Joe Turner & the Seven Levels

Joe Turner & the Seven Levels

 Watertown, Massachusetts, USA

Melodic, poppy psychedelic rock with elements from every decade: 60s Beatles & Byrds, 70s Pink Floyd and Who, 80s XTC, 90s BritPop. Boston Phoenix: "One of the coolest local albums this year."


Joe Turner has always sung and played a variety of instruments, so when his previous outfit Abunai! called it quits after five years, he got off their drum stool and back to work on some new sounds of his own. After the 'small' distraction of organizing the universally loved Terrastock 5 festival was over, he began to make a year and half of unemployment worthwhile by focusing on his new solo sounds. 2004's "Between Two Seconds" runs a wire-length between meditative gauze-rock and full-on rocking psychedelia. He's got plenty of inspired experience to draw on, having performed with The Lilys, Barbara Manning, Damo Suzuki (Can), Brother JT, and Nick Saloman (Bevis Frond), as well as several times with the Boston Rock Opera. Joe's song contributions to Abunai! had left a clue as to the layered, melodious urges that he'd been harboring, and now those urges are ripe for the rock harvest.

Whether it's the huge harmonies that fill up "Coordinate Zero" (an audio picture-postcard from Amsterdam), the rock-solid drums and sharp guitar leads in "Perfect the First Time", a watery piano leading the way in "When the Day Crowd Leaves", or the muscular bass of "Stella Luna" (written only after seeing, but not actually reading, the children's book of the same name) Joe uses his unerring melodic sensibility to plunk stoned cyclical mantras onto the same skewer as twitchy psych-pop, delivering a delicious rock shishkebab to your plate.

The band recently unleashed their self-released "Triplets" EP, in preparation for the forthcoming second album, provisionally entitled GIRLS GET DRUGS FOR FREE.


Between Two Seconds (Camera Obscura CAMCD067)
Triplets EP (self-released)

"Turn Me Upside Down"
The Further Adventures of the Telepathic Explorers Free City Media FRDC005

"Tuesday Afternoon"
Higher & Higher: A Tribute to the Moody Blues
Mellow Records MMP481

Set List

45-60 minutes, 9-12 original songs, most under 5 minutes, with an occasional cover.