Josh T. Pearson’s Lift To Experience have announced their first show in 15 years headlining the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 10 June as part of Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival.
The legendary cult band comprising Josh T. Pearson, Andy “The Boy” Young and Josh “The Bear” Browning will reunite for an exclusive one-off show.
Lift To Experience will also mark the 15th anniversary of the release of their seminal double concept album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads with the definitive re-release of this work of breath-taking ambition and divine inspiration, later in the year via Mute.
Lift To Experience formed in Denton, Texas, at the end of the last millennium. Their rise was fast and reign short; following the release of their long-form masterpiece, the band imploded at the peak of their career due to a series of cruel tragedies. In this short time, however, the band achieved high critical acclaim and were so beloved by John Peel, that he invited them to record three Peel sessions in just five months and were included in the Best 125 Peel Sessions of all time.
Listen to ‘Falling From Cloud 9’ (Peel Session) here: https://youtu.be/GaojlvJLnns
After the group disbanded, the legend of their thunderous live shows and sole record has only grown. A cult recording that still possesses a mystical power in an era when such things seem to have fallen away. The purity of Pearson’s vision, and the passion with which the band executed it, still electrifies, still moves. It was, Pearson says, “a lot of blood, sweat and tears”.
Talking about June’s Royal Festival Hall show, Josh T. Pearson admits, “We’re scared. We want it to be as good as it was. Five years ago I realised, there’s no better bands out there. There might be bands as good – I can think of maybe five of them I’d put up with us – but Lift To Experience was as good as it gets. The three of us didn’t want to be in any other band if it wasn’t as good as that. We’d rather burn that shit to the ground than have it not be pure. We haven’t been in the same room together for some years,” he says cautiously. “But we’d like it to be a celebration.”
Tickets for the London Royal Festival Hall show go on sale on Friday 18 March (Wednesday 16 March for Southbank Centre members) from www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/lift-to-experience-96856