Dead Meadow Live From the Pillars of God
Dead Meadow emerged in Washington, D.C. in the late 90s, and reached critical mass in the mid-2000s, sparking the resurgence of heavy, psychedelic rock with an unholy marriage of Sabbath riffs, Crazy Horse jams and Floydian atmospherics. Incorporating elements of folk, blues, and subtle hooks into this heavy mix, their work stands as one of the pillars of modern psychedelic rock: a monolith of heavy, fuzzy rock n roll. In Fall 2020, Dead Meadow convened at Camp Mozumdar, hidden away in the mountains above Los Angeles, to record their Levitation Session at The Pillars of God. The film captures a full performance from the legendary trio, with all original members - Steve Kille (bass), Mark Laughlin (drums) and Jason Simon (guitar/vocals). The three rip through tracks across their discography in front of the monumental structure, part of a sprawling complex built by A.K. Mozumdar and his followers in the mid 20th century in the mountains of Crestline, California as a place of worship for people of all faiths. The band’s Levitation Session gathers tracks from over 20 years of the band’s work, distilled into a potent 70 minute performance, featuring rare tracks and a handful that have never been released live before. Dead Meadow runs through classic live favorites like “Green Sky Green Lake”, “What Needs Must Be”, and “The Narrows” but then delves into more esoteric regions of their catalogue. “White Worm” occasionally finds its way into a set but is captured live for the first time here while “Jusiamere Farm” has not been played since shows in the early 2000s.