Levels was founded in the latter months of 2015 by drummer Dalton Kennerly and guitarist Rob Mathews. They began writing what would eventually become the Exist EP for the band and creating a solid foundation for their music. Soon after, both guitarist Jager Felice and original vocalist Jake Sanders were brought onto the project. The four were attending the same college at the time and with the close proximity and ease of collaboration, the band began to advance quickly towards its goals. By the end of the year, they released their first song, titled “Become”, followed quickly by the Exist EP in May of 2016. Having a strong desire to share their music with a larger audience, the band went on their first national tour through the western United States in June of 2016; just over six months from their founding. Lacking a bassist, Felice reached out to a fellow friend, Jacob Hubbard, who he had known from other music projects and invited him along. Hubbard was an instant match and was welcomed into the Levels family as a full-time member during the tour.
Following their first tour, Levels put out their next single “Slip” at the end of the year. In January of 2017, Levels went on their second national tour. Shortly after the release of the single, Levels was approached by Famined Records to release their first full length album. The track “Mind” from the album, featuring Myke Terry of Volumes, gained heavy traction to put Levels on the forefront of Spotify’s “Got Djent?” playlist, as well as several other Spotify and Apple Music editorial playlists.
The band went on their third national tour across the southern and eastern states in 2018. In 2019, Levels went on their fourth tour across the Midwest with Dallas based band, Be//gotten, followed by their fifth US tour in March with VRSTY and Glass Hands. During this time, Levels would perform at So What?! Festival in Dallas, Get Busy Living Festival in Los Angeles, and share various stages with some of their own personal favorite acts such as Beartooth, Attila, The Devil Wears Prada, Escape the Fate, Erra, Kublai Khan, Sworn In, ‘68, Traitors, Oceano, and Dokken.
Levels then released two singles: “Fade” and “Encapsulate.” Both songs were produced by industry heavyweight Jeff Dunne, whose mixing credits include bands such as Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, After the Burial, and Wage War.
In 2020, vocalist Jake Sanders departed the band on friendly terms to pursue other interests. Following this departure, the band had anticipated their first international tour in the spring of 2020, however this tour had to be put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The band then utilized this time trying out new vocalists. Kolby Carignan of South Carolina was selected for the position and debuted in the group’s single, “Chauvinist” as a vocalist and co-writer. The track would prove to be the band’s biggest success to date, achieving over half a million streams and landing on playlists like “Progressive Metal” and “Got Djent?”.
Following the successful release of “Chauvinist”, the band went back to the drawing board to construct a new single “EON”, which would be released in August of 2021. The track continued to broaden their fan base and gave the band more experience with collaborating on the writing process. After “EON” came out, the band went on a writing retreat to craft new music and plan the future of the band.
In December 2021, the band hit the road for their first post pandemic tour across the Southeast. Performing at venues such as Come and Take it Live in Austin, Texas and the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. These shows allowed the band to further develop their sound and dynamic with new vocalist Kolby Carignan. Upon returning from tour, the band would begin preparation for their upcoming releases with new producer Jonathan Dolese (KonKrete Studios).
Levels traveled to Nashville in early 2022 to begin writing and recording their next EP at KonKrete Studios. There was an immediate chemistry between the band and Jonathan which led to the group redefining the sound of Levels. The band released a single titled “Sisu” on August 22nd, 2022, followed later in the year by the release of the single “Opium of Man” on December 2nd, 2022.
The band returned to KonKrete Studios at the end of 2022, this time with Landon Tewers (The Plot In You) as a co-writer and co-producer. After the success of that trip to the studio, the band went back in early 2023 to finish an EP that will challenge listeners’ expectations for the genre.
On February 17th, 2023, the latest single by the band “Paracosm” was released.