Utah-based singer/songwriter Levi Conner has a dominant, engaging rock voice that makes you sit up and take notice. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that he’s made an impressive start to his solo career.
Debut single Wasting My Time has amassed more than 500,000 streams on Spotify and he’s just followed it up with the excellently titled Old West Apocalypse, which gives us a glimpse of Levi’s rockier edge.
It opens up with a cool little synthy sound, then a verse of edgy vocals “I’ve been walking out of line, They took my baby in the night, Now there’s nobody left for me” that continues into a big rocky singalong chorus. A rockier second verse again builds up to another big chorus, supported by big cried vocals in the background.
That drops into a cool little post-chorus section followed by a big mass of rocky noise. That soon gives way to several repeats of the chorus then a blast of cool rocky guitars and wild vocals to finish. It’s a super cool rocky track and you can check it out in the stream below:
We had a chat with Levi to find out more, read on below…
GR: Who is Levi Conner? And where are you from?
LC: “I’m a songwriter from a very small town called Otter Creek in Maine, but I currently live in Utah.”
GR: You release Old West Apocalypse earlier this month. What should people be expecting from the song?
LC: “I hope people have a neutral expectation so they are not disappointed. I have always read a lot of science fiction, specifically, books set in dystopian futures, ie. A Brave New World, and The Road. So I feel like this song pulls from those ideas lyrically.
“It feels like a lawless wasteland to me, where the protagonist has lost the person he cares for the most and he is set on exacting revenge. Melodically it has very early American blues/chain gang type cadence and structure which hopefully supports the overall theme. A lot of those songs were about loss and hardship, it’s an honest theme, and it’s undying, but it’s also about fighting back against that.”
GR: It’s safe to say your debut track was successful! How did you feel to receive so many streams of your debut single?
LC: “People DM me that I don’t know, who love the song. It’s cool to see all the different types of people from all types of places get into it.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
LC: “It’s rock music, alternative rock. It’s vocal melody/lyric-driven.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
LC: “That’s a good question, it’s not one I that really think of often but I assume there are triggers, different triggers at various times that inspire me. I mean, I know after my little sister died I had a lot of emotional capitols that needed to be spent, so I got busy writing. But it’s not always the struggle, sometimes it’s just going on a hike or waking up at night with an idea in my head. I think more often than not it’s just life.
“I do write about personal things, that feels like the easiest thing to do. I really enjoy coming up with ‘fictional’ characters and ideas though. For example, I have a song called Fire In The Sky that is about an alien boy being abducted by human beings and taken to earth. And there are probably personal truths or honest feelings within those fictions that you could probably find parallels to if you had the real-life context. Maybe you can apply those themes to your own life, that’s the part where music is often, not always, but often left open to the listener’s interpretation.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
LC: “So many. I will list some. Aaron Copland, Mozart, Vampire Weekend, Led Zeppelin, Max Richter, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jeff Buckley, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Autechre, Rufus Wainwright, Sigur Ros, Vivaldi, Cage The Elephant. It could go on.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
“I am working to book out the rest of this year with shows, some house shows as well. I will be releasing an EP. I am constantly writing so there is always new music.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
“I hope people enjoy it. I hope if one of my songs gets stuck in your head it doesn’t make you want to run head down into a wall. I hope they have some meaning for you and that you walk away glad that you took the time to listen. I would hate to waste a person’s time.”