CODEINE: Resurrecting the ’90s Soundscapes at Levitation Thoughts+Photos: Codeine at The Far Out Lounge 10/26/23
“… In the ever-evolving realm of music festivals, where reunions and comebacks have become the latest trend, it was nothing short of a sonic resurrection when the iconic New York band Codeine emerged from the shadows of the ’90s to grace the stage at Levitation. This trailblazing trio had left an indelible mark on the alternative rock scene before disbanding in 1994, with only a brief return in 2012. Yet, in 2023, they resurfaced, reigniting the pioneering sounds that have inspired generations of musicians and fans alike.
Levitation, known for its eclectic lineup and diverse musical offerings, kicked off this year with a bang as Codeine took the main stage at The Far Out Lounge. The audience was treated to an extensive and substantive performance, accompanied by some of the most mesmerizing visuals of the entire four-day event. The interplay of lights and projections created a spectacular sensory experience, elevating an already stunning concert.
As Stephen Immerwahr, John Engle, and Chris Brokaw took the stage, it was immediately evident that their ability to navigate intricate musical passages with finesse had only grown with time. The setlist was a carefully curated journey through their discography, offering a blend of fan favorites and lesser-known gems. Surprisingly, even the younger audience members up front seemed intimately familiar with Codeine’s repertoire, a testament to the band’s enduring influence.
Codeine has carved a niche for itself by adopting a musical language distinct from the conventional “classic rock” genre and the somewhat unfortunate label of “slowcore.” Their performance at Levitation showcased their mastery of quiet and loud dynamics, creating an experience that was both tentative and subtle yet remarkably assertive…”