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“Drawing on a variety of ’90s influences, including Nirvana and the Vines, Lever present what they coin “bipolar grunge pop.” While a unique take on the decade’s sound, the likeness is undeniable. In fact, we challenge you to put them in a playlist alongside Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden and tell us they don’t belong.” - Alternative Press (2020)


Lever is a three-piece original alternative/grunge/pop/rock n’ roll band taking influences from artists such as Nirvana, The Vines, Oasis, Speedy Ortiz, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. They have had the opportunity to perform on legendary stages like the Metro, House of Blues, Vans Warped Tour in Chicago, and the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.


In 2017, Lever was voted "Best Rock Band" by the Chicago Reader's Poll, ​and in 2018, Lever was awarded "Best Rock Entertainer" at the 37th Annual Chicago Music Awards.


Alongside their full-length Hover Bored (2015) and their EP Ms. Lead (2017), Lever released their second full-length album, Douse, on May 10, 2019.


Lever has shared the stage with national touring acts, such as Night Ranger, RED, TIGERCUB, Radkey, The Dead Deads, Diarrhea Planet, Blacktop Mojo, Thunderpussy, Summer Cannibals, Doll Skin, Saving Abel, City of the Weak, Stitched Up Heart, Darling Parade, and The Composure.


In 2020, Alternative Press named Lever as one of the "10 alternative bands who are keeping ’90s music modern."


Lever is:

Jon Babin - Vocals/Guitar/Bass

Jeff Aquino - Guitar/Backup Vocals Michael Reinhold- Drums

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