In the spring of 2011, Michael formed the band 'The Els' with his wife Rachael Renee', longtime friend Nathaniel Lee, and bassist J. Elwood Johncox. Later that year, newly formed Alder Street Records signed Levasseur. The first record was recorded shortly thereafter at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, by Ian Pellicci. Over the course of 11 days, members of the els convened in the Mission District to record 5 tracks live in the studio. Michael worked with Rory Carroll (Black Telephone, The New York Times), who largely produced the album, and drummer John Masters (Cheniers, Metropolitan), who brought his hard-hitting style, on another 6 songs. Brand new indie label Alder Street Records will release the album titled 'Are's & Els' June 5th 2012 in a limited edition run deluxe 180 gram LP's and CD's with sleeve artwork featuring photos by Rachael Renee' Levasseur and graphic design by Factory North!