Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock


Sounds like

Tired Lion, You Am I, DZ Deathrays, Sonic Youth


band members

James Redman - Guitar/Vox Michael Hay - Bass/Backing Vox David Jensen - Drums Clayton Brown - Guitar


Influences

the Pixies, Radiohead, You Am I


Website

Bio

"These guys know exactly how to seamlessly blend the credibility of garage rock with pop sensibilities to make something quite unique." Matt Steyn, Rotunda Media

“...we have a punk furnishing with an 90’s alternative-rock interior and a shoegazey front lawn.” explains James Redman, lead singer and founding member of Perth four-piece The Limbs, who’s story has been one with many ups and downs, lineup changes, festival appearances and now the movement from three to four members bringing a bigger and more colourful atmosphere to their songwriting and live performance.

Starting out originally in 2013, The Limbs is the brain-child of aforementioned James Redman, who started playing guitar at 14 immediately becoming obsessed with The Smashing Pumpkins, “They were the band for me. They changed my life completely. All I did day and night was play guitar and watch their live performances and listen to Siamese Dream on repeat. I knew I wanted to be a songwriter and play music, that to me seemed like the only thing that was worthwhile, I still feel that way - I’m stupidly hopelessly obsessed with music.”

Playing shows in the early days with bands like ‘Tired Lion’ and ‘Pat Chow’, the band released some initial singles before moving on to put out their debut EP titled ‘Beginner’ - an alternative punk-infused 4-track that was well received throughout the local scene. The recording of the EP itself was to be an easy process after winning a local band competition with the prize of free recording sessions and mixing, however after a number of setbacks only half of the prize was redeemed leaving the band with a bunch of unmixed tracks and empty pockets. At this point James took it upon himself to mix the tracks himself at home, “I spent five months mixing the tracks, I didn’t have a fancy studio setup at my house, all I had was a two-input audio interface and an old version of Logic on my computer that kept crashing - the process itself was incredibly tedious and stressful but ultimately, I ended up learning a great deal about music, creativity, production, and in a weird way, myself...” - this process would largely define the sound for the future of The Limbs.

Towards the end of 2017 the band went into the studio once again, this time with a new lineup featuring Michael Hay on Bass Guitar and David Jensen on Drums. The pre-production process on the new 6x track was labour intensive but bonded the three members before enlisting Andy Lawson at Debaser Studios (Tired Lion, Eskimo Joe, End of Fashion) to record & mix the sophomore EP with mastering from King Willy Sound (Gotye, The Waifs, BlueJuice). The recording process this time was a breeze with Andy at Debaser providing the guidance for the band to produce their best work yet - ‘Dive-In’ is six tracks of the grungy drums, punky guitar riffs and indie-pop lyrics; The Pixies meets PJ Harvey. James explains that the sound “...has incorporated a lot more styles and influences as the band has changed over the years...with each new member the sound and feel changes and moves to different horizons.”

After a great response from the first single ‘Don’t Sell Me Out’, the second single from the EP is due to be released on Friday the 3rd of August titled ‘Caught Me At A Bad Time’. “It was written much later after a breakup...it’s a song about hindsight and learning from these things. The main lyric, ‘I don’t need you anymore’, is supposed to capture the moment where you feel the growth from your past mistakes, but also simultaneously relates to the agonising feeling when you know the love and intimacy in your relationship is lost and the sense the end is near,” explains James Redman.

2018 has also brought new life to The Limbs by the group adding a fourth member, Clayton Brown, on second guitar expanding the live performance and moving the band into exciting new soundscapes. “We took the three-piece thing as far as we felt it could go and to add another member seemed an obvious step in expanding the sound. The existing songs, aswell as the new tracks we are now writing, have more texture and allow for more instrumental space to sonically support the vocal melody.”

Having recently supported the likes of Abbe May and Jebediah, The Limbs released their new EP 'Dive In' in November 2018 with a tour around the west coast of Australia, and are currently back in the studio recording a new single before venturing out for a run of shows on the east coast in support of the new release mid-year.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

23 Jul 2019

Triple J
40

sending the audience into a spin with this one.

sending the audience into a spin with this one.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

15 Jul 2019

Triple J
40

Rocky, stompy track from The Limbs. It's like they knew I f with mid '90s Primals but then they gave it a lush modern exterior.

Rocky, stompy track from The Limbs. It's like they knew I f with mid '90s Primals but then they gave it a lush modern exterior.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

07 Aug 2018

Triple J
40

How's the smoulder on this track? Chugs and burns with indignant intensity.

How's the smoulder on this track? Chugs and burns with indignant intensity.