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What I Learned at Bandcamp: The Lymbs

The Lymbs Bandcamp, interview

Guitarist/vocalist Gage Bickerstaff and drummer Jeff Bell make up The Lymbs. The 23-year-old rockers are based out of Albuquerque, NM and have been playing music together for over two years.

In November 2013, the duo released Casa de Amor, which is available to stream or purchase for $10 on Bandcamp.

The Spec interviewed the duo about an upcoming album and the band’s inspiration, read below to find out what’s in store for The Lymbs…

How long have you been making music?
We both have had an interest in music since the beginning, and both started playing when we were eight or nine. As far as training, we have both studied classically in regards to our instruments (guitar/percussion). In the creative realm, we both started putting together our own musical ideas, whether it was songs or phrases for songs and compositions, in middle and high school.

Who/what are your influences?
The band is influenced by the same thing that all artists are influenced by, our observations, experiences, and our colleagues. We focus on creating art that reflects upon our society and the way we live, good or bad, to coax change or to praise tradition. The message is somewhat political at times, but we feel our songs are more like social commentary than political rhetoric. Who are we as artists if we don’t use our voice and our stage, to stir an emotional current in the public about our state of being?

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
GB: I can’t say that I have a favorite song of ours, but I was proud of our EP as a whole when it came out last November. It said everything I wanted to say. There are things I didn’t like about it, but it was a good start for us.

JB:Wicker Man” was our first professionally recorded song. We released it as a single almost seven months before releasing the EP. It’s an important song to us because it helped the band move forward in a way nothing else had to that point. We put it online everywhere music is listened to, started a website to feature it, and even made a music video. Releasing “Wicker Man” meant we had to come to a decision about changing the band name from the correctly spelled and commonly used “Limbs” since we wanted something more original in the market. Musically, all the songs we’ve released are fun to play and I’m proud of them. But this song was that first big step.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We are currently back in the studio working on another EP. We are hoping to have that out by the end of the year or early next year, and then tour again, most likely on the West Coast again.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
GB:┬áThat’s a hard question to answer mainly because I honestly have never planned on being anything else other than a musician. I know that probably sounds cliche, or maybe sounds as if it isn’t true, but my earliest memories have a musical basis, and I have dreamt about performing in front of massive crowds since I can remember. If I did anything else I would probably find another way to hopefully influence people in a positive sense. So in that case, I guess I would be a different kind of writer or journalist, activist, or maybe a teacher.

JB: There are a lot of things I like to do besides playing music. I ski and climb and like to spend a lot of time outdoors. If I could make a living doing any of it I guess I would.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
GB: I grew up on classic rock so I am a big fan of bands like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, and The Beatles, but I’m also heavily influenced by more modern acts like Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, The Strokes, and Rage Against The Machine. All that being said, I have my go to song writers like Paul Simon, Billy Joel, and James Taylor.

JB: Same as Gage for the most part. But I grew up enjoying a lot of music from different genres like orchestral, rap, indie, and metal. So my drumming style sort of blends it all together. Dennis Chambers is my favorite drummer because he plays so tightly and in the pocket. I’ll listen to and look up to any band with a tight rhythm section.

Why do you make music?
GB: I make music for a lot of the reasons mentioned earlier about what influences us. I want to help change the world for the better and this is the way I feel I can do that most effectively, amongst other things. Also, music makes you feel, and I feel everything when I’m playing. So for me, there is no greater joy than strapping on my guitar, hearing the click of the cable as I plug in, and letting the crowd know how the music makes me feel, so that they can hopefully feel something as well.

JB: Drumming has been my pastime since I was really young. If I wasn’t in a band or teaching drums I would still be playing for enjoyment. But making music and being a part of something more is a value of mine because it challenges me to be creative and explore the drums on a different level.

 

2 Comments

  1. I,ll definitely be checking these guys out! Cool name for sure.

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