The Severed Limb are one of my newly discovered coolest bands on the planet. Seeing that I keep tabs on the goings on of Billy Childish and all things from Damaged Goods Records it was only a matter of days till I listened to the new single off of the upcoming album from The Severed Limb. It’s a blast and that got me listening to the older stuff and here we are doing a Meet The Band with ,The Severed Limb. Great stuff indeed and fun! so give a listen and read all about them then be sure to tell your friends about this cool band from London….The Severed Limb
a little back history from The Severed Limb.com
The Severed Limb began life as a punk skiffle trio, recording a cassette in the cellar of drummer Charlie Michael’s south London pub in 2008. With Bobby Paul on guitar/vocals and Charlie’s half brother Leo Lewis on washboard they began gigging in South London pubs. With no actual bass player they asked members of the audience to fill in on tea-chest bass. After a few gigs the band were invited to support rockabilly star Imelda May at Bush Hall and later at Koko, Camden. They recruited bass player Colin Young and guitarists Jimmy Curry and Sam Soper (who’d produced the cassette together) to play at the gigs.
Accordionist/illustrator Alex Barrow was recruited in 2009 and the band recorded a CD on Imelda May’s imprint. Unhappy with the results the band set about recording a DIY EP in Bobby’s living room in Elephant and Castle. With double bass player Simon Mitchell replacing Colin Young they started busking heavily and diversifying their sound to include elements of cumbia, garage and R&B. They self-released the EP ‘WOO EEE HA HA!’ on vinyl only and it quickly gained the attention of Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 6 music who invited them to record a live session at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios.
Sticking with the vinyl only format, the band released a 7” single (‘Take You Out’) and another EP (‘The Shake Up’). Along with Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe started championing the band on Radio 2, Gideon Coe got behind them, John Kennedy at XFM and even Andrew Weatherall. In May 2012 The Severed Limb played to a full house at the Royal Albert Hall opening for Imelda May. Later that year dance music pioneers Hot Chip named them in their “dream festival lineup” alongside Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin.
Compiling together the best tracks from the EPs along with eight new tracks The Severed Limb released their debut proper in early 2013. ‘Kill You and Bill You the Price of the Bullet’ cemented their identity as a roots and punk outfit with a Clash-like diversity and curiosity for global sounds.
The Severed Limb recorded their second album at Marco Nelson’s all analogue Studio 65 in Brixton Hill throughout 2014.
A 7” single will be released on Damaged Goods Records in Feb 2015 shortly followed by the new album.
Meet The Band….
Hi our name is…. Severed Limb.
People say we sound like….. we where going to be a metal band but we’re most definitely not.
We are….. Bobby (singer, guitar), Leo (washboard), Alex (accordion), Sam (guitar), Simon (bass), Charlie (drums)
We are from……. London, England.
Who are some that have an influence on you… There’s a real range. The Clash, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Iggy Pop, Cumbia music, Linton Kwesi Johnson.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band…
Bobby: I’ve played guitar since I was 14, Leo washboard and percussion since about 21, Alex plays accordion but played piano first when he was a kid, Sam has played guitar since he was very very young, Simon has played bass since the punk days, Charlie has played drums since his late teens.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
Often one of us writes a song (or the bare bones of it), then brings it to a rehearsal or busking session and everyone makes up their parts to flesh it out. We’re pretty open about suggestions from each other. We gig it and then go into the studio. Recently, working with producer Marco Nelson, we dissected the songs with him the day before recording and got rid of any parts that were unnecessary. Then he hits the record button! Damaged Goods Records is putting our new record out and we hope to keep working with them.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
The biggest challenge as a musician is overcoming your ego. You don’t have to play every moment of every song. Maybe all the song might need from you is one strum of the guitar every now and then or just the simplest of drum beats. Often the simple stuff sounds best. On this record, everyone in the band was really cool about letting other people play guest bass, drums, piano, whatever, if the song required it. That was pretty cool of them all I thought.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
Back to New Orleans in the 1950s to see Professor Longhair in some Honky Tonk. Or maybe 1979 to see The Clash gigging in New York with Grandmaster Flash in support.
Who are all of you currently listening to ….
Listening to Billy Childish, Mac Demarco, Dr. John, The Fall.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Right now I’d like to open for Billy Childish. He’s on the same record label as us, so it might happen!
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Be a good friend to your band mates. Too many bands break up too early. They think they’re like the Sex Pistols or something and it’s okay to make just one record and that’s it. It is if you’re as good as The Sex Pistols of course.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us….
No computers were involved in the making of this record. Not that we’ve got anything against computers!
Our plans for 2015…..
Play lots of gigs in as many different places as possible. And record! We’ve probably got enough songs for a new record already.
listen to some cool tunes….
This new 7” single will be released in Feb 2015 shortly followed by If You Ain’t Livin’ You’re A Dead Man, their eagerly awaited new album, and when that happens we will bring you that new album in its entirety …
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