One of favorite new bands of 2015…..
from their bio.
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 to play at the gigs.
Accordionist/illustrator Alex Barrow was recruited in 2009 and 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. 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.
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.
‘If You Ain’t Livin/Tidy is a Vulture was released as a double a-side 7” single on Damaged Goods Records in March 2015 shortly followed by the album ‘If You Ain’t Livin’ You’re a Dead Man to strong reviews both in the UK and abroad.
They are currently working on their third album.