What is your name and role within The Limbs?
James Redman. Guitarist, singer and primary songwriter
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Perth, WA. Alternative rock, indi, shoegaze, punk.
What are the pros and cons of being a WA based band?
Not as many venues. Hard to find members. Hard to find opportunities. Cliquey.
Pushed to work harder. Lots of great bands. Nice community of people.
What’s been happening recently?
Just released our new single ‘Here’.
Your new single ‘Here’ is out now, where and when did you record?
We recorded it earlier this year with Andy Lawson at his studio in Martin. Great room, great vibes.
What programs/instruments did you use?
Loads of funky guitar pedals. Andy used Protools.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for Here?
Just a big instant sound. We didn’t want anything with too much dynamic. It just had to be big the whole way through. It started out as just something to open our set with. We didn’t labour over it too much we just wanted it to just be big and punchy.
How did you go about writing Here?
It started as an impromptu jam. We recorded it on my phone and then forgot about it for months. Leading up to our launch of our ep we wanted a tune that would open the set really well and so I suggested that thing we did months ago. Since then I had written a couple of lyrics and structured it and so it came together with the band really quickly.
Where can we buy/listen?
Spotify. Soundcloud. Unearthed
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listen to a lot of jazz these days. It helps me relax. Band wise im listening to Gerling’s first album Children of Telepathic Experiences which is just bonkers. I also really like Yves Tumor’s Safe in the hands of love.
I would say the last really great rock record I’ve heard would be Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest. That album is every great rock band rolled into one.
What do you like to do away from music?
I’m doing a degree in Professional Writing and Publishing at the moment, which I guess focuses on a lot of journalism and editorial’s and what goes into writing them. I’m a big reader so I’m constantly buried in a book. Occasionally I have the odd poker game with some friends. I like movies too. I recently watched Luis Bunuel’s Viridiana which blew me away.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019?
We need to find a new bass player. Then release our next single which is recorded and ready to go. Then we’ll probably set up a small tour in support of that single. I think with the next single we’re going to accompany it with a bit more of a campaign. Merch, videos, tours and the like.
Any secrets that you care to share?
Don’t worry about music. Don’t try and control it. It’s totally out of your control.
Don’t worry about the industry. It’s a big fire breathing behemoth that doesn’t care about you.
Do music for the fun of it and don’t get too caught up in it being a career.
I would have never said that two years ago, but nowadays that’s a big reality that I’m facing. It’s actually quite liberating in a way. Takes the pressure off.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
The Flying Scotsman. My work. My second home.