2008 Artist Lineup

Limbeck

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It’s no wonder that the Limbeck boys–Robb, Patrick, Justin and Matt–decided to call their new album Let Me Come Home. Fashioning themselves as the Kerouacs of rock ‘n’ roll, the past years have been marked by a list of cities–Tulsa, Vegas, Minneapolis, Dallas, Tucson–snapshots from the journey of a non-stop tour. Add to that writing, rehearsing, and recording, it’s not surprising that Limbeck have been longing for their hometown of Orange, California. But rock ‘n’ roll has always been about grit, gasoline, and the people you meet along the way. “Our fans are really cool,” says Robb. “Recently I’ve found myself taking mostly pictures of people and less of the scenery which used to be the majority of my photos. I’ve also started writing more songs about people.” And maybe that’s why Limbeck’s songs feel like a postcard from an old friend, familiar and comforting–connecting with something in you that you had almost forgotten. Starting off as a punk outfit (as most kids tend to), the Limbeck boys are no longer the guttersnipes of their debut, This Chapter Is Called Titles. Building a foundation of Big Star and Tom Petty-inflected power pop, Limbeck refashioned their sound for sophomore release Hi, Everything’s Great. From that moment on the boys have been working on their own take on classic rock–a hat tip to the Southern California sound of the early ’70s combined with loose, laid back, and rollicking blasts of Gram Parsons, the Beach Boys, the Stones, and most of all, the Replacements. After recording a good vibes, live-at-home version of Hi, Everything’s Great (entitled Hey, Everything’s Fine) Limbeck headed out to start work on their fourth studio album, Let Me Come Home. Taking on veteran producers Ed Ackerson (Juliana Hatfield, the Wallflowers) and the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, the album was recorded at Ed’s Flower Studio in Minneapolis. For the album, Ed and Gary had the band record each song live, doing the overdubs later, capturing the boundless energy that embodies Limbeck’s live show. “It was a scary thing to sit there and do everything live to tape,” explains Patrick, “but you think about things from your favorite records–the moments that you’re like ‘whoa, that thing that happens with the guitar is crazy.’ You can’t plan those things. And they seem to happen a lot more when you’re sittin’ in a room, the whole band altogether and just going for it.” The end result is the band’s best work to date. The record is a powerful and fierce collection of good-feeling, unstoppable alt-country songs, the culmination of all of their previous songwriting efforts. Let Me Come Home is full of gritty, rock tunes that level contemporaries with momentum, fury and heartfelt humor. But most importantly what Limbeck has discovered while recording Let Me Come Home is that home is not a place as much as it is where you find it. “We come through the same places pretty often,” says Patrick, “and we stay with the same people. It gives us a whole handful of homes away from home. Whether it’s staying over with people and sleeping on couches or touring with some real good friends where every night it’s kinda like family, it’s just real nice.” Written by Record Label

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