Q and A by Brittany Long
Thank you to the Aussie duo for taking the time to answer these questions. Don’t forget to check the bands latest track, Money – which is available now on all streaming websites!
How would you describe your bands sound?
It’s always a hard question to answer when it’s your own music. We’ve been influenced by a lot of different genres over the years. We try to blend our favourite elements of different genres together. That could end up being drum sounds from a 90s hip-hop beat, the bass from a soul song, 60s psychedelic guitar and a slap-back delay from an early Elvis tune. In the end, we’re just suckers for a good melody.
What sort of music did you grow up listening to? Do you think that influenced the music you create now?
We grew up playing classical music, which then opened our eyes to a lot of World Music. I think World Music has always influenced us a lot. I definitely think you can get hit a wall with your ideas if you’re only listening to one genre. Listen to music from a different culture and you’ll suddenly be swimming with ideas.
Where did the name lime cordiale come from?
Our last name Leimbach. We decided to start a band whilst we were at a music festival in France called Musique Cordiale.
Most memorable show you’ve ever played?
On the last tour, we definitely played the HOTTEST show we’ve ever played. On the Gold Coast, an audience member turned off the air conditioning on a 45 degree day. We were dripping… and I’m not sure how we were left standing, but it sure was memorable.
If you could share the stage with anyone dead or alive who would you choose and why?
Probably someone with a filthy voice. Aretha Franklin or Ray Charles. Maybe Muddy Waters.
Tell me something no one knows about you?
Louis and I are both pretty badly colourblind.
Would you rather play to a sold out arena or a really intimate show with some of your biggest fans from around the world?
It’d be interesting to see what you could sell at the merch desk with the biggest fans from around the world. I’d definitely try sell a bit of wee in a bottle. But I’m not sure we’re at that stage yet. Maybe some day.
Is there a certain message you’re trying to convey through your music? Where does the inspiration for your music come from?
Some of our newest music has unintentionally been focussed around a refusal to give in to social pressures. The older you get, the harder it is to go walk away from the straight and narrow pathways that we’re expected to take when growing up.
Let’s talk about your debut album ‘permanent vacation’ how did that come about? How has the response been to it?
The album had a great response when we first released it. We followed it up with a lot of touring and I think it grew with every live show we did. We’ve become very accustomed to releasing music and having to work it. It’s very easy to believe that you’re new single is going to blow up on release day. That’s a dangerous thing. I think it’s healthier to expect it to flop and know you need to put in a lot of work in the months following the release.
If you weren’t musicians what do you think you would both be doing?
We’d probably be travelling and living in other places around the world. We’ve always loved travelling with our music and it’s one of the main things that we have to look forward to – playing in different parts of the world.
Who inspires you? Both in the music world and outside of it?
Our parents are big inspirations of ours. They’re both artists and are often more adventurous and immature than we’ll ever be. They’ve taught us that all you really need to do is have fun and try to leave a positive mark on the world.
What are your hobbies outside of music?
Surfing, cooking, gardening. All that stuff that really keeps you sane outside of the weird world of touring.
Favourite food to eat on tour?
We’ve travelled for nearly an hour across town to find the best Ramen.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and what would you do?
We popped over the border to Mexico from California. We’ve always wanted to travel around Mexico but all we got was a little tease. What better life is there than surfing and eating tacos all day long?
What’s it like being on tour with Tash Sultana?
We did 3 huge shows with her in Australia. It’s insane that she can’t seem to find a venue big enough for her so she creates her own festival with a bunch of amazing Aussie bands. It was great to hang and play alongside the Ocean Alley guys. We all started playing together at the same time, doing grungy little shows up and down the Northern Beaches.
What’s your relationship as brothers like? How does this change on and off the stage?
If two people have to share a bed on tour, it’s always us. Our friendship is pretty tight. We’ve always lived together and worked together. Don’t even remember what it’s like to have time apart.
Tell me about your life growing up? Was music a big part of your life?
We grew up as little bush kids with hippy parents on a small island. We’d leave the house in the morning and our parents wouldn’t know where we were until we came back in the evening. Mum is a cellist and has always been our main musical educator. Our childhood has always been filled with music and art.
If someone had only one chance to listen to one of your songs which song would you have them listen to and why?
Probably Naturally. The lyrics are biographical and the style just feels like a good mix of our old stuff and what’s to come.
I understand Louis does all the album artwork, Louis can you tell me where does the inspiration for the artwork come from ? How do you come up with the designs?
It definitely evolved from street art into something of his own. There are a few lino-cut artists that have been big influences. The main one is probably Bruce Gold, who we made a documentary about with our Dad recently. He loves Australian flora and fauna and you will see a lot of similarities between his and Louis’ work.
What was it like growing up near the beach? Were you both into surfing? If so is that something you still do?
The Northern Beaches of Sydney is changing a lot. Even when we were kids, it was smaller and filled with beach bums and hippies. It’s becoming more and more of a holiday destination and with people commuting to the city every day. It’s still a great place but there just isn’t much night life culture. It was great for us starting as a band. We played house parties and small bars. I just hope new bands can still find places to play.
One for the fans: favourite Disney movie?
The Jungle Book.
What advice would you give your 12 year old self?
Practise more piano.