During his recent shows in Australia, Bruce Springsteen covered songs originally made famous by artists with strong ties to the world’s sixth-largest country, such as AC/DC, INXS and The Bee Gees.
Maybe for his next tour Down Under, The Boss will work in a number by Lime Cordiale. Fronted by brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach, the Sydney, Australia-connected, horn-enhanced pop band toured its home country throughout 2013 in support of its second EP, Falling Up the Stairs, which was recently released in North America.
Medleyville.us: In terms of success and creativity, is there a rock ’n’ roll brother combo you guys aspire to be like? And in terms of your personal relationship, is there a sibling duo in the music biz that you most resemble?
Oli Leimbach: “I mean, The Jackson 5 weren’t too shabby … Our dad managed us too for a while, but I don’t think he was as hard on us. We’ve been listening to a lot of The Beach Boys’ back catalog recently. Kings of Leon inspired us through high school. Haim are a sibling trio [of sisters] that is doing great things around the world and who play solid live shows with no trickery.”
If you could construct a monument featuring the faces of Australia’s five most important musical figures, who would you include?
Leimbach: “Maybe it’s not the first band you would think of, but I’ve gotta say The Wiggles. How many people kicked off their musical lives with those colorful men? You’d have to shove Men at Work on there. Let’s glue on AC/DC because you’ve gotta. Even though they’re new bands with only a few years behind them, I’d put on Tame Impala and The Preatures — two Aussie bands that we’re really into at the moment.”
Has the profanity in Lime Cordiale’s lyrics led to any problems for the band in terms of radio airplay or live performances? And where do you stand on releasing cleaned-up versions of songs in order to increase your potential for success outside of your home country?
Leimbach: “Weird you should ask: We recently hit a dilemma with lyric replacement. ‘Sleeping at Your Door’ has a swear word at the end of each chorus — that’s easy enough to replace, so we replaced it. ‘Bulls–t Aside’ was different because the swear word is in the title. We didn’t want to change it, and our producer refused to even let us in the studio to re-record it. After going back and forth for a few weeks, we ended up giving in and changing the lyrics for a few stations that really need it. I’ve been told the censored versions won’t be released to the public. Whatever — they turned out all right.”
“Bulls–t Aside” and “Sleeping at Your Door” both feature horns, which used to be quite common in pop music. Are there other not-so-common-anymore instruments you’d like to incorporate into future recordings?
Leimbach: “Most of the songs on the EP have a few horns. Sometimes they’re just there to fatten out the sound. I play clarinet, and we featured that quite a lot on our first EP. This time I was concentrating on baritone sax, but I’m sure it’ll come back in our next recordings.”
Finish this sentence: During this year’s SXSW, I will …
Leimbach: “… pass out after the first night in the streets.”
— Introduction and interview by Chris M. Junior
Lime Cordiale — SXSW 2014 official showcases (schedule subject to change):
* 9 p.m. March 13: TenOak, 409 Colorado St.
* 9 p.m. March 15: Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room, 512 Trinity St.
Other Lime Cordiale performances in Austin, Texas:
* 1:10 p.m. March 12: The Thirsty Nickel, 325 E. 6th St. (RedGorilla Music Festival)
* 5:20 p.m. March 13: B.D. Riley’s, 204 E. 6th St.
* 12:15 p.m. March 15: Maggie Mae’s, 323 E. 6th St.