Limbeck's Patrick Carrie: "It's a Shame We Don't Get Together and Play More Often"
Alt-country rockers Limbeck may technically be a Southern California band, but the group has number of ties to Arizona. "Comin' From Tucson" is about a long drive home after playing a show at Club Congress almost a decade ago, the band is good friends with Reubens Accomplice, who just so happens to be joining Limbeck on this short tour, and bassist Justin Entsminger, who is on double duty in Limbeck and Source Victoria, lives in Phoenix.
This three date tour will be the first time Limbeck has performed in over four years. "We never really officially called it quits, or even said anything about a 'hiatus.' We just came to the point where we couldn't tour full-time anymore," says guitarist/vocalist Patrick Carrie, "the four of us haven't actually all been in the same room in a long time, so we'll see what happens!"
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Up on the Sun: Tell us about your upcoming California/Arizona tour? Why is it so short?
Patrick Carrie: It's been at least four years since the last time we've all played together as Limbeck. We never really officially called it quits, or even said anything about a "hiatus." We just came to the point where we couldn't tour full-time anymore. I was recently hanging with some good friends (who happen to play in Reubens Accomplice) and we were talking about how it's a shame we don't get together and play more often. So, we decided to put together a quick tour of a few of our favorite places. It's short because since we don't play music full time anymore, it ain't that easy to have four dudes get the same week off.
What ties does Limbeck have to Arizona?
When we started out, we'd always make trips out to Arizona to play Phoenix and Tucson, then drive back overnight so we could make it back for work the next morning. Arizona grew to be one of our favorite places to play because of all of the great friends we've made, and cool venues. Now our bass player Justin lives out there.
What inspired Limbeck's alt-country-meets indie rock sound?
It was definitely a natural progression. We were all big fans of Lookout Records pop-punk and indie rock bands like the Get Up Kids, but when we started to tour more, our eyes were opened to a whole library of folk and Americana, music that just sounded better when you're on a highway in the middle of nowhere with a big blue sky and lots of open space.
What inspired so many songs about cities and traveling to places like Las Vegas, Virginia, Ohio, etc?
For the most part, our touring was the main influence to all of our geographical references we throw out there. Every state/city we mention has a pretty good story behind it. The cities that you mentioned were all found on our Hi, Everything's Great record, which was early in our touring days. Those places still remain dear to our hearts. We're fortunate to have met a lot of great people through our music.
Can you tell the story behind "Honk + Wave?" I see you were driving through Utah, where were you headed?
Robb wrote those lyrics, but I'm sure we were on tour driving through Utah, on our way to the next stop. and he was daydreaming about what he would do if he saw an ex-girlfriend driving the other way on the highway.
Tell us a little bit about Hi, Everything's Great B-Sides. Did those just go up recently? If so, why post them now?
Those b-sides did just go up recently. A few of them made prior appearances on the vinyl of the album, and on a Doghouse Records compilation a while back, but the whole lot was never presented at the same time. When we decided to do a few more shows together, I was digging through some old tunes, and thought it would be fun to have them see the light of day.
I see you guys recently put out a seven inch. Are you working on any new material otherwise?
We haven't discussed it yet. The four of us haven't actually all been in the same room in a long time, so we'll see what happens!