LIMN to play Monstercade
LIMN, a new Greensboro electro-post-metal outfit with an art focus will hit the road for a show at Monstercade on Nov. 16.
“We’re all multi-instrumentalists, not just musicians,” the group answered collectively, hinting toward the holistic approach they embody in their latest collaborative endeavor.
Drawing inspiration from musical styles such as post-rock, electronic, synth, krautrock and post-punk, with a love for horror movies and a focus on artistic and visual elements, the newer Greensboro project features Ben Braxton, Sean Hall and Kyle McCandless (names which should be familiar to fans of Greensboro bands like Black Squares / White Islands, Ebon Shrike, Saucer, and Transport 77).
“One definition of LIMN is to suffuse or highlight something with a bright color or light,” they explained of the collective name, to which they prefer an all-capitalized variation. “We like the idea of having a visual connection with our music. We like balancing darkness and light in our art. The word fit with what we were doing artistically. We had tossed around several phrases about where we were at the time with a big focus on art and being cerebral.”
Art comes first in this foray. “It’s an art project with an emphasis on music,” they noted. “It’s important that we incorporate visual elements into our shows moving forward, whether that be lighting or projections or something like smog.”
The group feels the visual element is necessary. “We write big, epic, cinematic pieces often, so visualization is extremely important to us, whether we give you the visual or whether you make your own visualization and interpretation,” they said. “We strive to create a sonic palette that is rich and beautiful while at the same time alluding to the forbidden and strange, balancing darkness and light.”
That balance is struck through “artistic inspirations,” including Werner Herzog, Czechoslovakian lullabies, Phillip K. Dick and classic horror films. “We put movies on a projector often at band practice, so a bit of that stuff rubs off and becomes influential,” they said of the hold film carries over the project, with a noted preference for soundtracks from John Carpenter flicks and mind-benders like Aguirre Wrath of God, Beyond the Black Rainbow, and Mandy.
Musically, each member brings a slightly different set of sonic motivation, with overlapping interests. For Braxton, it’s Battles, Preoccupations, GNOD, and This Heat. Hall listed Black Sabbath, Death from Above 1979, and Radiohead. And McCandless nodded to Mogwai, Lower Dens, and Russian Circles.
Those influences combined with their experience has helped the group set a methodical pace, with recordings released in tandem with their debut over the summer. “It was very important to us to have an EP ready when we hit the scene,” they explained.
“We wanted our material honed and ready,” they added. “Listening to the material you create in the studio makes you hone-in on the finished product and focus on making it a certain way when playing live.”
As a result, their summer debut spent nearly a year in the works. “We really wanted to take time to craft our sound,” they insisted. “We wanted to explore other genres and ideas that we had not previously, and not repeat ourselves from older projects.”
LIMN may be a new band, but its members aren’t new to the game. “We’ve done projects before that were half baked, where you play poorly for a year or so, and down the line, you record material that you are sick of, and that’s irrelevant. We didn’t want to do that again,” they explained of the intentional varnish applied to the project debut and coinciding EP release, recorded at Legitimate Business.
Exploration beyond the general band rigamarole extends to their entire process, right down to a sort of game-based songwriting Braxton created, which employs several different writer’s block techniques. LIMN isn’t looking to spin stale wheels. “We’re in this to produce art and have people enjoy it. We want to give people an immersive experience at shows,” they insisted.
Pushing forward, the group is exploring the possibilities of label-shopping and anticipates establishing outward connections by casting a large net of multi-genre shows. “We’re still a new band, so we just want to get our name out there,” they said with a nod toward regional exposure, noting their upcoming Raleigh show on Nov. 23 with Distant Future and Horizontal Hold at Slim’s.
But first, LIMN is most looking forward to their inaugural Winston visit at Monstercade on Nov. 16 with Strobobean and Robespierre.
Katei Cranford is a Triad music nerd who hosts the Tuesday Tour Report, a radio show that plays like a mixtape of bands touring N.C. the following week, 5-7 p.m. on WUAG 103.1 FM.