The Limiñanas are going to be playing the Hope & Ruin in Brighton on Sunday 6th May in support of their recent album ‘Shadow People’.
They are one of France’s most beloved treasures, The Limiñanas are Marie (drums/vocals) and Lionel (guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals). Hailing from Perpignan, the duo straddles the boundary between psych, shoegaze, and yé-yé. With hazy, reverb-laden hooks, combined at times with noisy distortion, and fronted by effortlessly cool vocals, reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, the band is at once timeless and quintessentially French.
“What was old is new again”… The old adage is so tired that nobody takes its proper measure: all people hear is the word “old”, when the important one is “new”. Making new things out of old things is an act of alchemy. It’s very complicated. You take rusted lead and transform it into sparkling gold… The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Standells, Chocolate Watchband, Billy Childish and other garage heroes; Ennio Morricone, John Barry and 1960’s Italian songs; Can, Neu! and all the Teutonic knights of motoric groove; The Cramps, of course, Nick Cave, Gainsbourg and tonic psych rock: Lionel and Marie from the Limiñanas know them all by heart, they worship them. They drink from that well and, after a good kneading and pounding, they make something else out of it. “We don’t do revivalism”, states Lionel from behind his beard. “In fact, some purists are accusing us of selling out, which is a good sign”.
New album ‘Shadow People’ was recorded and produced at The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe’s studio in Berlin.
What the press have said about them:
“Sounds as if they have stepped out of Quentin Tarantino’s dreams…. a 60s-saturated stunner” Uncut
“Garagey, soundtrack-infused psych, a swirl of pounding drums, spoken French, baroque melodies” Mojo
“The Limiñanas attack their home nation’s ye’-ye’ tradition with lashings of psych-rock fuzz” Q
“The Limiñanas stick to what they know — The Velvet Underground, Serge Gainsbourg, JAMC fuzz, ’60s soundtracks — but it always sounds effortless and cool” Brooklyn Vegan
“Another thrilling mix of ’60s garage roc, psych pop and Gallic cool” The Daily Express
“Swoony, swirly and slick” NME
“Their ascendancy up psych’s mountainous hierarchy looks set for take off” Gigwise
“Sheer genius” God is in the TVzine
Want a taster of what to expect from their live set at the Hope & Ruin, then click HERE.
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