XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Luke: Well… we were supposed to be out on a 2 and half month long tour that would be finishing around now, but unfortunately we got into a serious car wreck on the way. As we were travelling through Oklahoma on our way to North Carolina for the first date of a 36 show tour, one of the back tires popped as we were going 70mph on the I-40 Interstate. We spun out of control and the van rolled 4-5 times on the road before falling into a ditch below. My brother (Jake) broke his leg, our drummer (Juan) suffered a broken collarbone, but thankfully Herbie and I (Luke) came out ok. The firemen that pulled us from the wreck couldn’t stop telling us how frequently they see accidents similar to ours, and that it was a miracle that any of us, let alone all of us, came out alive.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Luke: My brother and I started the band just us two in 2013. We were writing the music just two and recording it from the closet of my bedroom. After we had 5-6 solid tracks, we started looking for people to fill out the lineup. We met Herbie through a mutual friend in 2014 and Juan shortly after through Herb. So I guess you could say we were a complete band by 2015.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Luke: When we first started doing this in late 2014, there was really no one making this kind of rock music. We felt what we were writing filled an important void in the music industry.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Luke: I studied music for a year at Berklee School of Music back in 2012 before dropping out. The rest of the band have had their own projects throughout the years. Herbie used to be the lead singer for a death metal group “Lazarus Casket”.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Luke: Our goal is to make it impossible for people to not have fun. So if you asked our fans that question, I think the majority would associate our music with partying, because that’s how they experience us at shows. What image does the music itself convey? Tough question. It changes from song to song. A lot of rock bands have one sound; every song sounds the same if not very similar. We hate that. We try to paint a different picture, or convey a different image, with every song we write.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Luke: I’d like us to be playing festivals in 2019 and garnering a much wider fan base across the US. A bit further down the road we definitely want to return home to Australia for a nationwide tour. Rock is starting to make a big resurgence down there, so now is the perfect time.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Luke: Playing live is a lot of fun, but there is no better rush for us than writing. That moment of pride and excitement when a guitar riff or vocal melody turns from just an idea into a song, that’s the stuff right there.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Luke: The human condition. In the verses we usually try and tell a story that we have lived in one way or another, and tie it together with an overarching message in the chorus.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Luke: Writing and recording high quality, ORIGINAL music. So much of what is popular in the rock world right now seems almost intentionally derivative of bands from past generations. If you don’t have your own voice, what’s the point?
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Luke: When we were on a west coast run last year, we were staying the night in a shady part of Seattle. Jake, Herbie and Juan stayed in this dingy motel, but I decided to sleep outside in the Van to guard the gear. At around 4 am I woke to the sound of someone trying to jimmy the lock. I looked up and see this ogre of a man shuffling around the van looking for a way in. When he got close to the back door window I jumped up and banged on the glass with my hands. He jumped out of his skin and fell flat on his ass. Then he had the audacity to get up and start screaming at me for startling him. At this point the boys heard the commotion and Jake came out brandishing a bat with nothing but a towel on. After some back and forth he shuffled off down the road.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Luke: After our accident, Jake was getting the stitches removed. A girl we know here in Long Beach, arguably our biggest fan, wanted to keep the stitches from his leg and some shards of glass from the van. We call it “the morbid shrine”. Shout out to “Metallica” our dear friend Bre Crosby
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Luke: It’s an interesting thing to see evolve. Some people are really there for you right from the start. Others snicker and put you down for daring to work towards a dream of something bigger. In Australia we have a term for it. “Tall poppy syndrome.” It’s when one poppy in the field grows too tall and stands up above all the rest. The other poppies have to tear it back down to the size of the rest in the field. We wrote a song about this on our first album. “Mettle”. It’s still a fan favorite to this day. In fact, we received a message from a kid back home in Aus not long ago. He told us that him and his mate get bullied every day at school and that listening to that song helps get them through. Probably the most touching moment we’ve had as musicians.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Luke: Write good music that is unique and means something to you. You will never be as good as Led Zeppelin, so don’t try to be. Find your own voice. “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not” – Kurt Cobain
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Luke: The Devil You Know because I get to let loose on a guitar solo for like 3 minutes. But the crowd favorite for most is Lets Get Fucked Up. We are an energetic hard rock band and if alcohol fuels the flame at a rock show, then Let’s Get Fucked Up heavily fans it.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Luke: They aren’t the reason I picked up a guitar or anything, but Joyous Wolf are without a doubt my biggest inspiration to push my performance further and further every time I have the pleasure of seeing them.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Luke: To be direct support of any of the biggest names in rock would beyond a dream. Alice In Chains, Metallica, Guns N Roses. But in a lower bracket. We would love to keep touring with Joyous Wolf, maybe throw in some other contemporaries like Tyler Bryant and Rival Sons.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Luke: Our latest album Nicotine. We couldn’t be more proud of that record.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Luke: I’d like to be involved in recording other bands and scoring films.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
As a band we are endorsed by Schecter Guitars, so Jake, Herbie and I all use their axes both live and in the studio. The rest of our gear kind has been changing and evolving over the last few years, we’re still in the process of finding the perfect gear to compliment our sound. But aren’t most musicians?
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Luke: Everyone knows rock is coming back. Social media has a strange influence over people now, especially the younger generation. It’s going to be interesting to see what pulls the next generation away from tattoo faced, illiterate rappers that they seem so fascinated with right now.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Luke: That my brother Jake and I grew up in Melbourne, Australia.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Luke: We want everyone to know that while our van crash on tour has been a huge set back for us, it was not the end of our story. We have too many songs that need to be heard to let anything stop us.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
OF LIMBO IS:
Jake Davies – Vocals, Guitar
Luke Davies – Guitar, Vocals
Herbie Brady – Bass, Vocals
Juan Paz – Drums
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