Thrash Hits verdict: When it comes to small-UK-labels-doing-things-that-tickle-Thrash-Hits’-collective-fancy, there aren’t many in the same league as New Heavy Sounds. They’re not only responsible for putting out the last releases from long-time TH faves Black Moth and Throne (hey, we threw the launch party for their EP, that’s how much we liked it!), but they also have a killer line in compilations of bands that you really ought to dig out – we’re always finding new bands we love on them. Anyway, their latest signing are the London-based Limb, who fit right in with the killer line-up of Brit-Doom that New Heavy Sounds do so well, which is more than enough reason for us to catch up with them for a Future Hits.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Heavier and heavier.
How did you meet?
Jodie, Pat and Sam have known each other for years, and we found Rob up a Gumtree.
What made you want to start a band?
We’ve each been in bands for pretty much as long as we can remember. Late 2011 we found ourselves without current projects and listening to the same things, so it made sense.
Where did the name come from?
It was better than our other option, ‘Queem’.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
Between the four of us, we grew up across a fairly even distribution of North to South: Yorkshire, the West Midlands, and Hampshire. So that makes our musical ancestors Arthur Brown, Black Sabbath, and Craig David respectively. We think each of these can be heard in Limb.
Really, though, we’re all from generic small towns, where young people just form bands regardless of what might be going on around them.
What are your non-musical influences?
Budget lagers on a Sunday, Tim and Eric jokes, and Terry Nutkins’s rock ‘fro.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Definitely meeting people, and especially getting drunk or headbanging with them. We’ve met some great bands, gig-goers, promoters, and label-owners. You can’t help but be enthused and inspired by the passion which people bring to underground music.
With which band would your dream support slot/tour be?
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Bands like Gurt, Conan, Throne, Iron Witch, Black Moth, Black Mass, Slabdragger. Those are just bands we’ve played with, or are due to play with; there are many more.
Why do you think such a vibrant little scene of big riff bands has started emerging in London over the last few years?
We’re not sure it’s just London, really. There are great bands across the country. Why? Perhaps its just ‘that time’ again.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Rob looks like a slightly melted Jelly Baby onto which someone has stuck some hair. We’re told it’s fun to watch him bounce around the stage like a half deflated space hopper.
What’s the best and/or funniest show you’ve played?
Santiagos in Leeds with our buds Throne and Black Moth. The night involved crowd surfing, headbutting slices of pizza taped to a wall, and many bruises.
What have you got planned for the future?
Lots more shows, possibly an album. Have lots of fun. And we wanna go louder, lower and slower!
What other bands should everyone find out about?
Band you will hopefully already know: Slabdragger! Band you may not know but should: Wolfshead! And label you should know: Witch Hunter Records (as well as New Heavy Sounds, of course)!
Tell us a joke.
This is a feel good joke from the 70’s…
How many soda breads does a Queen consume?
Same amount of heavy bread as everyone.
Limb’s new EP, Gift of the Sun, is out on 25 February 2013 on New Heavy Sounds. For more info, go check out their Bandcamp page, where you can also pick up a copy of their remastered Demo, which is out now on Witch Hunter Records (who just so happen to be the subject of our next Label Profile column. Whaddaya know? Content synergy!) They’re also playing their EP launch show at The Black Heart here in London this Friday – that’s 22 February 2012. Check out the event page on Facebook and go show your face if you’re in town.