AN INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL NELSON OF LIMBS POST-HARDCORE OUTFIT FROM FLORIDA.
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SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with drummer Daniel Nelson from LIMBS post-hardcore outfit hailing from Florida. We are catching up with the band after the release of their SLEEP EP out last October 27th, 2017 via Equal Vision Records and prior their new album Father’s Son due out on April 27th, 2018 via UNFD. In this interview we are getting to know the band better and exploring their last blistering record. Our track by track review for SLEEP EP is available at: www.sickandsound.it/limbs-sleep-ep-caduta-in-picchiata-nel-baratro-della-devastazione-dei-limbs .
- Hello guys and very welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Before digging your last record, we would love to get to know you better. Let’s talk about your influences and the bands that have impacted your personal background as individual musicians and your career as Limbs band.
For me, I think I owe all of my music interest and taste to my family. We all share new music with each other and they are really the ones who got me into a majority of the bands that I listen to now a days. But if I had to pick a couple bands in particular that really influenced me to become a musician and sparked my interest in music, I would have to say Blind Guardian and Mastodon. Both metal, but very different kinds. Blind Guardian was the first metal band I ever got into, and they’re more power metal. I still listen to and love them to this day. Mastodon are timeless as well. Their drummer, Brann Dailor, really inspired me to start drumming with more groove and technicality as opposed to just blast beats and a lot of double bass.
- We would like to discuss about your experience in sharing the stage with Saosin, Envy and Hail The Sun. Some memorable moments you would enjoy talking about, the experience gained or the lessons learned, and how this opportunities have shaped your own music path.
I think we really learned a lot from the Saosin tour. That kind of opened our eyes to what its like to be in a successful band and play bigger venues as well as what it takes to fully commit to being in a successful band.
- SLEEP is your new EP with the full 6 tracks released on October 27th, 2017 via Equal Vision Records. How has the songwriting process changed since your record Admission dating back to 2014 and what new elements added up to your sound since your previous album?
SLEEP is really a transition record if we’re being honest. We went from trashy/melodic metalcore with Admission, to this weird kind of dissonant, more ambient sound with SLEEP. The title track is the most unique song on the record, but that’s because we really wanted to play around with some different elements. Tim really pushed us with that, and I think the end product was great. It’s personally one of my favorite songs that we have written, yet it kind of doesn’t sit very well with all of our other music. So we don’t play it live very often at all. When it came to the writing process, I just think our chemistry really improved over all, and that helped with the writing process a lot. Everything flowed a lot better, and after everything was said and done it just felt…right.
- We would enjoy hearing from you about the experience in working with Beau Burchell (Saosin) and Tim McTague (Underoath) on the first and second release of this record.
Like I said previously, Tim really helped push us as musicians and artists. Made us try different things musically and it was great to be challenged like that. Beau is a great producer as well, obviously. Albums like “Pass the Flask” and “The Bronx (I)” really speak highly for Beau as a producer. He also musically challenged us as well and pushed us outside of our comfort zones, but just in a different direction than Tim, which was rad. As producers, they’re almost polar opposites, but it’s great because that means we are able to have two different perspectives.
- What were the most challenging aspects you’ve been fronting while working on the record and what about the easiest ones?
I would say just getting everything exactly how we wanted it. It’s hard to get to a spot with music, or any aspect of art in general, where you feel everything is perfect. We tend to tweak our songs a lot before it reaches the final product. But that’s just a part of the process. Writing in general is my favorite aspect of creating any music though. It’s both the most enjoyable, but also can be the most frustrating. But again, that’s just a part of the process.
- The most memorable moment together as a band during a recording or live session you would enjoy sharing with our readers.
Probably when I road tripped up to Atlanta to track drums with Matt Goldman. Chris as well as a friend of ours, Filipe Bergson, were with me as well. Filipe documented the whole thing on video while we were up there. But being able to say that I tracked drums at Glow In the Dark Studios is so rad. A lot of bands i admire and grew up listening to, cut records there. Underoath, Anberlin, The Chariot, As Cities Burn, etc.
- Can you reveal some thrilling news about your upcoming shows and incoming projects? Any live shows scheduled in Europe?
Unfortunately we don’t have any upcoming European dates yet, but hopefully soon! We do however have some tour dates coming up with Underoath, Dance Gavin Dance, and Veil of Maya. You can get the full list of tour dates on our website.
- A further question free for you to share with our readers anything we have not covered on the interview.
We have a new record coming out on April 27th through UNFD called Father’s Son. If you care to watch the music video for our first single titled “Tangled Hands” from the record. Go to our website whoislimbs.com! You can also purchase a pre-order through there as well.
Thank you for your time and we wish all of the best in the record promotion. We are very thrilled for more music to be dropped from Limbs and fully support you into Europe!
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