Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Severed Limb

The Severed LimbWhen you search up the name you may get some disturbing images, but when you find the band’s links, you’ll be completely overjoyed! The Severed Limb are hard to pin a specific sound on… Think of it this way, they’re polka meets skiffle meets indie; a unique and fresh genre. Releasing their debut album Kill You and Bill You the Price of the Bullet on March 1st, The Severed Limb have been a busy bunch! Luckily, I had the opportunity of hearing Kill You and Bill You the Price of the Bullet, and can easily state it is sensational. With the upcoming release of the album, The Severed Limb’s Rob took the time to speak with AMBY about playing to 5000 people, free downloads and the creation of Shake It Senora!

AMBY: Hello The Severed Limb! First off, it has to be asked… Where did your name come from?

The Severed Limb: Ha ha! It was a leftover name from a brainstorming session for previous band. It was a reject name! I like bands with names that don’t suit the music particularly. It was inspired by a band called ‘June and the Exit Wounds’ who actually sounded like the Beach Boys!

AMBY: What’s one of your favourite moments you’ve had as a band?

The Severed Limb: Playing to about 5000 people at the Royal Albert Hall was pretty amazing. We opened for Imelda May. Also doing a BBC session for Steve Lamacq at the Maida Vale studios was great. They’ve got photos of The Beatles in the canteen buying their lunch!

AMBY: The Severed Limb has an extremely different sound! How would you describe it in three words?

The Severed Limb: Busking skiffle music!

AMBY: Your debut album is out March 1st and we can’t wait to hear it. How excited are you for that?!

The Severed Limb: Massively excited. There’s nothing better really. We’re really pleased with it, though it’s not perfect! But I reckon it sounds like how a debut album should sound, a bit thrown down, not too over-produced. We recorded it all ourselves you see, or rather Sam our guitarist did. I just hope people like it.

AMBY: Your live performance of Shake It Senora at BBC Introducing is amazing! What was the songwriting process like on that track?

The Severed Limb, RobThe Severed Limb: Ha ha! Thanks very much. There’s quite a story to that song. Alex, our accordion player, just showed me this bit of music he’d written when we were out busking and I thought great I’ll make a song out of that! I know a good tune when I hear it. It’s actually very simple, just two chords in the whole song. Well the next thing we went to Spain for some gigs and we were in Madrid busking and me and him had a big argument about whether or not to play a Django Rheinhardt song! I couldn’t get him to play this song for love or money. So I stormed off one way and he went the other way and I sat down in this cafe outside a beautiful church with this amazing view and my girlfriend bought me a coffee and the words all just came out. It’s not about Madrid, it’s about South London, but for some reason all the words came out then. Maybe it’s good to be angry when you’re writing a song?

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

The Severed Limb: What song could I live without ever hearing again? Loads of songs. I hate loads of stuff! I couldn’t live without hearing London Calling by The Clash again. That’s a band and a song that I do love.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

The Severed Limb: I would probably get rid of a law instead of starting a new one. Simon our bass player always says there’s too many laws and he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a bit older than us and he’s probably been nicked a few times! I would get rid of laws about busking.

AMBY: If The Severed Limb were a superhero, what would your power be?

The Severed Limb: It’d be to bend shape so all six of us could fit in our tiny van and drive for six hours to gigs without crippling ourselves.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

The Severed Limb: Well we’ve got a two week tour lined up starting on 1st March throughout the UK. Then in April we’re going to France and Switzerland. We’re pretty excited about that. There’s nothing more fun than being able to travel around and play your music to people who’ve not heard it before. Even if it is in a tiny van!

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Severed Limb that nobody knows yet?

The Severed Limb: Nobody knows that we’re gonna give out a free download just before our album comes out. Nobody knows that because I only just thought of it!


Thank you very much The Severed Limb, for giving me your answers!

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