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Feature Interview: Lime Cordiale

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Lime Cordiale were running late for their interview, so me and the rest of the interview team wander around the dingy, closed Kerbside waiting to hear from them. After a while I get a Twitter response from a tweet I threw out earlier in the morning: “Sorry, we’re running late. We are really hungover.”

About twenty minutes later the lads turn up, fresh from a jaunt down the Gold Coast for a quick swim before they head to their show at Sol Bar on the Sunshine Coast later in the afternoon. Before the interview begins we talk couch surfing and their digs on Petrie Terrace, kick-ons at some random girl’s house who has a pool, and then we get into the nitty gritty: 

I dig the EP—it’s very white-boy groovy, how did you guys feel about it? 

Louis: What do you mean white-boy groovy?!

Olly: Rich kid music? White rich kid music? Spoiled rich kid music?

I just meant it’s about as funky as white boys can get. 

Louis: Ahhh. We’ve had that before… rich white kids.

Olly: We’re definitely not rich haha… It was really cool because we did the first EP ourselves in the studio and then this EP we teamed up with a proper producer and everything yanno. He’s had a lot of experience, he’s worked with The Whitlams, Washington, Midnight Oil, yanno he’s been around for a while. He taught us a lot, we explored sounds and he’s a genius with his pre-amps and microphone positioning, just creating this sound, kind of like an old-school sound. That was really cool. I’m glad we teamed up with him and didn’t try and do this one ourselves.

Do you think it changed much of the EP working with a producer? 

Olly: Before I was trying to keep this acoustic natural sound, I didn’t use any guitar pedals or anything like that. I didn’t want any spacey effects or anything like that, but he whipped that out of us and said, “You’ve gotta explore and try and experiment,” and do all that sort of thing. He definitely opened our eyes up and we did something new.

Louis: Yeah.

Where did you guys shoot the film clip for Sleeping At Your Door?

Olly: Ummm…. we shot that at our old… well, we grew up on that island behind the clip. It’s called Scotland island in the north of Sydney. And about a thousand people live on that island. We’ve got a few connections from when we were living there, ten years ago—fifteen years ago.

Louis: We got the barge through some friends out there.

Olly: We did a case of beer transaction for it.

Louis: You can get anything on that island with a carton of beer.

Olly: It’s super beautiful.

Every capital has it’s own niche of music, do you think Sydney influenced your sound? 

Olly: I keep reading about how the venue and the environment change your sound! And we started off just playing two of us, acoustically, with hardly anyone and we’d just sit down and it grew… We were out at the North Beaches where it was real messy and everyone’s drunk and trying to start a mosh pit. We just needed to be louder and louder, I’d get my acoustic guitar and plug it into an amp and crank it and there’d be a lot of feedback—it probably sounded like crap, then eventually got an electric guitar. Yanno, our jazz drummer was just hitting the shit out of his drums… we just developed from there. Sydney, probably not as much as Brisbane, still really love to get shitfaced when they come to shows, and just have a great time and you need to keep people’s attention.

Louis: It’s not always a good thing.

Olly: It’s not always a good thing, no, no way, because it’s harder to maintain so you need to be more obvious and loud. You need to be in their faces more. You’ve got this trombone blaring in someone’s face and they’re like, “Ahh! Get out of here!” kinda thing.

So you don’t like drunk punters, you’d rather a captive audience?

Louis: Ohh… a bit of a mix of the two you know, when people are drunk they don’t really listen, when people are talking in the background and they’re distracted easily.

Olly: We recently went back to the Northern Beaches and played a gig there, and they get so drunk and rowdy, we thought we’d love it, but we ended up just hating it. No one was really listening, everyone was trying to feel each other up. But then! At the single launch we did get everyone up on stage so yeah, who knows.

Louis: People loosen up when they’ve had a few drinks. As soon as one person dances, everyone else is happy to.

Louis and Olly stop here to rag on their offsider about him throwing all the merch away into the crowd at the previous evening’s show. He looks at them and says, “I’m like a modern-day Mother Theresa.”

What did you guys think about BIGSOUND? 

Louis and Olly: Loved it. We loved it.

Olly: We came up the year before and we just couldn’t believe how much music we saw in such a little space of time. There’s that many bands going on… I think it’s one of the first times we came to Brisbane, all these venues clumped in on this seedy little red-light district, it’s awesome.

Louis: We formed some pretty good partnerships as well, the first BIGSOUND we went to we tweeted at an Electric Empire show and he ended up coming to one of our shows in Sydney, then we ended up supporting him on a whole tour and writing a single with him. Now we’re really good friends.

Olly: The Belligerents! We’re mates with them as well, we just talked to them after the show and now we’re playing with them.

Did you get any industry interest there?

 Louis: We met some dudes from Canada.

Olly: Oh yeah, we met some dudes from Canada, they’re giving us tips about the States when we wanna go over there and stuff. Should be fun.

You guys are clearly pretty good on Twitter, how else do you interact with fans?

Olly: Just Louis with out a shirt on on Instagram… pretty much.

Louis: Nope. No, that doesn’t happen.

We’re gonna need to get some shirtless photos of you now after the interview.

*Louis laughs nervously.*

Olly: Just keeping in touch with fans... a lot of bands try to fake being bigger than they really are, people write on their wall and they won’t reply to it even though they’ve seen it. They try and act like a band that’s making heaps of money when they’re not. No one is. And everyone’s checking their Facebook wall every day, everyone’s got a little bit of an ego. It’s so obvious when it’s just a bit fake. You want to make it real and by doing stuff like saying, “Who’s got a house we can crash at in Brisbane,” people respond to that and you make friends…

Louis: Rather than staying in a hotel just for an image or whatever… Fuck that.

Olly: Yeah! People wanna get involved, and this way you can save money and make friends.

 You guys don’t seemed like forced social media users like a lot of bands do, does it all come natural? 

Olly: It’s easy to forget… but I’m worried that if you lost all those social medias, how the hell would you get people to show? 

Do you have a favourite place to play around Australia? 

Olly: Ummm… Melbourne… it’s great to see that Melbourne’s slowly building [towards us] and obviously Sydney. Shows there, we’ve just kind of got over that hump of worrying about whether or not people are going to come.

You sold out The Standard? 

Olly: Yeah, then we’ve got the Oxford Arts Factory. It’s still a bit nerve-racking, I dunno if we’ll see. Melbourne’s starting to get there a bit now… we played there last weekend at The Toff.

Okay, so we do this bit called Bitch or Brag, so you’ve gotta pick something and ream it, or really plug it.

Louis: Onesies. I hate onesies.

Why—what did they ever do to you? 

Louis: Nothing, I just hate them. I really like fashion and it’s just…

Olly: I dunno why these onesies have really blown up…

Louis: Any kind, I dunno why people wear them and they’ve just really blown up.

Olly: I dunno where these have come from, it just makes me feel really sick, imagine the sweaty body under there.

Louis: Maybe if there were little bum-flaps it might be okay.

Louis: Was it bitch or brag or bitch and brag? We’ve got another one…

Olly: Yeah… Brisbane water. It is fucking gross. It tastes dirty… Sorry Brisbane.

Incredibly humble and cool, the brothers are coming to terms with their slowly growing fame. Louis turned the shirtless photo shoot around on me, so I had to strip off and get some photos taken with the guys post-interview. We gave them some tips about getting around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and what to do with their time here. Lime Cordiale are definitely going to be around, so make sure you check them out.

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