Limblifter

Limblifter

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Lead by songwriter Ryon Dahle, Limblifter is a group of multi-instrumentalists whose music straddles an uncharted middle ground between art-pop and indie rock. Based out of Vancouver, Canada their 3rd self-released album is simply entitled I/O.

Biography

Limblifter materialized inside an abandoned meat locker, amidst the hooker and drug infested Yaletown district of Vancouver. Having only played together a mere ten times, the band entered the studio and recorded their debut album over four days.

Limblifter first served as a vehicle for the surplus of material Ryan Dahle had written for his 'day job' band, Age of Electric. The songwriter/guitarist single-handedly penned the hits Remote Control, Ugly and Untitled, which elevated AOE to gold-selling status. With the release of the eponymous first album in 1996, Limblifter found themselves signed to Mercury Records in the United States. Their first show was to a packed house at the legendary CBGBs club in New York City, flying home a few days later to support Oasis at the Pacific Coliseum. By the end of the year, Limblifter would have two Juno nominations, a Casby award and three number eleven hits: Tinfoil, Vicious and Screwed it Up.

The next year Age of Electric would release their final and most successful record Make A Pest A Pet, on which Ryan wrote most of the material. AOE disbanded in 1998 just in time to receive a gold record and a Juno nomination for "Best New Group."

Two years of studio experimentation resulted in the epic and acclaimed Bellaclava. Released in 2000, the record stumbled commercially, selling only 15,000 copies, yet managed to produce two number eleven hits at radio with Ariel vs Lotus and Wake Up to the Sun.

The year 2001 marked the end of the partnership with brother and co-founder Kurt Dahle, who left to form Vancouver super-group The New Pornographers. "It's not a simple task finding a drummer even remotely as good as my brother, so I wrote songs to drum loops on my computer," says Dahle.

Excited by the new demos, musician friends soon coaxed Dahle back to the meat locker to spend hours playing "as loud and long as possible" through new material. This creative period provided the luxury of experimentation for Dahle, paralleling the formative days of Limblifter.

I/O is the realization of years of hard work, preparing the band for another era. Dahle's gloriously refined songwriting encompasses concise forms and ideas, yet retains the interwoven guitar layers and complex melodies that have made him a memorable, unique, and critically acclaimed voice in the Canadian music industry.

Filled with colourful and ingeniously personal lyrics, I/O opens with three strong rock radio singles. The first single, Get Money, is riddled with ironic social commentary, followed by the instant classic Perfect Day to Disappear and the comedy/tragedy of Fiercely Co-Dependent. Limblifter's music straddles an uncharted middle ground between innovative art-pop and rock-radio. From the Bonham-esque drumming of The Auctioneer, to the sweeping strings of Alarm Bells, and the 70's Supertramp-style Wurlitzer keyboard of Drug Induced, it is evident Dahle evoked colours from a diverse palette of styles and eras to form his ideas.

Joined by a league of Canadian musicians such as legendary drummer Pat Steward (Bryan Adams, the Odds), and rare vocal appearances by Matthew Good, Jordy Birch and Todd Kerns, I/O features the signature virtuosic guitar playing that has made Dahle an icon to guitarists nationwide. Mirroring Ryan’s abilities note for note with an uncanny chemistry is The David Paterson Plan (Spitfires). A human metronome, pounding heartbeat rhythms in time with the likes of Malcolm Young and Swiss made clocks.

Indie pop darling, Meegee Bradfield (Salteens, Sparrow), drives varying degrees of distorted electric bass, celestial cello and haunting double bass of gargantuan proportions in contrast to her tiny stature. Burento Follett (Salteens), delivers a cohesive punch live, gluing together the styles of original drummer Kurt Dahle and session performer Pat Steward with his own momentous verve, adding his presence to the record by performing all the percussion.

I/O was recorded at The Factory Studios in Vancouver. Dahle and his co-producer, John Maclean (Bellaclava) along with engineer Sheldon Zaharko (Billy Talent), decided to minimize the use of modern recording technologies and computers, favouring instead the warm, organic sound of 2" analog tape. "As a team we've produced and mixed quite a number of records and there is nothing that compares to the sound of real, unedited performances by a band standing in a room together."

The spirit and musicianship that is Limblifter is once again re-animated, allowing Dahle's incomparable voice to engage listeners to his poetically graphic lyrics and distinct guitar phrasing. Limblifter is a rapturous sonic experience in precision and a visual magnet of comradery and energy.

Lyrics

In/Out

Written By: Ryan Dahle

it's gonna work out I tell myself it's about time this is about the inability to commit against instinct and good reason getting up goin' out I'm gonna get it right garbage in/out. in/out. a.d.d. count me in/out. turn coats with no loyalty lies/statistics you sing to me garbage in/out. in/out. alchohol in/out. in/out. the drugs go in/out. in/out. you were a hero of mine so kick it around in your head but don't decide never decide let it all come to you play Columbo play Columbo getting up goin' out I'm gonna get it right garbage in/out. in/out. my subscription is prescription ex-girlfriends in/out. in/out. in/out. in/out. in/out. in/out. in/out. cashflows in/out. in/out. so & so in/out. in/out. garbage in/out. in/out.

Jumbo Jet Headache

Written By: Ryan Dahle

hex hex homesickness cracking egg heats up in the nest jumbo jet headache stomache in knots with butterflies 14,000 feet up climbs a jumbo jet eject your pilot and navigate yourself highjack fleeting moments we hit the fear note bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache ya stewardess could I trouble you for a parachute soon? jumbo jet headache miles above the car a tiny speck inches across the windshield it's a jumbo jet sacrifice your pilot and navigate yourself highjack fleeting moments we hit the fear note bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache ya photo i.d. in a roto-tiller-culture lost in a fleet of plagiarists in a jumbo jet we need to complicate things that wind us up drooling on what blooms up in a garbage dump now ring the dinner bell & chew bad beat a virus eats at the music and in the movies bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache ya bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache bring on the headache ya

Drug Induced

Written By: Ryan Dahle

I'm gonna stop my whorin' from endorphins to the orphans of abortion I was addicted to the challenge I'm very simple I'm very simple all this fear was drug induced drug induced drug induced drug induced and now I'm un-eaten again with an unbeatable weapon I'm taken thanks aboard an unscheduled train the whistle blows long and long and next I'm gonna jump-off this metaphor I was addicted to the challenge but now I'm very simple I'm very simple all this fear was drug induced drug induced drug induced drug induced I was addicted to 'no absolutes' kinda but now I am very simple other interpretations possible all this fear was drug induced drug induced drug induced drug induced all this fear was drug induced drug induced drug induced drug induced

Alarm bells

Written By: Ryon Dahle

you were drawn in by the flashing lights and now start to smoke for effect we travel in our heads but we won't go anywhere nowhere but here so get up get out get on with it reveille. it's the sound of alarm bells alarm bells with you it's the sound of alarm bells alarm bells with you when I'm around when I'm around we won't workout cause our partnership is a sinking ship as we ignore all the warning signs and the sound of alarm bells alarm bells with you it's the sound of alarm bells alarm bells with you when I'm around when I'm around when I'm around when I'm around

On the Moon

Written By: Ryon Dahle

I would not know who to trust I would not know who has the guns I wouldn’t not point that love at me cause I know I like to so save your script for the next overdramatic fling oh no more stories from mixed up heads this is us this is all that we have this is us on the moon this is valuable time this is ours don't waste it don't waste it no no more emotional out-bursts and no more actresses no uptight dictators well this is us in orbit bitch you need to work a little harder you need to put down that brick you need to get tied down to the moon this is us this is all we have this is us on the moon this is valuable time this is ours don't waste it don't waste it don't waste it

Ariel vs. Lotus

Written By: Ryon Dahle

I'm not kidding you, this is the cure. shh...while it's aeting this is the cure. this is the cure, you're spilling some out. This runway is sideways now. She stole an ariel on her way here, it's twice her age and jet fast. no helmet's safe cause she's luckier this year. Don't forget to wave. and it's killing you this is the cure, while she's sleeping she has the cure. This is the cure, you're spilling some out. this runway is sideways now. hurry up and wait, hurry up and wait. She stole an ariel on her way here. it's twice her age and jet fast no helmet's safe cause she's luckier this year. Don't forget to wave. Right past the airport and past the lotus with the cure.

Discography

I/O album - Sept 2004
Singles: "Jumbo Jet Headcahe" #48 Canadian Rcok radio. "Perfect day to Disappear" video/single July 2005 release.

Bellaclava album - Mar 2000
Singles: "Ariel vs Lotus" #11 Canadian rock radio/Muchmusic. "Wake up to the Sun" #11 Canadian Rock Radio/Muchmusic.

Limblifter album - Sept 1996
Singles: "Tinfoil" #11 Canadian Rock radio/Muchmusic. "Vicious" #11 Canadian Rock radio/Muchmuisc. "Screwed it Up" #11 Canadian Rock Radio.

Set List

ON THE MOON
FIERCELY CO-DEPENDANT
TINFOIL
COME OVER
THE BULLY'S BACK
WAKE UP TO THE SUN
ARIEL VS. LOTUS
CHOP CHOP
IN/OUT
ALARM BELLS
PERFECT DAY TO DISAPPEAR
GET MONEY
JUMBO JET HEADACHE

We are not a cover band. We do however enjoy playing select covers for fun at our rehearsals!