What does it sound like?:
Everyone loves a garage band. How about one from Perpignan that sings in English, French or Italian, following a line of heritage from The Velvet Underground and The Stooges, through Jesus And The Mary Chain and The White Stripes to The Fall, a husband and wife duo who love to make a racket, literally, recording in their own garage, a husband and wife who dropped out of the rat race in 2009 to be as noisy as ? And The Mysterians and The Kingsmen?
Maria Limiñanas is as primitive as Mo Tucker or Meg White but when she sets off on her rhythm (she only really has one rhythm), she is steady and reliable and can keep thrumming for an age, a garage Jaki Liebezeit without any fancy paradiddles or cymbal work. Lionel lacks the pizzazz of, say, Jack White but he more than makes up for it with his enthusiasm and his willingness to turn his hand to anything, particularly a fuzzy organ and a variety of wind instruments. Over the years, their refreshing, honest approach has attracted a number of collaborators, including Pascal Camelade, Peter Hook and Brian Jonestown’s Massacre’s Anton Newcombe. This year’s Shadow People is their fifth album and I’ve Got Trouble In Mind, Vol 2 is their second collection of singles and rarities, covering the period since 2014.
Every song they play is like a soundtrack to a low budget drama, maybe a spaghetti western, a kitchen sink or a European art house, all firmly rooted in the sixties. They deploy a variety of vocal talents, very few of whom actually sing. Kirk Lake kicks things off with a deep baritone monologue for The Mirror. I really hope it’s Maria whistling on Maria’s Theme. She does step up to the mic for The Gift, breathlessly riding a typical Hooky bassline, Lionel contributing a very Sumner guitar part. Anton Newcombe’s impersonation of Ray Davies on The Kinks Two Sisters is uncanny. Their choice of covers is interesting. Besides Two Sisters, there is Julien Clerc’s La Cavalarie, Russian Roulette by The Lords Of The New Church, Echo and The Bunnymen Angels And Devils, Time Will Tell by Michel Polnareff plus the traditional carol, Silent Night.
At seventeen tracks long, I’ve Got Trouble In Mind represents something of a bargain. The Limiñanas take their responsibilities seriously but add a delicious Gallic shrug. It’s invigorating and should make many Afterworders feel young again.
What does it all *mean*?
It gladdens the heart to hear this kind of music still finding a niche in the 21st Century.
Goes well with…
A lack of funds. The Limiñanas sound just as good on cheap equipment.
Might suit people who like…
Garage Music. If so, their albums are well worth checking out, too.