TUESDAY, 11 AUGUST 2020
Ben Sherman presents The Series, as seen in Oyster Magazine. A curated collection of inspirational individuals, this season featuring talented local musicians.
The original British heritage brand dressed Lime Cordiale, Genesis Owusu and TORA in a shoot that happened pre-lock down. Due to the tragic events of this year, The Series is being brought to you later than planned but we are excited to share with you what the artists had to say when they sat down with Oyster Magazine to talk all things inspiration, lock-down and style.
The Series is dedicated to inspirational figures and individuals who focus on being an original – who create, innovate and dedicate themselves to their passion.
This week we talk to Lime Cordiale.
THE SERIES | FT. LIME CORDIALE
Despite the circumstances of 2020, Lime Cordiale are having a great year. With their single ‘On Our Own’ becoming a default anthem of the times, brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach spent iso together doing “old lady home activities” around the house and finishing their highly anticipated sophomore album, 14 Steps To A Better You. It’s a parody of self-help books, with songs as lessons in how to be your best self, and promptly hit #1 on the Aria Charts on its release last month. The super cute/fun/LOL brothers from the Northern Beaches make critically-loved pop rock music that’s seen them tour around the world and back again. Their enthusiasm is infectious; their live shows remind us of a time when rock was straight up F.U.N. It hasn’t been all easy for them, though. In fact, they’ve been slogging away for the past decade to get where they are now, and having recently signed a co-management deal with Post Malone, it’s an enviable position to be in indeed.
Things have been so crazy this year. How have you been holding up?
Oli: For us, there’s always a lot to do — that’s what I love about being in a band. Even when there’s absolutely nothing going on, you can still write music and get ready for your next release.
Did iso have you feeling creative? What did you do during all your time at home?
Louis: Yeah, really creative. We don’t normally get that much time at home. It’s pretty hard writing music on the road, so we’re focused on getting some great studio time in.
Oli: It was nice being able to invest time in some of those old lady home activities, too — we were gardening and building a chicken coop. It was all very lovely… At the same time, though, I was still thinking about how I would have liked a beer at the pub….
Let’s take it back to the beginning… You guys grow up playing music together, right?
Oli: Yeah, but we were nerdy band kids. We grew up playing clarinet and trumpet, so we started playing classical duets.
Louis: We were always singing around the house and that’s not something you can do whilst playing a wind instrument, so guitars and piano just came to us by default.
What are some of your fondest music memories?
Oli: Probably crawling around as babies with our Mum practising cello. We’ve always been around a lot of music, so it wasn’t ever a choice for us.
Louis: The first time I got stoned was the first time I listened to Radiohead. It was so powerful for me that I was fully crying under my covers. Pretty funny, but maybe that was the turning point for me.
How do you think you guys have grown since then?
Louis: We’re definitely more confident and feel like we know what we want.
Oli: Yeah, instead of asking people what we should be doing, we’re being bossy arrogant assholes.
Louis: It’s more fun making music now than it ever has been. With more confidence and knowledge, you have a lot more freedom to explore and experiment.
How did Lime Cordiale actually get together? Where does the name come from?
Oli: We didn’t really start writing songs together until we were pretty much out of high school and on a family holiday. We were at a music festival in France called Musique Cordiale that our Aunt was running. We were already calling ourselves The Limes for fun, so morphed it with that.
What’s it like working together with as brothers?
Oli: It’s probably more intense because we’re together all the time, but we’ve got a pretty great working relationship. We know each other’s tastes and we know when to back off.
Louis: We can be truly honest and not worry too much about offending each other too, because we’ve been offending each other our whole lives.
How would you describe your music style?
Louis: That’s always a hard question for a band.
Oli: Yeah, we’re constantly trying to push back from being tied to a genre. People call us “indie-pop” and “indie-rock,” but to be honest, I don’t really know what that is.
Louis: We pull things from different genres all the time. We love drums from a lot of hip-hop, bass and horns from soul, ‘60s vocals… I think if you combine all the elements of music that you love, you find your own style, in a way.
What about fashion-wise? What are some of your key pieces for the road?
Louis: You do have to have the right shoes with you. That’s important.
Oli: And sunnies to hide behind the next morning.
What draws you to a brand like Ben Sherman?
Oli: We’ve never liked wearing anything with big bold branding. So, I like the way it’s all pretty hidden.
Louis: A good shirt is a good shirt — you don’t need to be a walking billboard.
Their AW20 collection drew a lot from the ‘70s and ‘80s, which feels like a good fit for your music. What do you love about those decades’ style?
Louis: Wide, large collars on ‘70s shirts are my favourite. I don’t know why we’re not seeing as much of that now!
Oli: Also, collars on t-shirts — big, fat circles around your neck — and of course, flares.
As musicians, your own music is such a big part of your lives, but what about other music? What songs or albums were on your rotation through iso?
Louis: Luckily, we were treated with Tame Impala and Strokes albums as this all went down. Tame Impala was the last concert we attended in LA before everything shut down, and some of the non-singles on the Strokes album are great.
Let’s talk all-time classics — if you could only have five records to listen to, which would you choose?
Oli: The Beatles, Abbey Road, because you keep learning from it, and The Strokes, Is This It, because it’s the ultimate hype up album.
Louis: Matt Corby, Telluric, also — so we could have a great voice to try and imitate — and The Growlers, City Club, for melting into the couch.
What is it about those artists and albums? Why do you think music can be such a powerful tool during times of stress?
Louis: It’s emotional, and it always takes you on a journey.
Oli: It’s one way of leaving the house!
Louis: Sometimes it stops you from thinking, too. If you’ve never sat down and listened to an album in full without looking at your phone, now’s the time — it has a whole new impact.
Oli: Nothing has the same impact of a live show, though. The more time away we had away from live music, the more we realised how amazing that environment is.
Who are some of your other influences?
Louis: We’re obsessed with constantly finding new influences.
Oli: That’s the great thing about Spotify. We’re always trying to compete with each other and discover the next great thing.
What do you think live music, more generally, will be like after the events of this year? Do you think anything positive will come out of it?
Oli: There’s definitely a silver-lining for Australian musicians in Australia. I’d say festivals over the next 12 to 18 months will be all Australian. This will lead to more opportunities and a greater appreciation for Aussie musicians, and hopefully open the doors a bit more with commercial radio stations.
Louis: Not sure if I’m looking forward to the amount of songs about isolation and toilet paper, though.
Until touring is fully back up and running, what are some other ways people can continue to support the music industry this year?
Oli: Buy merch. It seriously helps out a band.
Since its inception, Ben Sherman has always had a close affiliation with the music and style of the 1960s. Irreverent musical landmarks were the birthplace of ground-breaking recordings that captured hearts and minds of the impressionable youth kicking off cultural and style-led revolutions, many albums and artists whose musical genius and style evolution still hold relevance to this day.
Last but by no means least in our three part ‘The Series’ project, a curated collection of inspirational individuals, we talk to the talented TORA. As seen in Oyster Magazine.
For our ongoing ‘The Series’ project, which celebrates individuals of substance and style, Oyster Magazine sat down with a bunch of Australia’s most exciting young music artists. This week we are hearing from Genesis.