Young Australian band Lime Cordiale are currently on their international Robbery tour, but took time out to tell VAULT about the band’s connections to the arts and the occupational hazards of linocut printing.
Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, alternative pop band Lime Cordiale, fronted by brothers Olie and Louis Leimbach, have had a phenomenal year of playing and touring and it is undoubtedly a good time for Australian music. Speaking to VAULT not long after returning to Australia from Europe, one half of the brother duo, Louis Leimbach explains, well, “Australia makes really good music. There's so much coming out of Australia, like Flume and Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala. A lot of people who came to our recent shows came because ‘You’re Australian! I just saw an Australian band was on the line-up, so I came’.”
Australian musicians do have a profile on the international circuit in a way they never did before, partly due to the prevalence of social media and the ease of media streaming platforms, however it can still be hard for bands to get heard. The challenges for a small band to stand out are significant.
Frustrated with the lack of opportunities for Australian bands on festival circuits, Lime Cordiale curated their own mini touring festival, The Squeeze (which took place in 2018 and 2019), with a line-up of emerging acts, comedians and performances. The second iteration nearly broke them financially but was infinitely rewarding and increased their loyal fan base. In 2018, they were showcased at South by Southwest where they were picked as one of the top eight break through artists. They have had a litany of hits including ‘Money’, ‘Temper Temper’ and ‘Dirt Cheap’, the last of which came in at #86 on the triple j Hottest 100 in 2018, accompanied by hilarious .. Subscribe to read this article in full
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