ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After releasing their debut five-song EP “Casa de Amor” on Nov. 8, The Lymbs – singer/guitarist Gage Bickerstaff and drummer Jeff Bell – are creating videos for the songs.
The duo are currently working on one for the song “Fires,” and hope to have it ready early in the new year. They also are working to get their music out to the masses.
“We like to play as often as we can. Right now we’re doing about two shows a month,” Bell says. “We’ve slowed down to work on the videos. We’ve been sending the EP out to get some interest from labels, promoters, college radio.”
They have a presence on Sonicbids, and the song “Wicker Man” has been in rotation on “Local Edge,” a local music show Sundays on The Edge (104.7 FM).
The five songs on “Casa de Amor” showcase a minimalist blues funk that builds momentum off Bickerstaff’s soulful vocals. There’s an ambling, rambling ballad (“Dreamer”); corrosive atonal scale blues (“Kerosene”); a soft-loud-soft dynamic (“Blue”); and throbbing synth lines that help build to a clanging, crashing climax (“Fires”).
“The Lymbs are very organic, very raw,” Bell says. “We don’t have a bassist, so we use the synth for the low tones. It’s just more pronounced on ‘Fires.’ ”
The guys have been playing together since August 2011, after Bickerstaff moved back to Albuquerque from L.A.
Drawing influences from progressive blues musicians of the late ’60s, early ’70s and Led Zeppelin, the guys say they get compared to contemporary two-piece groups such as the Black Keys and the White Stripes.
“That doesn’t really mean much,” Bickerstaff says. “Trying to describe our music is irrelevant. Jeff says we sound like whales surfing in the Bahamas, or mountaintops crashing on the heads of elephants.”
“I like to give a sense of imagery,” Bell adds, “so people can go listen to our music instead of us telling you what we are.”