Introducing: Black Lime
Fiery guitar assault from the City of Culture…
YOUR NAME: Luke Berry.
BAND NAME: Black Lime.
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Lead Guitar.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC? A year and a half.
GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1. Because we’re from Yorkshire and Yorkshire is God’s own county!
2. We struggle to find someone that sounds like us, due to our unique blend of musicians. So we like to think we could find a place in your music selection. We’re not re-inventing the wheel or anything, we’re just making it sound a bit different…
3. We labour over everything we do and take our music personally. We’re not just writing for the sake of it, everything is chaotic and power-driven for a reason, it reflects our writing styles and sometimes our personalities, drawing inspiration from real situations.
WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
On stage, big or small, it’s where we are the most comfortable. It’s like every venue is familiar to us. Sometimes we’ll finish the set with half of the band off the stage, it’s just about enjoying ourselves as much as possible, if you look like you’re into it the audience can catch that vibe.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST…
RECORD? Led Zeppelin I – can you get any classier than that!?
CD? I was a 90s kid, there was a serious abundance of CDs throughout the 90s/00s, so I honestly cannot remember by my first CD…
DOWNLOAD? I can’t remember this either, but our bassist, Elliot, fondly remembers spending hours downloading copious amounts of 50 Cent.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRL/BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
I think I can speak for all the band on this when I say probably a guitar wall. Even our drummer wouldn’t be able to resist a long sprawl of a Dawson’s-esque collection of guitars. I would be drowning in pedals most likely…
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
Failure is not an option.
CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
We’re all actually very similar in our tastes. Sam will entertain some Kanye West every now and then, where the other lads probably wouldn’t give him the time of day. Elliot (bass) listens to a fair amount of 90s hip hop (we’re talking Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Biggie Smalls etc…) and I’m a huge jazz nut.
WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
Culture? None other than the City Of Culture itself, therefore every band in Hull, basically. Can I say that? For sport you can’t beat the mighty Yorkshire Vikings, can you? And music, you cannot deny the sheer popularity and talent of the Sheffield lads, Arctic Monkeys.
NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
John Bonham on drums, every time. Jack Bruce on the bass. Hendrix and Keith Richards on guitars and, for me, it’s gotta be Iggy Pop fronting the vocals.
GO SEE THIS FILM: Swiss Army Man.
GO READ THIS BOOK: Junky by William Burroughs.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Terry Reid.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: Coldplay.
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS?: L.A.
AND FINALLY… AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS?:
Editor’s note: Failure wasn’t an option for Black Lime, but the band announced their break-up via Facebook in