As they say in La France: Quelle surprise! The two singles currently on the street from The Liminanas were something of a surprise to me for a couple reasons: It’s not often that you hear a band wrapping Stereolab, Ye-Ye, surf, and a bit o’ that wall of sound thing into a soufflé and; You don’t expect to hear a band like that on Trouble In Mind or Hozac. Both labels are Chicago based and known for their grimey punk singles, not the beaches of the Mediterranean. The band call Perpignan, France their home. Perpignan is a short drive, or bus ride to the beach, which seems to color the bands music. The b-side to their Trouble in Mind single evokes sunsets, crashing waves and bonfires. The a-side would more likely be found in a disco than the beach. The spoken dialog reminds me of listening to how to speak French tapes, only there’s groove a mile wide that will make you want first Dance and then start speaking French. The perfect hot and cold single.
mp3: The Liminanas – Je Ne Suis Pas Trés Droguee (order your copy from Trouble In Mind)
The second Liminanas single out on Hozac is a little more in line with the Garage/Spector sounds of the day, but no less agreeable. This time singing in English, the band go for the jugular with Baby I’m Dead, and then switch back to 60’s Ye-Ye style for the b-side. Trouble In Mind are promising to release the band’s first album later this year. It will be the first 12 inch from the exclusively 7″ singles label to this point. A Liminanas album could quite possibly be a genius move for both the Liminanas and Trouble In Mind. In the meantime, get these two singles and count the days until the album appears.