One of France’s most loved treasures, The Limiñanas are Marie (drums/vocals) and Lionel (guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals), and it is clear from this evening’s gig that it is simply not one of France’s most loved. Performing to a packed-out gig with their touring band, the band that hails from Perpignan straddles the boundary between psych, shoegaze, and yé-yé. Playing an extensive and enjoyable set, which included a couple of covers, their rowdy crowd seemed more than suitably happy.
Unusually supported by DJ Paulitical, the band were on reasonably early with an 8:45pm commence. However, that seemed to have little impact on their set concluding. With hazy, reverb-laden hooks, combined at times with noisy distortion, and fronted by effortlessly cool vocals, and dynamic drumming, it’s not difficult to realise that the band is quintessentially French. The Limiñanas, who have recently been produced by Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe and remixed by Jim Diamond (White Stripes/The Sonics), have a deviant aspect to them and evidently that diffuses into their crowd, as they perform tracks such as The Lords of the New Church’s Russian Roulette, Dreams and Garden of Love.
Obviously promoting their most recent album, Shadow People, The
Limiñanas indulged the audience with tracks Dimanche and Istanbul is Sleepy. With head nods to the likes of The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Billy Childish and The Cramps, their influences become even more obvious when they actually cover the tracks. With wonderful covers of Patti Smith’s Gloria and CAN’s I Want More there was little to complain about on the night. My only complaint is with being claustrophobic there were a few moments where I was out of my comfort zone, but it was great to see this band get the audience they deserve, I suspect that this is not their first sold out gig from this performance.