Get LIVE with The New Limits

The New Limits are back with a newish (as of November 2015) collection of live tunes.  To quote the band, “on April 2015, The New Limits were invited by DIY aficionado and WEMF radio host Andrew “F-Word” Lowery to visit his show “D.I.Why.” Between conversations about the state of the ska scene and the band’s influences, The New Limits performed 5 songs. Recorded in one take with no overdubs, this performance captures the band at its best.”  Let’s check it out…

 

  1. “Pressure Up”- Pick it up people! Let’s start things off with a rocksteady dance number.  Seriously, this tune will get you off your duff and make you want to start skanking the night away.  Grade: A

 

  1. “Saturday Morning”- This song has everything a ska song should have-loud horns, traditional ska guitar and a low roaring organ. Good stuff right here!  Grade: A-

 

  1. “Part of Me”- “Part of Me” slows things down a bit from the previous two ditties but is every bit as strong. The vocals are the standout; the lead vocalist really let’s his singing chops shine.  Grade: A

 

  1. “Priceless”- I really like the soul component of this song. Once again the horn section and organ ring out in full force.  Grade: A-

 

  1. “Transition”- The vocals are a little hard to hear at times, but that aside this is still a solid number. It brings in more of a rock feel than the rest of the album, while maintaining the overall brassy feel.  This is not my favorite tract, but it is enjoyable none the less.  Grade: B +

 

We’ve all had it happen to us.  After listening to a band’s album ad nauseum for months on end, you are finally standing in front of the stage, eagerly anticipating the first note to come out of the speakers.  And then it happens…the band that you loved so much puts zero effort into their live performance, or worse yet, everything you liked about the album, is  solely because of  studio effects and manipulation.  Your beloved band has zero talent.  They are but mere “recording artists” in the likes of Justin Bieber and Ashlee Simpson.  I am glad to proclaim this is not the case with The New Limits.    Top notch performances are found at not only the lead vocalist position, but also by those flanking him on all sides of the mic. In this collection of 5 songs, they show their musical range with both slower and more up-tempo numbers.  There is also a smattering of rock, and swing thrown in for good measure as well.   This is a must for any New Limits fan, no, every ska fan to add to their collection.  The New Limits fans will appreciate the live versions of the already released “Pressure Up” and “Saturday Morning” as well at the new material found in the last two tracks.   For many of us this will be the closest thing we will get to actually seeing them live (until the come to Wisconsin!),  but I can imagine, this comes in at a close second!

 

Overall Grade: A-

 

 

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