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    Dream folk trio Twin Limb has created a lot of buzz in the Louisville music scene, gaining popularity both with Louisvillians and other local bands - earning mentions when we’ve sat down with other groups like Quiet Hollers, White Reaper and New Bravado. With producer-turned-band-member Kevin Ratterman acting as guitar and pedal master, accordionist Lacey Guthrie and percussionist Maryliz Bender have released one of Louisville’s best songs of the year, “Long Shadow.” Across the country, people had the opportunity to hear this local favorite as they toured with Houndmouth. At Forecastle had the opportunity to talk with Twin Limb after the band’s Sunday set. What did you think about your set?

    Lacey: It felt great! It was a great crowd.

    Kevin: Everybody that runs this festival is so professional and so nice. It sounded great. They made the load-in so easy. Was Forecastle a benchmark for you guys, being a Louisville band?

    Maryliz: It was unexpected. Yet, I do feel like it was sort of like drawing a line and hitting that mark.

    Lacey: It’s such a positive festival. Kevin has seen it since its infancy in Tyler Park and for it to be what it is now, and Forecastle Foundation is so amazing. We’re just really happy to be a part of it. Twin Limb recently went on the road with Houndmouth. Did that bring any momentum into Forecastle?

    Kevin: We definitely learned a ton. The girls had been together for a little over a year before I joined the band and that tour was really the first chance that we had to play as a three-piece on stage, in front of people. We worked on the record and we were all adding stuff as we were making the record but we hadn’t had a chance to play live much as a band, so that tour was great for us. We learned so much about the sound and I feel like we got so much better as a band. We ended up coming home and changing some things on the record. It was a little bit of a course in rock’n’roll.

    Lacey: That’s right. It was like rock’n’roll camp. Did the audience receive you well?

    Lacey: It was great. One of my favorite moments from the tour was when this guy in Columbia, Missouri, in full FOX racing gear from his hat down to his boots, said, [with a country accent] “Man, that was awesome. I’ve never heard anything like this in my life.” He got a tape and I was like ‘go, get into really weird freakin’ music.’

    Kevin: It was interesting because we started playing every night and you could tell people were a little confused. They didn’t know what to think, but they wanted to like it. They were like, ‘I know I want to like this but I don’t really know what it is.’  People were slowly getting into it, but by the end we had them. Accordion, percussion and guitar isn’t the most normal arrangement, but it’s great. How did that come together?

    Lacey: Maryliz and I had been playing music on our own for years, doing solo stuff and other bands. I had picked up the accordion probably four year before we started playing together and I was starting to do more drone-y stuff with it. Maryliz had actually been playing guitar and using this loop pedal, making beautiful ambient stuff and we got together and she picked up some drums and we were like, “I feel like I want to do this now” and it was great.

    Maryliz: When we started, it was just like okay this accordion needs some percussion behind it so we just did that and there were times when we would use guitar on some songs and Lacey would do the percussion and visa versa.

    Lacey: I would love to see you pick up a guitar again during one of our songs.

    Maryliz: Well, I don’t know about that. I’m really happy behind the drums there. Once we got into the studio, Kevin knew what we needed to make it sound the way we heard it in our heads. So, Kevin, you were producing first before you joined the band?

    Kevin: Silently producing. Which is the way I always produce.

    Lacey: Everything he was adding was so perfect. It was already inside of our minds. And we were like, “Oh my god, you are the one.” And he was like, “Can I be in your band?”

    Kevin: This band was the one I had always wanted. I’ve played with so many different people and always love it, but this is where my heart really lies.

    Lacey: Hi Kevin, we have your heart. Did you believe your role changed once you became a member of the band?

    Kevin: I feel like it’s always changing. None of us knows what’s next and that’s what’s beautiful. This has already evolved so much from where it was. We’ve only been together for seven months and, already, it has come so far. Hopefully, it will just keep progressing.

    Lacey: We want to keep challenging ourselves to do incredible things. It’s important.

    Kevin: There are no real goals. Without sounding too naïve or generic, there’s just a collection of energy and just figuring out how to organize the energy and different days.

    Lacey: We’re getting closer to accidentally starting a cult. I’m so excited. You’re the only band that can say they have played Poorcastle and Forecastle. What do you think about that?

    Kevin: We feel very, very thankful to both of them for being super cool about it.

    Lacey: We talked to the Forecastle folks when they invited us and we were saying this festival that is a week before is really close to our heart. It’s called Poorcastle. It’s for local radio. Is that okay? They said go for it. It was such a treat. At Poorcastle, you headlined, but at Forecastle you played at 1:30 p.m. Was that really different?

    Kevin: Let’s be honest, the only reason why we were able to play both is that no one gives a shit about Twin Limb [everyone laughs]. Yet!

    Lacey: Soon, our cult will be real. Is there a moment you thought, “Oh, we‘ve really got something here”?

    Kevin: As an artist that moment happens often and then never lasts very long. You say, “Oh shit, this is it, this is perfect, this is what I’ve been trying to do forever.” Then after a couple weeks you say, “This isn’t good enough.”

    Lacey: “We could do this better, and this better, and this better…” Is that because musicians are tirelessly trying to one up themselves?

    Lacey: Everybody in a discipline is.

    Kevin: You’re addicted to that moment of finding something new and when you are addicted to that, you are constantly searching. It’s awesome.

    Lacey: We have this thing where we will have something and think it’s great but it could be better. It could always be better. It sounds great, feels great, but there’s always that magic moment that’s always there. I’ve got one question about your onstage arrangement. When [Lacey and Maryliz] are onstage, you are seated across from each other and when you are singing, it looks like you are staring into each other’s eyes. Are you sending each other telepathic messages?

    Lacey: Oh my god, all the time, yeah. That does happen.

    Maryliz: After the set, Lacey will say, “Umm were you about to tell me, you know, that your drum was about to fall over or something?”

    Lacey: Oh, maybe this one time during this one song when we were singing about how I’ll always be there for you I was really feeling it. We were playing “Don’t Even Think” today and we were in that moment for sure.

    Maryliz: I was right there for you.

    Lacey: You were! You were really were!

    Kevin: And I’m always in the back having very strong emotional attachments to my gear.

    Lacey: Kevin has a lot of energy and a lot of machines. You are the most magical robot I have ever met in my entire life. Singularity is going to come and Kevin is just going to be one with the pedal board. In a recent interview with Modest Mouse in Rolling Stone, front man Isaac Brock said their last album took so long because he kept trying to find another element to add to the songs. If the album is done and Twin Limb keeps playing the songs live, do you ever wonder if you should go back and work on it more?

    Kevin: Really good question. We’re at a point right now where I think we can all agree that we would love to go back and redo everything but there has to be a point where you focus on the future.

    Lacey: It’s also like an archiving, like a time capsule. This is how it was when we recorded it.

    Kevin: It is a moment in time and you have to keep the integrity that this happened. You have to stop the editing process at some point, close the book and move on so other ideas can happen. That’s the hardest part about being an artist is deciding when you are done. We would all love to go back to the record and back it better but I think we all agreed that’s not a priority. It’s tough. It really is tough.

    LC: Do you all have plans yet for the release of the album yet?

    Kevin: Definitely. Hopefully we will have a game plan within the next month about what’s going to happen with the record. It’ll definitely be out this year. I won’t ay definitely, but I’ll say hopefully definitely.

    Lacey: In our dream of dreams, we’ll have it out this year.

    LC: Does the album have a name?

    Kevin: It does, yeah.

    Lacey: We’re calling it Haplo.

    Kevin: The record is done. It’s mastered. It’s finished. It’s in the can.

    Lacey: It’s a little can of delicious Twin Limb stew.

    Kevin: We’re trying to decide who the lucky person is that gets it (everyone laughs)

    Photo courtesy of Twin Limb's Facebook page. 

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    Covering Louisville music like it's the 6 o' clock news. I've covered Forecastle, Louder Than Life, Moontower, Starry Nights, and Louisville music news for 3 years. Follow me @parasiticnoise

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