“It’s Out Of Our Comfort Zones” Lime Garden Interviewed

The communal path to their debut album...

It’s a unique time in music where more conversations are happening to break down the barriers of mental health taboos, and opening doors for female-fronted and all-female bands to be in the limelight. This is where Lime Garden comes in.

They have shown consistency, growth, and patience by taking the time to find their sound, and now with the release of the new album ‘One More Thing’, they have cemented themselves in the masses hearts as the new face of indie rock.

Kicking off this release with unique in-store shows and providing fans something special to look at, this was what allowed this writer to truly see the momentum the four-piece are creating. 

Since signing with the legends that are So Young Records, Lime Garden have risen out of the flames to really show off their talents in the storytelling of each track and high-quality production. A couple of days before the album was about to come out, the band talked about all things mental health, endorsements from Hayley Williams, and so much more.

Before we do anything, I think it’s important to check in and see how you’re all doing mentally?

Yeah, we’re good and feeling very excited, but also terrified at the same time.

I love that you are doing special in-store shows like at Vinilo in Southampton and Pie & Vinyl in Portsmouth, what inspired you to do these kinds of shows?

I think we wanted to go to some places that we don’t really go on tours I guess. Places like Southampton and Portsmouth are where we’ve only played once before, so I think it’s nice to be able to share that with people who don’t get to see us on the UK tour. 

It’s very different from what we do for a normal show. It’s completely stripped back, the songs, and like it’s definitely like a way more intimate. It’s a different version of us. We’ve never done anything like this before, so it is kind of scary to do such a bare set, but I think it’ll be really nice.

When we were practising for it, we were just like, ‘God, all these songs are actually really quite sad’. We’re also more afraid of these shows than the actual UK tour because it’s out of our comfort zones.

How does it feel to be doing a debut tour in the U.S? It must feel special to say the least when you have endorsements from the likes of Hayley Williams!

Yeah, it’s crazy. Going and touring America is like a dream for all of us, that’s just crazy in itself. Then the whole Paramore thing happened, sometimes we think ‘was that actually a thing that happened?’ We all are huge Paramore fans, especially growing up. Yeah, that was one of those moments where we’re like, ‘whoa, all right’.

You all have been getting bigger and bigger when it comes to people having more eyes on the band, does that create any anxiety or feel natural to you? I spoke to Meet Me At The Altar about this and they said they felt everyone’s eyes on them with them being an all-female band.

Yeah, a hundred percent. I think the more people you work with, the more that is riding on what you create. At the beginning of this band, it was very much just like four mates making music for fun. But then as soon as you get a team of people involved, there’s a whole new level of intensity that we definitely feel.   

We’re still making music for ourselves, but we were talking about it yesterday actually. One thing that people don’t really realise is that photo shoots and video shoots sound really fun, but as you get bigger, they’re actually way more stressful and taxing on your mental health than you think they would be.

You have to constantly think about your appearance and how you’re presenting yourself, and what kind of person you look like, and how you want people to interpret that and that becomes a bigger challenge that you don’t think about when you start out. It’s just all about trying to manage it and not let these feelings get too crazy.

So, how can you manage those feelings? Are there any sort of techniques you go through or do you just think ‘let’s just have a chat’?

If we’re feeling a certain way, then the rest of us probably know and feel the same. We’re very clued into how each other are feeling, and it’s such a volatile and crazy lifestyle that we lead, if we didn’t have that kind of closeness, we would have gone mental by now, so it’s really nice.

It’s important to have that support and our immediate team that we work with are the best people and they only have our best interests at heart.

You have been making music together since you were sixteen years old. Have you noticed a change in the topic of mental health or do you think there’s still a bit to go with that?

It’s not really that spoken about. We’ve said about how hard touring is and how we always come back from tours and just feel like so weird and like we never know how to like explain that feeling to people who haven’t been away because obviously everyone’s like ‘oh yeah there’s amazing time’ and obviously it is amazing, but it’s trying to deal with that high of adrenaline and then the low afterwards.

There is still a bit to go with it as we didn’t even think about it before we went on tour. During the tour we thought ‘Why do I feel so weird when we’ve come back?’

You guys had great success during lockdown, but you’ve kept getting better and better with changing up the genre of your music. Do you have any regrets changing genres each track?

Yeah we definitely don’t have any regrets. We’re all firm believers in our journey and the way it is for a reason. You can’t force things like that in music and we’ve always looked at bands and artists that constantly like to change their style and it kind of evolves as a being rather than like being in a set box.

We’ve always wanted to be like that anyway. So, definitely no regrets in the aspect of music for sure.

“You don’t have to be born into a crazy life for it to work out for you” is a quote from you guys that I love when talking about women supporting each other in music, is it a weird feeling to know you’re inspiring all-female up and coming bands without even knowing it? 

We’ll always support other women in bands as it’s a really exciting time at the minute with a lot of great female artists coming up. That’s always a positive thing and we’ll never not want to support that. 

The thought of us being a part of that is really exciting as well. All of us growing up wanted to have at least one female influence. We didn’t really have any so I think it’s super cool for people growing up now that there’s like quite a lot of not just female fronted bands like us, but there’s all female bands and that’s really cool.

It’s definitely a positive thing that people can see that there’s not just one girl band, there’s plenty. There can be lots of female bands and we all get on, inspire others, and it never has to be a race or competition.

Talk me through any stories of coming up in the Brighton music scene; when I interviewed Rag ‘n’ Bone Man he mentioned it was incredibly supportive of him when he switched between pop and hip-hop music.

It’s been so welcoming. It was the perfect place for us to figure out what we were doing and, and you’re free to kind of experiment and work out what you want to be as you go, rather than appearing as this polished, finished product.

That’s something that was so valuable to us because we were gigging for a couple years, and not really knowing what we wanted to say or sound like as a band. But we were still welcomed and people still came and saw us to see us play and stuff.

Have there ever been any shows that haven’t been as welcoming, with regards to the city or a venue or anything like that?

Not really. However, the weirdest show we’ve ever played was a socially distant show at The Windmill in Brixton. It was to do the absolute ridiculousness of what was going on as that whole period we were playing socially distanced shows and it was so weird.

I’m in love with the new album, excited to see what you all do and create in the future. Is there anything you would say you’re particularly proud of when it comes to Lime Garden as a band?

When it comes to the band, putting out an album, for all of us, is a huge, huge dream and putting out on a record label that we love is also so sick.

This feels like a crazy achievement of managing to write and record ten songs and actually put it down and get it printed to vinyl. We haven’t really quite wrapped our heads around it but that’s probably what we’re most proud of.

‘One More Thing’ is out now.

Words: Josh Abraham
Main Photo Credit: Sal Redpath
Inset Photo: Jono White

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