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A Dirty Dozen with MIKE BURT from LIMBERLOST – December 2021 (BMA)

| 11 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Limberlost is an American rock band from Seattle, WA. Behind the crushing vocals of Krystle Pyette and mesmerizing harmonies of Brittany Lauren, the band, consisting of Ricky Dunn on Guitar, Ben “Thor” Beman on Bass, Anthony Ciarochi on Keys and Michael Burt on Drums, use captivating hooks and tenacious grooves to grab your heart and invade your soul. A troop of 6 vastly different origins who bind together as one, and rise from the mist to permeate every song and performance with passion, love and raw energy!  The band is the winningest band in the short history of the Annual Banger Music Awards. The band is a finalist for the 5th Annual Banger Music Awards in the following categories: BEST ROCK SONG and BEST FEMALE VOCALIST.” We get drummer Mike to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

We just released our album Good Fight this summer on the same day we set out on tour to support it. This album is a lot more eclectic then our first album. Quite a bit of variety, including a couple covers, a couple songs with legendary producer Timothy Eaton, a live one take studio recording with no click, a quarantine recording, and a beautiful piano duet. Quite a few little earworms actually but 100% Limberlost.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician? Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

We have a huge influence range in this band as well as age range. It’s very cool because we somehow bring that all together in our writing. We have several songwriters and everyone gets to contribute. It can definitely be a battle royale getting there but that is actually part of the recipe. To your question for me it was 70’s and 80’s rock. No social media or YouTube. Going to concerts was homework. Watching them larger than life. I’m a drummer so seeing Bohnam, Powell, Appice, Peart, Van Halen, Cobham, and Rarebell just off the top of my head. I would poach them all. But out of the gate it was Ringo. Probably because we both have big noses… I don’t know.

3. What was your reaction to being included in the Banger Music Awards process? Did you ever think what you were doing would be elevated to “award” status?

Great question. This is our 4th year to have nominations from the Bangers. We have won 7 I think. Pretty incredible. No, I don’t think awards were initially on the radar until we started getting nominated. I think the 2018 Bangers were one of the firsts. We now have quite the little trophy case going and all of them are special and cool. It builds confidence for us to keep doing “our” thing. The Bangers are very cool because you can’t “self- nominate”. You have to be chosen and the fans are 100% responsible for the victory. Legit! Hope we add to the collection this year 😊 !

4. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Original energetic Melodic Rock with classic rock undertones. I can’t say we’ve ever had a comparison that makes us cringe. We get the normal “2 Chick Singers from Seattle” Heart comparisons or Fleetwood Mac. We don’t think we sound like them but there are points that intersect and those bands are some of our heroes. We are humbled to mentioned in the same sentence as bands like that. We have a distinguishing sound (we think) and we don’t write the same song. So, if you go song by song your comparisons might change.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Dave Grohl. Because Dave Grohl.

6. How important to you is the local music scene and acceptance by not only the fans but also your peers?

Not very. Fans absolutely, but searching for acceptance and validity among other musicians is a dangerous posture and, in my opinion, promotes mediocrity. “Everybody gets a trophy” or “Everybody is deserving” which is just not true. Not everyone works as hard or more importantly smart. Shouldn’t be a competition but unfortunately it is in many cases.  Respect is a better target. I’ll leave it at that.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Ben and Ricky love to cook. They are definitely the foodies of the group. Out on this last tour, we had a steak bbq when we were in Sturgis at our campsite. Steak, Grilled onions, Bacon wrapped asparagus oh ya… The boys were on it.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I try not to get starstruck because I tend to mumble drool and say stupid crap. No, seriously, and TOTALLY bias, when I see Krystle sing and take over a stage, I believe there isn’t a stage big enough or crowd large enough to contain her. No gimmicks, no oversold stereotypes. Authentic.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Man, hands down performing! If the day comes where I can’t swing the sticks, I will either promote, manage or watch TV. NO Wait!! I wanna raise those screaming goats.

10. What is one question you would like an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

“Do you die your hair?” No.  I don’t really grow weary of answering questions. The reason they are asked is because they don’t know, just like the first time it was ever asked, and we were just giddy that someone noticed and wanted to interview us. Pretty arrogant and unappreciative to get bored telling your story. What makes the latest interviewer any less special than the first? Right?

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Not really, everything leads to here. I like here!! Not saying I’m satisfied with here but I’m enjoying the moment. However, I would say if there were it would be any relationships I may have set on fire. I try not to do that as a rule, but I’m sure there might be some out there. A very wise friend once told me to treat everyone with respect because the same people you will encounter on the way up are the same you will run into on the way down.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Pet Sounds. Just the shear genius of Brian Wilson. Let me be the guy getting the coffee. Just to witness that level of performance in a studio.







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