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Complex organisms that continually evolve, shape-shift and then vanish entirely, only to re-appear in an altered form, can be challenging to define. What if an organism has never been dissected clearly understood or expertly marketed like a can of Coke or a Led Zeppelin?

What now, if this organism avoids catchy mythical cliques like ‘art collective’ or ‘super-group,’ skating by these categories with more credentials than necessary to top each list. While driven by the visceral intangibles that make music genuine, this entity has survived the pigeonhole prone music industry to prevail uncategorized, with a hard-core fan base intact.

Against all friendly advice Ryan Dahle has kept alive a complex, ambiguous organism that he created named Limblifter. Continual re-invention and a revolving door of some of Canada’s best musicians have kept the animal evolving, establishing Ryan as an innovator among artists and fans of many contrasting genres of music.

Limblifter has provided a springboard and served as a template and inspiration to countless indie-rock, art-rock, alternative, modern rock and pop bands alike. Let’s put name-dropping and past associations behind us. With the purpose of rendering any definitions, derived from a list of past-related members, useless, except to illustrate diversity. Current and ex-members of the Limblifter band camp have been or are members of (in-alphabetical order): Age of Electric, Alarmbell, Attics and Cellars, The Black Halos, Black Mountain, Brundlefly, Blood Meridian, By a Thread, Change of Heart, C’mon, Fancey, A.C. Newman, The Salteens, Spanking Betty, Sparrow, The Spitfires, Matthew Good, Mounties, The New Pornographers, Small Sins and Sloan.


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  • duckduckduck

    Such a solidly amazing band.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • suburbanmessiah

    was it 'Disturbing Behaviour'? yeah, i remember that.

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Tomrawrr

    saw their poster in a movie I saw in the 90's. shit, man.

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • rachelsass

    These guys are such sweet, good men. I used to work in a deli and they used to come in for their afternoon snackies. Sweethearts, for sure. Vancouver kicks ass

    29 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Lewer

    The world needs more Limblifter, for the love of Christ do we ever! does anyone know what's up with a new album? I've heard a few myspace demos in the past that sounded great, but outside of that...nothing.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • soundlessspace

    Now streaming. Interesting.

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • thevoid999 has finally added some Limblifter tracks...this is good news.

    7 Oct 2008 Reply
  • bluetshirt

    big fan, big fan. dutifully awaiting the next disc, which, no doubt, will take its sweet time... and be all the better for it.

    19 Jul 2008 Reply
  • uncleogrimacey

    I heard them once on a Tallahassee station in March 1996. Amazing what one spin can do.

    21 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Stanzmastertron

    limblifter is dope

    15 Oct 2007 Reply
  • duckduckduck

    So underrated! So awesome.

    28 Aug 2007 Reply
  • 712

    GOD i miss there being bands like this...

    15 Nov 2006 Reply

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