Lime Cordiale, the Sydney band currently winning over legions of fans all across the globe and racking up over 95 million streams in the process, officially announce the release of their hotly-anticipated second LP with brand new single ‘On Our Own’. The album, titled 14 Steps To A Better You, will be released via Chugg Music / London Cowboys on 10th July. Alongside this, the Australians will be embarking on a 22 date EU & UK tour in November and December, including two dates at iconic London venue The Garage.
The news of their second album follows a string of celebrated singles from the duo (made up of brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach), which saw them claim 4 tracks in the top 40 of Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2019 (more than any other artist from over 3.3 million votes), as well as sign to Post Malone’s label and management London Cowboys.
With so much uncertainty in the world at this troubling time Lime Cordiale seriously considered pushing back the release of the album until they could resume playing to their rapidly growing and wildly enthusiastic worldwide audiences and bring the songs to life on stage. However, the band have decided to stick with the plan to release in July and hope that their music will serve as a much needed brightly lit beacon of light, even on the darkest of nights.
By pure chance, ‘On Our Own’ lyrically couldn’t be more reflective of our current climate. Initially written about the life of a relationship and the different stages of being alone, it has evolved to capture a new poignant relevance in an unknown world of social isolation.
“The first verse is about finally finding some alone time together, away from friends and distractions. Just the two of us on our own. The second verse is the breakup. The relationship has gone stale and we need some time on our own. The bridge is full of regret. Lonely, on our own and there’s no going back,” the band explain.
The official video sees Lime Cordiale collaborate once again with director Jack Shepherd and features the whole band suited and polished up in full live studio mode. “We’ve never had a music video like this. We wanted a studio video that was honest and closer to our live show than we’ve ever had before. We only decided to do it all in one take once director Jack had seen it on the day. There’s no bullshit when you don’t cut. This is who we are and this is how we play ‘On Our Own’,” they explain.
The title of the new album, 14 Steps To A Better You, is a parody of self-help books with its songs representing “lessons” on how to be your best self, packed with incisive commentary about their mates, lovers and the world at large. It is a representation of how far they’ve come, both musically and personally.
Some of these messages might be sharp, but the sunny, buoyant, music makes them easy to digest. Lime Cordiale are first and foremost a good-times band and 14 Steps To A Better You – recorded over two weeks on a farm in New South Wales with “no reception and no distractions” – maintains that standard. As with their debut album Permanent Vacation (2017), they worked with producer Dave Hammer, but this time, with an established rapport, were able to experiment and play; “find beautiful sounds and wreck them.”
With one of the most talked about live shows in Australia, Lime Cordiale and their long-time touring band-members James Jennings (drums), Felix Bornholdt (keyboard) and Nick Polovineo (trombone, guitar) played more than 120 shows across the globe in the last 12 months. Still buzzing from their Hottest 100 sweep, the year ahead looks equally bright for Lime Cordiale. The release of what is sure to be one of the year’s most beloved albums should see their rise go stratospheric.
The heavy touring doesn’t faze the band; it’s more energising than exhausting, according to Oli, especially when they find themselves selling out shows in European towns they’d never even heard of.
“When you play a show and strangers are singing your own song back to you, it’s like a massive drug,” Oli says. “You sort of get addicted to that.”
LIME CORDIALE EU/UK TOUR
6 DECEMBER 02 ACADEMY2 – OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
7 DECEMBER – FLEECE – BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
8 DECEMBER – THE GARAGE – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
9 DECEMBER – THE GARAGE – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
10 DECEMBER – O2 INSTITUTE3 – BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
11 DECEMBER – ACADEMY 3 – MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
12 DECEMBER – KING TUTS – GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
14 DECEMBER – WHELANS – DUBLIN, IRELAND
15 DECEMBER – 02 ACADEMY2 – SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
16 DECEMBER – PATTERNS – BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM