The Brooklyn-based band Loose Limbs releases its debut recording Red Hands, on Seaport Music Records, a venture launched this past December by the team behind Seaport Music Festival (SMF), the acclaimed independent music-oriented series staged each summer on Pier 17 in lower Manhattan.
The record marks the first of four releases by various artists — three vinyl and one digital — scheduled to be issued by the label in the next two months.
Available at Insound.com, the new limited-edition 7-inch vinyl release (250 pressed) features three tracks. The double A-side includes “Red Hands” and “Underdog,” both recorded and co-produced at The Wild Arctic studio (Long Island City) with engineer/ producer Dean Baltulonis (presently producing The Hold Steady’s latest record).
The flip side features a remix of “Red Hands” by Dublin-based musician and producer Martin Clancy, the current Seaport Music Records Artist in Residence, who is commissioned to “create, collaborate, and produce” a series of releases for the label in 2010-11.
The digital version is also available at and other online music sites.
All three tracks on the release can be previewed at www.SeaportMusicFestival.com, with the Martin Clancy remix of “Red Hands” available as a free download for a limited time.
The band will appear this July 23 at the Seaport Music Festival on a bill with Free Energy and Best Coast.
Loose Limbs is comprised of bassist Arthur Gandy, guitarist/ vocalist Corinne Caouette and drummer Michael Petersen. Hailing from three vastly different musical backgrounds, they came together in 2008, and started playing for fun, without any preconceived desire of where the music was going.
Loose Limbs spent much of 2009 recording, writing and performing at New York area venues such as Cake Shop. The band came to the attention of Stephen Dima, producer and founder of Seaport Music Festival & Seaport Music Records, from a demo handed to him. “A close friend knew I was itching to do a start up label that would present new work and new bands to audiences like we do during the summer with Seaport Music Festival,” said Dima.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Gandy played previously with Chariots and Exercise, while Caouette performed with Faux Jean, Le Cirque Rouge, and provided vocals for the likes of Jessy Greene (Jayhawks, Wilco, Foo Fighters) and rap artist Dessa (Doomtree).
For information on upcoming Loose Limbs shows and to listen to more music, go to www.myspace.com/looselimbsbrooklyn, or www.looselimbs.com, and befriend them on Facebook at www.fblink.com/looselimbs.
With Seaport Music Records, the organizers behind Seaport Music Festival plan to build upon the festival’s acclaimed reputation as a premier presenter of noteworthy emerging and established independent musicians by introducing new work and new bands to audiences via electronic downloads and the pressing and distribution of 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl records.
For more than seven years, SMF has presented some of the biggest names in independent music on the outdoor stage at Pier 17 for free summer concerts in lower Manhattan. Amassing audiences some 3,000 to 6,000 strong, the festival has seen stellar shows by the likes of Animal Collective, Battles, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Hot Chip, The National, Suicide, and Wire, among others.
Thus far, the 2010 season line up for the Seaport Music Festival includes:
July 2 to be announced
July 9 BEAR IN HEAVEN, with ZOLA JESUS
July 16 THEE OH SEES, with GOLDEN TRIANGLE, and SO COW
July 23 FREE ENERGY, and BEST COAST, LOOSE LIMBS
July 30 AVI BUFFALO, and CHAD VANGAALEN
August 6 YACHT, with special guests
August 13 to be announced