Comprised of Robert Paul (vocals, guitar), Sam Soper (guitar), Alex Barrow (organ),
Simon Mitchell (bass), Charlie Michael (drums) and Leo Lewis (percussion), the South London-based sextet The Severed Limb have developed a national profile in their native UK since their formation back in 2009 as they’ve opened for Imelda May and played a number of BBC live sessions, including one for Steve Lamacq at Maida Vale Studios. Adding to a growing profile, they’ve released material through Damaged Goods Records, Serious Types Records and others, and have played across most of Europe.
Building upon the buzz they’ve received, the sextet recorded their latest single “Bela Lugosi” on two-inch tape at the all analog Chuckalumba Studios in Dorset, UK, and interestingly their latest single is a decided change in sonic direction as the band which once used accordions, washboards and acoustic guitars have taken up a 60s garage rock-leaning sound, complete with a shuffling swagger as the band pair angular guitar chords, twisting and turning organ chords, and a propulsive backbeat. As the band explains in press notes about their evolution. “We didn’t want to associated with bands at festivals, who wear waistcoats, so you mutate and survive.”
The recently released music video features footage of the band playing in front of cool lighting displays and cuts in between with classic and found footage from classic horror movies — some including a few movies that featured Bela Lugosi, himself.