San Francisco exists as an understated hot bed for music these days. No longer is it at the forefront of people’s minds when they think of America’s top music cities. There does however currently exist a thriving and varied scene of local, independent artists. Making their debut this year is another young band that despite only having released one track, posses obvious quality and potential.
Lungs and Limbs recently released debut single ‘Signs of Life’. It is a heavy pop track that the band describes as a reflection of self-exploration that recounts:
Karina Rousseau’s journey to becoming the band’s lead vocalist, a path that the reluctantly designated front woman finds both challenging and liberating.
Karina was kind enough to answer some questions for Jetset Times in this edition of What’s In Your Luggage. Lungs and Limbs are new band emerging from a young and thriving city. Hear them now before they blow up.
What one item do you need to pack no matter where you are going?
Karina: A hat.
Where do you call home?
Karina: Sonoma County, California
If I were to visit your hometown or city for the first time what’s one place that I have to go to?
Karina: The ocean!
If you could do a tour anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Karina: Probably almost anywhere. Traveling while playing music is the best.
What inspired you to start making music?
Karina: Nothing has ever made me feel better than making music. It’s as simple as that.
How did the band come together?
Karina: It all came together pretty naturally. Nick Tudor and I had been writing songs for a little while but we needed bass and drums. My sister introduced us to Chris Casey, who is originally from Massachusetts. Matt Power is an old friend from high school and college.
What was your song of the past summer?
Karina: ‘Sound and Color’ by Alabama Shakes.
If you were throwing a music festival, which two bands would you pick to headline alongside you?
Karina: St. Vincent and Future Islands.
Why did you guys decide to build your own studio instead of just going into an already built one? What did you learn from that experience?
Karina: At first the studio was just going to be a rehearsal space where we could rock out without bothering any neighbors, and maybe record demos. The building part was actually really difficult because we were pretty broke, working regular jobs and gigging. It felt like a big gamble to be investing so much time and money into it. While we were building, our guitarist Nick Tudor was also teaching himself how to record and after hearing how good his first recordings in the finished studio sounded we decided it was the only way to go. Building the studio taught us to work together and keep pushing even when the outcome was unclear. Recording with Nick is really what allowed us to develop the sound of Lungs and Limbs.
How would you describe your music to somebody that has never heard you before?
Karina: I hope it sounds like pop with integrity.
If you could only bring one book, one movie, and one album on tour with you, which would they be?
Karina: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury; Mad Max: Fury Road; and Whokill by Tuneyards.
What is one band more people should be listening to?
Karina: Maps and Atlases.
How did you guys decide on the name Lungs and Limbs?
Karina: We liked the alliteration and the fact that both are usually used to make music.
Where is the best place in your hometown to get this food?
Karina: My friends are the best cooks I know! I love when they come to my house to cook.
What’s the inspiration behind debut single “Signs of Life”?
Karina: Feeling lost and remembering that everyone feels that way sometimes.
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What does traveling mean to you?
Karina: Traveling is amazing! I feel very lucky to live in a time where I’m able to go to so many places.
Where is the band’s next destination?
Karina: Realistically Oregon and Washington, and hopefully Texas in the spring.
What do you think of Lungs and Limbs’ travel style? Let us know in the comments.