Limits: Overcoming the Adversity

limits2014Limits is an exhilarating post hardcore band from Kansas ready to take the world by storm, especially if their latest release Rebirth is indicative of greater glories ahead.  Recently unleashed from At Your Command Records, Rebirth is a powerful collection of tunes that will make you want to take on the world.  Featuring inspiring tunes about overcoming adversity and other compelling subjects, Limits is sure to possess a good amount of mass appeal.  Here is a recent interview we conducted to find out more about Limits, their dynamic music, live shows, local music scene, and many other topics of interest.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Limits, and how long the band has been together.
We’re Limits consisting of Nick Hale: vocals, Arthur Rivas: Guitar, Max Abood: Drums, Jesse Villegas: bass, and L.r. Gant: Guitar/ Vocals. Limits started as a random basement jam band between Jesse and L.R. after late nights of Magic: The Gathering. After a few songs and iPhone demos sent around, we decided to try and give Limits a real shot a year later w/ a few line-up changes we decided to hit the ground running.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Limits is based out of Wichita, Kansas. With the lack of venues our music scene really makes it up in dedication from our bands and show-goers. We have a lot of solid bands of different genres. Pop punk to math core. Untapped Market, Forget About Tomorrow, Drawn Onward, At First Glance are some bands you should keep an eye out for from our neck of the woods.

How did you wind up signing with At Your Command Records?
After we recorded Cheap Talk and An Endless Struggle we made an EPK of all of our material and sent it to every label we could think of! At Your Command was one of the first our list. Our brothers in Transcendency (another solid local) had signed with them prior and did them some solid work and caught our eye. Luckily, we caught theirs too! We liked what they had and soon released our re-issue of Rebirth under the AYC family.

limitsrebirth1Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Rebirth?
Rebirth has a general theme of adversities that we all go through and overcoming them: let it be personal, beliefs, feeling alone, feeling like you don’t matter but moreover, how that is never true. We all have lived lives of up’s and down’s and wanted to share that w/ whoever would listen. An Endless Struggle is a cap off to the idea “I know somewhere out there, there is a place where we belong.”

Select two songs from Rebirth and what inspired the lyrics.
An Endless Struggle is one of our personal favorites lyrically. The whole idea behind the song is that all the crap that we go through, all of the pain, let downs and heartaches; they end. Another personal favorite of mine is Collapse. Collapse captures corruption in the world around us; government, the music industry, capitalization on religion and so on. We wanted to really say something with this song from start to finish. In the end it’s an empowerment to the people to stand up, to fight for what we believe and what we love, together.

What could one expect from a live Limits show?
You can expect a show. We are musicians but we are also performers. We make sure to leave an impression and to have you leaving wondering “Who the f**k is Limits??”

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Limits show?
Every show we seem to run into a headache. Car troubles, weather, a foot getting smashed by a trailer. Honestly at this point we wouldn’t be surprised if we were kidnapped by a group of leprechauns and sold into a mystical slave trade. It’s lovely. Keeps us on our toes haha

If Limits could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson. He’s the king. Do we need another reason?

Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened up for and what was the experience like?
A Skylit Drive, For All Those Sleeping, Within The Ruins, Nightmares, Dark Sermon, Betrayal, Incredible Me, Conflicts, Oceano, Counterparts and other cool bands I’m forgetting. There’s nothing quite like meeting a band you like and then them telling you how they enjoyed your set. The fun part is keeping in the high squealing fan girl scream when you first meet them. Some tries are better than others. My bad, For All Those Sleeping -L.R. Gant

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Rebirth for the first time?
Honestly, that we’re just some dudes who decided to play music together and the fact that anyone decides to listen to our music is amazing. We are so privileged to do what we do. When a random person comes up to you to tell you how they love your band and want you to sign this or that, asks for a picture together or even just want to meet us because of our music ; its crazy and we love all of it.

With Rebirth being a re-release, how close is Limits to writing and recording all new material?
Our new material is finished and it makes Rebirth look like child’s play. We have all grown as musician/friends/people and it shows in every aspect of our writing. We’ll be releasing more information about it mid-August.

What’s up next for Limits?
Another record very soon.

Any final words of wisdom?
We are LIMITS and we’re out to write some catchy tunes and play some shows. Come hang with us.

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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