Shoo is the debut album from Lionlimb, the project of songwriter Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger. It is set for release on March 4th via Bayonet Records. Bronaugh wrote the collection of songs between 2012 and 2015 while living in Chicago, San Francisco, and Nashville.
After returning from an Australian tour playing guitar and drums in Angel Olsen’s band, Lionlimb began recording Shoo in 2015 with Robin Eaton. Bronaugh and Jaeger started by tracking live drums and piano, and then for weeks Bronaugh filled up reel after reel, layering compulsively over their recordings. In the spring, Bronaugh and Eaton began the task of peeling away the layers.
The resulting sessions proved to be a departure from the duo’s previous recordings with a shift toward jazz, rock and soul with the addition of saxophone and Fender Rhodes. The album’s influences can be traced back to Miles Davis’ On the Corner, Jack London, Schumann, Elliott Smith and Jackson Pollock.
Today, Lionlimb share lead single “Domino” via The FADER. Bronaugh says, “The original voice memo of this song just kind of plods along, but when we recorded it we pepped it up and gave these drums breaks inspired by Amerie’s ‘1 Thing,’ I was obsessed with that song. There’s also a lyric in there about making it to the church on time, which I totally stole from ‘Modern Love.’ I don’t know what kind of music we’d be making if David Bowie hadn’t ever put out records.”
The band will play SXSW this year in support of Shoo. Stay tuned for future tour dates to be announced.