Like their fruitier namesake, The Limes may be a bit green, but the flavor and tanginess they offer are worth a try. On the first album from the Texas based outfit showcase their raw talent and authenticity, and plant the seeds of something impressive.
The first three tracks are tight but not overwhelming—they rely on strong guitars, noisy drums, and ordinary, plodding songwriting. But don’t make a judgement on Turn Your Lights Off until at least “If”, the earnest fourth track where it becomes obvious that this band samples a considerable amount more range and experiment than your average in-your-face rock four-piece. That’s when you’ll first hear the sounds of Texas—the grit, pick up trucks, the dirty rock that make this track worth sinking your teeth into. They continue their sincerity into slow-moving numbers like “Inside”, which is like ice tea on lazy summer afternoons—easy, cool, and hitting the proverbial spot. They ace the album’s few ballads, which help spell out the group’s multi-faceted potential and hybriding style.
Though the Limes may not be the most technically advanced of bands—their music utilizes few chords, fewer innovative beats, and pretty standard singing—they offer a good natured attitude and energy that spin them into chroniclers of the easy, lazy, experience of youth, hometowns, and day to day travails. They working toward being purveyors of a truly American rock and roll experience. This is a band that, with a bit more fine tuning, could truly be a powerhouse of power pop/rock.