The ASUCD Entertainment Council will be bringing more live music to campus today at 7:30 p.m. as another free concert comes to the ASUCD Coffee House.
Limbeck will be traveling from Orange Country to headline the show with its alt-country rock sound. Opening the show are Push Push Pull, a local indie-pop group that includes two current UC Davis students, and Santa Rosa-based band The New Trust.
Limbeck’s music is often described as a blend of pop and country rock, although Limbeck guitarist and vocalist Patrick Carrie said his band generally avoids pigeonholing their sound.
“We always describe [our music] as rock. It’s a nice, all-inclusive word,” Carrie said in an e-mail. “But when we play at the Coho, it’s just going to be Robb MacLean and myself, so it will be a little more mellow than usual.“
As for the band’s strange name, Carrie said that a number of different stories exist on how the moniker came about.
“Some [explanations] are good and some are bad. But my favorite has to do with a baseball player named Don Limbeck,” Carrie said. “He is basically like a modern day Robin Hood. And he is just important enough for us to name the band after him.“
Limbeck, as a consistently touring band, has encountered some strange situations while on the road – one of which occurred near Davis. Carrie said that the band once attempted to spend the night in the Bay Area with a man they had nicknamed “fast-talker.”
“He had a roommate that looked like [the punk-singer] Danzig, and who kept saying that she would be super mad when she got home,” he said. “But ‘fast-talker‘ assured us that it was cool. Then at 4 a.m. she [came] home and woke [‘fast-talker‘] up by smacking him in the head a dozen times.”
Carrie added that the woman started yelling at the band’s host, reminding him that their apartment wasn’t a hostel, and kicked the band out at 4:30 in the morning.
Push Push Pull lead singer and guitarist Gary Kim, a senior design student, said he had heard Limbeck before, adding that the band “was obviously signed for a reason.“
Kim said that Push Push Pull is especially excited to play in Davis tonight.
“I’ve always wanted to play at the Coho because I’ve always wanted to have my friends come out and watch one of my shows,” Kim said. “We usually play at the Boardwalk which is about 45 minutes away. This time, however, it’s on campus – literally right outside the classroom.“
Kim described his band as an indie-pop-rock group that sounds something like the bands Rocket Summer and Brightened mixed together.
EC promotions coordinator Jennifer Dao said that the show represented a move in a slightly different direction, as the EC hasn’t brought many bands with a country influenced sound like Limbeck to campus.
Dao said The New Trust is a band that EC members have seen around the Bay Area and thought deserved recognition in Davis.
ZACK FREDERICK can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.