L.I.M.E. – Living In Mountain Ecstasy
Aspen Times Staff Writer
“Night of the Dead” is 6 feet under. Sadly, so is the band that spawned it.
But Likewise, the Aspen-area rock/blues/jam act that disbanded last spring, has seen a resurrection of sorts. And the group’s return has breathed new life into another defunct jam act, Seventh Hour.
Local musicians Paul Boneau, Eli Madden, John Carlin, Jeff Johnston and Andy Coppen are now known as L.I.M.E. – or “Living In Mountain Ecstasy,” for those of you keeping track. The group, which will play at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Black Nugget in Carbondale, got together in May just after the demise of Likewise.
L.I.M.E. now features Likewise transplants Boneau and Madden, Seventh Hour refugees Carlin and Johnston, and Coppen, a Breckenridge transplant who once drummed for a Widespread Panic tribute band, the Miltones.
“Eli and I knew those guys from around here and crossing paths on the road and whatnot,” said Boneau, the band’s bassist. “We knew all these guys and knew it was going to work and sound good – and it ended up sounding as good as we’d hoped.
“We just sort of talked about it a couple times and said, ‘Man, we should get together and see if it works,’ and it just came together real fast at that point. It’s fun – a good jamming band.”
L.I.M.E. may contain trace elements of its predecessors – including the bands’ reverence for the Grateful Dead – but has created a sound all its own, Boneau says.
“It’s different,” he said. “The elements that make Likewise, some of those elements are gone, and the same with Seventh Hour. There’s definitely some Likewise in it and some Seventh Hour, but it doesn’t sound too much like either band.”
Carlin and Madden, leading songwriters for their previous groups, have contributed a few of their older songs for the L.I.M.E. lineup. But this new act will, of course, soon head in a different direction.
“We’re trying to do all originals, which is, you know, a whole different ball game,” Boneau said.
L.I.M.E. is more than a Seventh Hour spinoff – it’s actually a nod to the acts that pushed the guys to play in the first place.
“I think the original stuff is sort of a conglomeration of stuff we’ve been listening to in Aspen for years,” Boneau said. “I’ve been here 13 years now, and the music scene was great when I got here. The ’90s were fantastic. I saw so many great, different kinds of bands – we all did – and that’s where my music comes from.”
L.I.M.E. has nearly 20 originals under its belt already, more than enough for a full night of new music. The group has even spent some time in the recording studio – popularly known as Steve Skinner’s shed – as they work to create a “business card” for interested club owners.
“It’s just coming together like that,” Boneau says, with a snap of his fingers.
The tough part, he says, is finding an audience.
“It’s hard, being in a new band,” Boneau said. “This is a brand-new name, even though these other three bands have been around awhile.
“You have to build a fan base, too,” he continued. “You have to get all those people back to come see you again – you need to get them to come out and see the new thing.
“It’s always a struggle, an uphill battle all the time, but we really like this band.”
L.I.M.E. is on the lookout for a regular gig, which has created another battle for the band. Both Likewise and Seventh Hour enjoyed regular concerts around the valley – in fact, Likewise used to rock the Grottos about three times a week – but music venues are hard to come by these days.
Now that the Grottos and the Double Diamond are gone, L.I.M.E. hopes to inject a little juice into the local music scene. The group is looking into gigs at Cabo’s and the Ute City Bar and Grill, as well as repeat performances downvalley.
“It seems like the whole scene has died, but we have to give it another go,” Boneau said. “I hope that people rally around something, and we hope to be part of it.”
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