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Background information
Origin Orange County, California, United States
Genres Alternative country, Americana, pop punk
Years active 1999–2010
Labels Doghouse, Utility Records, Bearhouse Records
Associated acts The Young Dudes, Source Victoria, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades, Tommy Stinson, Steel Train, Home Grown, The Format, Fun, Hellogoodbye
Members Robb MacLean
Patrick Carrie
Justin Entsminger
Jon Phillip
Past members Matthew Stephens
Cy Scott
Tom Moser
Mike Seretan

Limbeck was an alternative country band, with pop-punk roots, hailing from Orange County, California.


Originating in Laguna Niguel, California,[1] Limbeck featured Robb MacLean on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Carrie guitar and backing vocals, Justin Entsminger on bass, and Jon Phillip, who replaced Matthew Stephens on drums in 2005.[2] The band's name comes from the (misspelled) name of a character on the television show Charles in Charge, Buddy Lembeck.[3] The group claimed to be influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Wilco, The Beach Boys, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Beck, ELO, Big Star, Queen, The Replacements, The Beatles, Old 97's and The Flying Burrito Brothers.[citation needed]

While classified as indie rock due to their relatively small niche in Southern California, the band's musical style has also been described as alternative country music. Their style has been likened to that of Old 97's, Ryan Adams, and Teenage Fanclub.[4] Their original sound was very power pop and emo inspired, as heard in their early releases, including This Chapter Is Called Titles. Slowly, the band became more and more alt. country influenced and changed their sound almost entirely with their release of Hi, Everything's Great. By the end of their time as a band, Limbeck had all but abandoned their early songs, rarely playing this material live, if ever.

The band titled the 2005 album Let Me Come Home in part as a reaction to critics frequently saying that the previous album, Hi, Everything's Great, was a "road-trip album".[5]

The band has discussed the influence of their lengthy tours upon their music. Limbeck has toured the US several times, including as opening act for The All-American Rejects in 2003.[6] Geography plays a role in the band's recordings: several songs name interstate highways known to Orange County and San Diego County residents, such as I-8, CA-22, and I-15.

In 2000, the band was featured in an iMac commercial.[7] The commercial featured the iMac video editing software in which the band created a music video under the name Garage Monkeys.

As of December 2010, Limbeck has unofficially disbanded according to a string of comments posted on their Twitter page. Each of the members has since moved on to other projects: Carrie & MacLean are still in Southern California, where they've started a new group called The Young Dudes; Entsminger is playing bass for Source Victoria in Phoenix, Arizona; and Jon Phillip relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he started a record label called Good Land Records, but moved to Nashville, TN in 2015. In 2011, Jonny joined Milwaukee, WI band Trapper Schoepp & The Shades, but left the band in late 2014. JP is currently attending school to become a substance abuse counselor, does studio recording, and plays drums for Josh Berwanger of the Anniversary.

In December 2012, Limbeck reunited for the "Holidaze with Limbeck" tour. The tour included three shows in California and a show in Phoenix, Arizona. Reubens Accomplice and Trapper Schoepp and The Shades opened the shows. On March 4th, 2016, Limbeck played Phoenix, AZ at the Rebel Lounge to celebrate 15 years of doing shows with Psycho Steve.


Studio albums[edit]



  • Hey, Everything's Fine. (2004)
  • The Delicacy of Living Modestly (2008)


  • "Julia"
  • "People Don't Change"
  • "The State" - iTunes exclusive digital single
  • "Big Drag" (2007), Doghouse - b/w "Home (Is Where the Van Is)", "Let's Talk About the Weather"
  • "Let Me Come Home" (2008)


  • A Tribute to Tom Petty: Pacific Ridge Record's Heroes of Classic Rock - "The Apartment Song"
  • Sound Relief Volume One: From CA to NYC - "Why Don't You Just Leave Already? (Dance Remix)"
  • We're Not Generation X (out of print)
  • Sound Relief Volume One: From CA to NYC - "Why Don't You Just Leave Already? (Dance Remix)"
  • Doghouse 100 - "Don't Turn Around, She's Not Worth It"
  • ¡Policia! - A Tribute to the Police - "So Lonely"
  • Paupers, Peasants, Princes & Kings: The Songs of Bob Dylan - "Tonight, I'll Be Staying Here With You"


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