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Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1996 (1996)–present
Labels Universal Music
Limblifter Records
Members Ryan Dahle
Megan Bradfield
Gregory Macdonald
Eric Breitenbach
Past members Kurt Dahle
Ian Somers
Pat Steward
Brent Follett

Limblifter is a Canadian alternative rock group from Vancouver, formed in 1996.


The group was originally formed by brothers Ryan Dahle and Kurt Dahle, as a side project from their main band, Age of Electric, along with a third member, Ian Somers. Their self-titled 1996 album, recorded after a mere 10 practices,[1] spawned the Canadian Top 40 hits "Tinfoil", "Vicious" and "Screweditup", but the band was hindered by staff alterations at their label Mercury Records. The group subsequently went on hiatus when Age of Electric regrouped for their 1997 album Make a Pest a Pet.

When AOE subsequently broke up, however, Limblifter was revived as the Dahles' primary band, releasing Bellaclava in 2000. Although that release wasn't as successful commercially as Limblifter, the singles "Ariel vs. Lotus" and "Wake Up to the Sun" were popular on radio.

Kurt Dahle subsequently left the band in 2001 to concentrate on The New Pornographers. Ryan Dahle carried on with new members Megan Bradfield, Dave Patterson, drummer Brent Follett, and studio drummer Pat Steward, releasing I/O in 2004.

Bradfield, Steward and Dahle have all gone on to work with Matthew Good, with Steward becoming Good's new drummer for his subsequent solo career after his band, the Matthew Good Band, became defunct.

Limblifter announced in 2013 that they were working on a fourth album.[2] Pacific Milk was released on April 7, 2015.[3]



  • Limblifter (1996, 2012 remaster)
  • Bellaclava (2000)
  • I/O (2004)
  • Pacific Milk (2015)


Year Song Chart peak Album

1996 "Screwed It Up" 69 14 Limblifter
2000 "Ariel vs. Lotus" 13 Bellaclava
"Wake Up to the Sun" 15
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

  • Perfect Day To Disappear (2005)
  • Wake Up To The Sun
  • Cordova
  • Vicious
  • On The Moon
  • Ariel Vs Lotus
  • Tinfoil


  1. ^ "Limblifter Biography". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
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  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 

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