Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Limp Bizkit Keeping It Real

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Limp Bizkit Keeping It Real

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An album name is just, well an album name. Sometimes, that is.

For members of Jacksonville's Limp Bizkit, the title of their

debut album, which is set to hit the shelves on Tuesday, pretty

much sums up how they feel about the rock scene.

"The industry in general is just fake," said lead singer Fred

Durst. "A lot of bands out nowadays are just doing the corporate

thing, that's why we called the album what we did because it's

phony. We try to make sure we keep it all real."

Which is no mean feat, especially for a band that landed a

record deal in its second year of existence. After all, nothing

swells the head like success.

Bizkit got its start in 1994, when Durst recruited bass player

Sam Rivers to join a band he was thinking of starting. Rivers

then recruited his cousin, John Otto, who was holding down the

drum chair in the avant-garde Matt Butler Quartet. Guitarist Wes

Borland followed, and the set was complete.

Meanwhile, the band was honing its sound, a volatile

metal/hip-hop mix that helped them build a local following when

they started playing out more than two years ago. Their first

gig at The Milk Bar's Green Room drew 50 people, then 100 for

their next appearance, and eventually, when they hit the main

stage, 500. The band got another break when Durst, a tattoo

artist, got the call to imprint members of metal band Korn.

Before long, Bizkit was opening Florida dates for the Deftones,

who had heard about the band from Korn members.

Despite the breaks, getting a deal still required a lot of

work. Not to mention a bit of promotional moxie.

"I would call up A&R [artists and repertoire] people at all

these different labels and pretend to be the band's manager,"

Durst said. "I would say something like, `I manage this great

band called Limp Bizkit, and they're going to be playing at such

and such a place, and you need to catch them. …

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