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The D’Addario brothers will return this Autumn with their third Lemon Twigs album, Songs For The General Public” written, recorded and produced by the D’Addario’s at their home studio in Long Island, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and Electric Lady in New York City.

The prodigiously-talented brothers first emerged as The Lemon Twigs in 2016 with their debut LP Do Hollywood, whose show stopping melodies mined from every era of rock quickly earned fans in Elton John, Questlove, and Jack Antonoff.  Go To School, the ambitious 15-track coming-of-age opus, followed in 2018 and solidified the band’s reputation for building grand walls of sound around an audacious concept.

The D’Addario brothers return with their third Lemon Twigs album, written, recorded and produced by the D’Addarios at their home studio in Long Island, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and Electric Lady in New York City. Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario wrote that they would begin work on an additional record “to try and make it up” to fans. The album was originally scheduled for a May 1st release. “It’s with even greater disappointment that we move our record release date to August 21st. They say good things come to those who wait, and even better things come to those who wait longer. And then they tell you not to procrastinate. What kind of sense does that make? To try and make it up to you, we’re hard at work on another record.

“In times of global turmoil, I find it comforting to recall something the late great Abraham Lincoln once said. After that, I like to take a large ice cube out from the freezer and suck on it for a couple of minutes.”

The label just announced this limited translucent red vinyl edition of “Songs For The General Public”, the third album from The Lemon Twigs, out 21st August.

Band Members:
Brian D’Addario,
Michael D’Addario

The 12-track album will also be released on standard black vinyl, while the first 100 vinyl pre-orders made through the 4AD records Store will receive a limited-edition signed print

The Lemon Twigs - Songs For The General Public

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The Lemon Twigs seem to be a band whose bodies are in 2017 but their hearts and minds seem happiest in the past. BrianandMichel D’Addario lead the group and are joined by Danny Ayala (keyboard) and Megan Zeankowski (bass). In every feature and article written about The Lemon Twigs there is that consensus: they are certainly a little odd. Modern music, and music in past years, seems too safe, sanitised and predictable in many ways. The introduction of the quirky and quixotic band, a duo in the studio but band when playing live, is a breath of fresh air to the Green Room of music – a band that evoke blissful memories and extract a deep-down sensual sigh from the listener. Comparisons have been made with the band and two legendary names: The Beatles and Beach Boys.

The harmonies and 1960s Pop magic of the Liverpool legends and sun-kissed harmonies of Brian Wilson and co. are staples The Lemon Twigs employ – they update the music of both and provide their distinct spin on events.

Photographs of the brothers D’Addario, in some, evoke cynicism and strange remarks. One sees shots of them and gets a combination of hipster-gone-wrong and Billie-Ray-Cyrus-fed-through-a-blender-of last-minute-shopping-mall-clothes-shopping – the unmistakable whiff of mullet into the agenda. The boys’ talent is astonishing, though: considering they are still in their teens it makes their mature, accomplished and astonishingly ambitious music all the more unlikely and unparalleled. In a music world where similar-aged musicians, for the most part, write of indiscretions, love lives and anxieties: The Lemon Twigs are a much more sophisticated, glass-half-full kind of proposition.

All of these components go into the band’s music: you cannot hear one of their songs and be uninvolved or not register any reaction. The D’Addarios dad released some albums in the late-1970s and his musical talent, throw in the fact he was a multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire, has been passed onto his sons – a genetic gift that beats diabetes or a receding hairline. The debut album from The Lemon Twigs, “Do Hollywood”, was met with critical acclaim with many saying the same thing: not only is there nobody out there like The Lemon Twigs but the sheer wonder, intensity and talent or display is audacious. Their best work may be ahead of them but there are not many debuts that are as transfixing, beguiling and nuanced as their debut release “Do Hollywood”. I have mentioned The Lemon Twigs being a ‘band’ but they are more a duo, to be honest. Most of the instrumental chores were handled by the D’AddariosBrian plays, among other instruments, drums, guitar horns; strings and keys whilst Michael – such a completely amateur dunce! – ‘only’ plays guitar, bass; keys and drums. Both of the boys took up performance at school – Brian at elementary school; Michael from the age of thirteen . – and that all goes into The Lemon Twigs’ debut. There is never any bragging or ego-trip on display: every song is lovingly-crafted and possessed of soul and attention. If some albums tracks recall other acts – The Kinks on Those Days Is Coming Soon and Pink Floyd on Haroomata – the band’s most-famous duo of songs bring in the McCartney – Beach Boys dichotomy – the former’s Wings incarnation of I Wanna Prove to You and Beach Boys’ bliss on These Words.

It is worth noting how their debut album is a homemade, D.I.Y. work that should inspire many upcoming musicians. You do not need a well-stocked, gaudy studio (and all its tinsel and multi-track recorders) to produce something sumptuous, professional and world-class. There is some background chatter and ad-libs which give the L.P. an authenticity and relatable feel. Even if the songs seem born of superhumans and prodigious musicians; the snippets of chatter and tape-hiss brings it right down to Earth. The Lemon Twigs  “Do Hollywood’s” mixed influences – some reviewers brought in names like Ramones and Supertramp – means their music is sumptuous and beautiful one moment; edgy, attitude-laden and spiked when needed. Few other artists can achieve those polemics and make them sound so natural and unforced.

At the time the boys claimed they’re “…just a couple of bozos from Long Island”. The guys have no interest in the city and all its life: where they live, about forty-five minutes outside of New York, is a lot less eventful and exciting than you’d imagine. They are not only brilliant musicians but modest and grounded. The brothers lust after California and its sun, sea and beauty – seemingly much more conducive to their brand of Beach Boys-inspired sounds. One wonders whether the calm and contemplativeness of their N.Y. base have resulted in focus, quiet and calm; allowed them to create the music heard on Do Hollywood. Would California, and all its allure, charm and distractions lead to less inspired and sensational music (something more ordinary and predictable?). The album itself was recorded in California – if its words and origins sit in New York – but the guys had their upbringing and parents’ record collection to thank. Raised on a combination of “the greats”, including The Beatles and Beach Boys, it is small wonder they were bitten by the music bug. As Brian stated:

“It all goes back to that for us. But when we write, we’re not trying to emulate those things – it’s just our idea of what a song should be is based on the principles set in those decades”

Brian’s heroes included Pete Townshend and Procul Harum Brian distills it thus: “It seems that popular music has become simpler over time”

That is a sentiment shared by Michael who claims music of the ‘60s and ‘70s was more complex and challenging: today’s standards are lower but that, as stated, is not always a bad thing. Michael went out to reason modern classics like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, in addition to its quality and political themes, stand out because the music around it is so simple and, compared with previous decades, unsophisticated. That might raise eyebrows with some but it is hard to argue against that assumption.

The Lemon Twigs, therefore, are keen to bring music forward by bringing in the past. Whether it is reverse-evolution – or tribute to their heroes – you just know the kind of music that was playing around the time Do Hollywood was written.

The demand is out there and extends across three continents. Few bands manage to accrue that kind of adulation and popularity after their debut album. To some, The Lemon Twigs are an oddity of Ziggy Stardust proportions; to others, they are an acquired taste. For those who listen carefully and share common bonds – the love of legendary harmony-makers, Beach Boys and the peerless Pop instancy of The Beatles – you find so much to fall in love with. One blast of These Words’ chorus or I Wanna Prove to You and its man-from-another-era peculiarity and you are hooked and helpless.

What I do know is the brilliant mind;s of Brian and Michel D’Addario seem perfect for journalistic craniology . It may seem condescending to say such a thing but the Americans are in a league of their own: a luxuriant, heart-warming sound that will see The Lemon Twigs

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The Lemon Twigs have been kicking around for a few years now and have made themselves one of the best knowingly retro bands to watch. Their sound is immediately recognisable yet hard to pinpoint, likely because it draws from a smorgasbord of 70s influences. The touchstone is power pop, but the Twigs throw large dollops of glam and art rock into the mix, as well as a sense of Broadway-style bombast. Their songs often play like mini-symphonies, throwing in various musical styles and sections within the confines of a pop-length number.

With latest singles The One and now Moon released, the Twigs look to be stripping down their sound and focusing on one genre at once. Thankfully they’ve always had a great ear for a tune, so this is no complaint.

Moonis a brilliant rock and roll number driven by harmonica and piano, sounding like the bastard offspring of David Bowie and Billy Joel. With its raucous, singalong chorus and harmonised vocals, this is a bombastic pop rock number that isn’t afraid to wear its cheesy heart on its sleeve.

This is a must if you’re a fan of any and all 70s rock. If this is anything to go by, their latest album Songs for the General Public(Due out August 21st) should be a cult hit.

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The Lemon Twigs have shared a new song called ‘Moon’ – from upcoming album ‘Songs For The General Public’ to be released August 21st .The Long Island duo, brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, announced their upcoming third album ‘Songs For The General Public’ in March. Initially set for release on May 1st via 4AD Records.

Following on from their previous single ‘The One’, The Lemon Twigs the classic-sounding ‘Moon’. Opening with harmonica, the four-minute cut contains hints of Bruce Springsteen and features euphoric bursts of saxophone. Meanwhile, the D’Addarios Brothers shared a surprise live album to raise money for-charity Titled ‘LIVE’, the collection was made available exclusively to stream and download on Bandcamp site.

“I have always found it difficult to wrangle my imagination into one idea,” says Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs. “But at times I’ve felt like it’s necessary, because if Brian and I really let loose, our tastes are so broad that our music will be unidentifiable.”

Indeed, it’s almost frightening to consider what might happen if Michael and his older brother Brian ever “really let loose,” given that The Lemon Twigs’ first two albums (2016’s Do Hollywood and 2018’s Go to School) were both loaded to bursting with freakishly encyclopedic arrays of classic ’70s pop moves and theatrical flourishes. “Songs for the General Public”, the duo’s forthcoming third album, is possibly even broader in its musical scope—“Moon,” their latest single, could have fit comfortably on Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell, while “Hell on Wheels” sounds like Mott the Hoople with Ian Hunter really laying into a Bob Dylan imitation, “Live in Favour of Tomorrow” could be a Move outtake, and “Leather Together” is a delightfully sleazy blast of lo-fi glam-punk—yet the songs are also more immediate and accessible than anything they’ve done before.

“We had so many songs,” says Brian, who shares a home studio with his brother at their parents’ house in Long Island, New York. “I think we worked on sixty songs here at the house, and I think they’re all eventually going to come out on various records. But at some point, we realized, ‘OK, we need to focus this in some way.’ We knew we wanted this one to have the most ‘instant’ songs, musically, and the most direct songs, lyrically.”

With the D’Addarios handling the bulk of the vocal, instrumental, mixing and production duties, Songs for the General Public was further buffed and refined at Sonora Recorders in LA (where Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado contributed additional production) and New York’s Electric Lady Studios. Originally due out this month, the album’s release was pushed back to August 21st because of the COVID-19 pandemic; rather than fret about this change in plans, the D’Addarios simply used their unexpected downtime to release The Lemon Twigs LIVE on Bandcamp, with all proceeds benefiting Coalition for the Homeless. Recorded during the Go to School tour, LIVE captures a rawer, wilder side of The Lemon Twigs, proving that they are far more than just studio-bound pop wizards. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

‘Moon’ by The Lemon Twigs from upcoming album ‘Songs For The General Public’, released August 21st.

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The Lemon Twigs “LIVE”:
Compiled from recordings of The Lemon Twigs’ live performances in late 2018, early 2019 on the “Go To School” tour, here is The Lemon Twigs LIVE. If you close your eyes while you listen, you’ll experience EXACTLY what it would be like to go to a Lemon Twigs show wearing a blindfold. This live record is so good. The brothers are a whole different beast live.
The album is available exclusively on bandcamp. All of the proceeds will go to Coalition for the Homeless, who are helping NYC’s most vulnerable during this trying time and have been since 1981. For more information on them go to their website: www.coalitionforthehomeless.org 

Recorded live to tape during shows in Pawtucket RI, Northampton MA, and Los Angeles CA.

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Brian: I really wanted to release it when we first got off the road, but I don’t know if our label was that interested. But yeah, I’m happy with it. It was such a weird time after we released Go to School. I felt we should come off of an album like that by getting some string players together and trying to do this orchestral/theatrical thing. And Michael’s headspace was really not there; he wanted to do the opposite of that album, practically. And we had these musicians with us that were so great, who came from the jazz world. It ended up being a lot of jamming, which I never expected to do in my life—a lot more soloing than I ever thought I would want to do. [Laughs.] It’s cool to look back on, even though it was relatively recently. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to get that side of us across on a studio record; and when we do tour for this record, I think it will be a lot different than how we sounded on that tour.

Michael: We recorded it on a little cassette machine; we didn’t know if we were going to put it out with our label or if we’d slip it out like a bootleg, but we wanted to make it something interesting, not just put out a live album that’s really boring. The live albums that are cool are the ones where they completely transform the songs, or the ones where they just talk—or maybe they do the songs really intimately. And this gave us the opportunity to document that period. It was very intense to do that kind of stuff every night; it was hard work, and I really wanted a snapshot of it. Because I don’t know if I always want to be that intense, you know what I mean?

The Group:
Brian D’Addario – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Michael D’Addario -guitar, vocals
Tommaso Taddonio – keyboards
Daryl Johns – bass, vocals
Andres Valbuena – drums, vocals

Released April 29th, 2020

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The Lemon Twigs return with their third album,“Songs For The General Public”on 1st May! First single ‘The One’ is available, alongside a hilarious video directed by Michael Hili featuring brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario on the campaign trail for ‘The One’ that could easily have been the opening credits for a mid-70’s off beat comedy series.

The Lemon Twigs arrived in 2016 with their debut LP “Do Hollywood” which featured melodies mined from every era of rock and quickly earned the D’Addario brothers fans in Elton John, Questlove, and Jack Antonoff.  Sophomore album “Go To School”, was an ambitious 15-track coming-of-age opus, followed in 2018 and solidified the band’s reputation for building grand walls of sound around an audacious concept.

Sam France of Foxygen writes, “The Twigs are legends – teen sensations, k pop stars, Brother Lovers, Twiggy Cola Lite. Their songs exist as cultural freebase. Cocaine, water, baking soda, and DNA. (o.k. )
While the White Smile Face People appoint Garage Girl, Digital Bass Face or Shitbag Boy as the new FreakoftheWeek, the Twigs have lived 26 cat lives from here to japan making real life bonafide Humans rejoice in the pagan art of Magick Pop Freebase. There are millions of fans, You see; the twigz are more Popular than You, they are Greater than Your Favourite Band, they are a phenomenon.” (not sure what Sam France was on when writing this, but I’d like some although the sentiment is definitely right – ed)

Band Members
Brian D’Addario,Michael D’Addario

‘The One’ by The Lemon Twigs from upcoming album ‘Songs For The General Public’, released May 1st

The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs have never been the most straight-forward of bands. This brotherly duo seem capable of slicing and dicing bejewelled melodies into extravagant shapes, producing something innately familiar but also unerringly strange.

Their latest album ‘Go To School’ was released last August , and it finds the D’Addario brothers filling their lungs with air and moving into fresh pastures.

‘The Fire’ is a six minute mini-epic, one that recalls everyone from Jonathan Richman to The Band, the off kilter lyricism of Pavement to the extravagant power pop missiles of Todd Rundgren. “Well, we’ll see who’s the big joke,” they growl, pushing urgently against every single barrier – both mental and physical – in their way.

The Lemon Twigs performing “The Fire” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded January 29th, 2019. “The Fire, The Fire, The Fire. It’s about the fire that happens in the school, which is sort of like an attack; I don’t think that the kid knows that it’s going to kill as many people, he wants to make a statement, and he then it like happens in the story. It’s like one of the emotional turning points in the story, so this is what happens after he turn, what he decided to do.”.

‘The Fire’ from The Lemon Twigs‘ new album, ‘Go To School’,

Brothers of Destruction

The Lemon Twigs album “Brothers of Destruction”, is a six-track EP of previously unreleased material.

Released 22nd September, Brothers of Destruction was written and recorded by the D’Addario brothers – Brian (20) and Michael (18) – on their 8-track at home in New York during 2015, not long after recording their debut album, Do Hollywood.  The half dozen songs, most of which already feature in The Lemon Twigs’ searing live shows, will be made available digitally and as a 12” vinyl.

“In the beginning of 2015 we had songs left over from the Do Hollywood sessions, so we decided to record them at home in New York on our 8-track.  Many of you will recognize some of the songs from our live shows.  They’ve changed a lot over the past year, but these are the original versions.  We consider the EP the last chapter of the Do Hollywood era of our group. So enjoy!”

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The Lemon Twigs have released a video for “Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart,” off their most recent album Go To School, out now through 4AD. The video was directed by frontman Michael D’Addario, who also stars in the video, and Winston H. Case.

Go To School is a glam-inspired concept album about a chimpanzee raised as a human boy—no, seriously. That sort of free-wheeling fancy made the album one of the most effortlessly fun listens of the year, and “Never In My Arms” acts as the introduction to the world that the D’Addario brothers built for us.

It’s a bit jarring, then, that the video is so … depressing. That’s not to say it’s not fun, because it is, in a darkly ironic sort of way. But the story it tells is a far cry from the outlandish fantasy of a chimp in a human’s world. The video follows the trials and tribulations of a barfly couple and their (very publicly) dissolving relationship, It’s the sort of sad scene you might see unfolding at a local watering hole at 8 p.m. on a Wednesday.

“Brian and I played in a whole lot of Long Island bars growing up, and man, we met a lot of people like this,” Michael D’Addario says in a statement. “Sometimes the Long Island mothers would gossip and you’d hear a sad story like this one, and somebody would end up with a tattoo that said ‘Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart.’ A weekend in Hicksville.”

‘Never in My Arms, Always in My Heart‘ is taken from The Lemon Twigs‘ second album ‘Go to School’ out now on 4AD Records,

The Lemon Twigs will be touring throughout November, and will start up again in January of next year

 

The Lemon Twigs’ new album, Go To School, is now released on 14th September).

Go To School is a musical that tells the coming-of-age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy.  Conceived by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the 15-track opus was written, recorded, produced and mixed by the pair at their home in Long IslandTodd Rundgren and D’Addario’s mother Susan Hall play Shane’s parents, with further contributions on the album from Jody Stephens (Big Star) and their father Ronnie D’Addario.
The band will host a Reddit AMA today on the Indieheads sub, head here from 3:30pm EST to join in. They are also confirmed to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 4th

‘The Fire’ from The Lemon Twigs‘ new album, ‘Go To School’, out on 24th August.

“Brilliant. A glorious mix of cheerful pop innocence, vaudevillian musical theatre and progressive-rock complexity with a touch of punk attitude thrown in for good measure.”
– The Times (5/5)
“Cherish The Lemon Twigs because they are a rare proposition in today’s conformist pop culture.” – The Independent (4/5)
“Go To School is a blast, a joyous, ridiculous journey that treads a perfect line between silly, funny and heartbreaking.” – Uncut (8/10)
“A once-in-a-generation epic.” – The Line of Best Fit (9/10)
“A rich wall of sound, all intricately arranged orchestration and sublime, multi-layered harmonies, you’re left swooning to a gorgeous swoop of lush instrumentation.” – Q (4/5)
Brian and Michael D’Addario prove themselves capable of pulling off the preposterous.” Dork (5/5)
“Bright, fast-moving with pysch-pop” – Stereogum
“Playful, addictive” – Consequence of Sound
“A sunny, psych-neighboring tune… exhibits a sort of jangly, jumpy rock, its ties to The Beatles readily discernible” – Paste 

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