The Lemon Twigs

It’s once a year or less, that I (JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS, Editor-In-Chief) get really excited about a new band. We get so much stuff sent to us, and to be honest most of it goes in one ear and out the other, however good. Jacco Gardner… White Denim… Jonathan Wilson… Temples… Father John Misty… and Foxygen (more on them in a minute) have been bands I personally have championed… and now comes the incredibly intricate music of two teenage New York brothers THE LEMON TWIGS… who were discovered by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. We’ll feature the band properly very soon, but for now here’s their own biog and new video. Enjoy! I hope you love them as much as me. Talent this immense is rarely seen and heard


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Once or twice every generation, Long Island introduces the world to artists of such singular originality that they change the very nature of their art: Lou Reed; Jim Brown; Robert Mapplethorpe; Andy Kaufman. With their debut album for 4ADDo Hollywood, The Lemon Twigs have earned themselves a spot on that list. 

Fusing tightly constructed pop, sophisticated orchestration, and British invasion melodies into a 10song masterpiece, the D’Addario brothersBrian (19) and Michael (17)are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy.

Born into a musical family, Brian and Michael grew up on The Beach Boys and The Beatles, whose albums and films played constantly in their house. As toddlers, they were already harmonising on I Want To Hold Your Hand, and soon they were playing drums and mastering whatever instruments they could get their hands on. Ask about their childhood dreams and they’ll tell you that they never aspired to do anything but make music together. It shows. 

“Brian and Michael are two of the best musicians I’ve ever met,” says Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, who discovered the duo via Twitter and produced the new album. “As teenagers, they work like studio vets. Brian can play anything you hand him  he played all the strings and horns on the record  and Michael is the most captivating drummer I’ve ever seen. There’s nothing they can’t do.” 

Rado proved to be the perfect foil for the wunderkinds, and the resulting album brings together everything from Brian Wilson and David Bowie to Queen and The Association. Their music can soar like a carnival calliope and then swiftly drop down to its knees in the hushed tones of a confessional booth. Their vocals move seamlessly from a cabaret croon to classic lalala harmonies. They mine inspiration seemingly from every era of rock, stitching it all together into a baroquepop quilt of many colours

It’s an ambitious approach, to say the least, but the album lives up to the hype. They forthcoming album Do Hollywood opens, appropriately enough, with I Wanna Prove To You, which parades out of the gate like a circus arriving into to town. “I wanna prove to you what I can do, Brian sings as he and his brother proceed to do just that. Bouncing piano and dense harmonies give way to shifting time signatures and mindbending arrangements.It’s the perfect introduction to The Lemon Twigs, and to Do Hollywood, which features the brothers alternating writing credits on each track and liberally swapping instruments, just as they do in their electrifying live performances (they tour with live members Megan Zeankowski on bass and Danny Ayala on keyboards).

Lead single These Words builds from a delicate whisper to a rock and roll roar, while How Lucky Am I?’ tugs at the heartstrings, and As Long As We’re Together calls to mind the memorable melodies of Big Star and TRex. Perhaps no song demonstrates their brotherly democracy better than Hi+Lo, the track unfolding in movements like something off of Abbey Road’s Side B medley with Michael singing and playing guitar, drums, and bass, and Brian adding horns and strings to flesh out the orchestral atmosphere.

“We were crafting these songs pretty intricately,” Brian says. “There’s a lot of care in the arrangements. They’re built to get at people who like nice pop songs. But they’re not empty. We put a lot of ourselves into it and the album has a lot of substance.” It was that substance that caught the attention of the iconic 4AD label and has already earned the banddates with other critical darlings like Foxygen and Car Seat Headrest. With high profile tours and their label debut on the horizon, it’s only a matter of time until the rest of the world discovers Long Island’s next great cultural contribution. Get ready to Do Hollywood. It’s time to meet The Lemon Twigs. 

Together with friends Megan Zeankowski (bass) and Danny Ayala (keyboards), Brian and Michael will take The Lemon Twigs on the road, and they will play Shindig!‘s hometown London in a few weeks! We’ll be there.

September 22nd – LONDON, 4AD Revue @ ICA (w/ Methyl Ethel and Pixx 

Do Hollywoood is released on 4AD on October 14th

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Next Shindig! club night and radio show

On Aug 11th, Thomas Patterson and Paul Osborne will be manning the decks at Soho Radio with guest Barrie Cadogan (LITTLE BARRIE, PRIMAL SCREAM), who’ll be talking about his latest project COBRA LAMPS. On Aug 26th, Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills will take the music and vibe of the show to The Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End again, with guests Mole and Al from The Embrooks for another “casual club” of eclectic and at times wild vinyl. Please tune in and come to our night…. all of this expands and expounds what we do with the mag


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Shindig! Media Partners Lunar Festival

We are very happy to be media partners for Lunar, so please make sure you get to see The Zombies, Os Mutantes, Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Matt Berry & The Maypoles, Television and many more acts that inhabit the inner and outer realms of the Shindigverse this June!


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This summer Lunar Festival returns for its third year in the enchanting rural setting of Tanworth in Arden, resting place of Nick Drake and now home to this established magical odyssey which likes to do things just a little bit differently. Wondrous late night beats entwined with guitar driven sounds sit side by side with a mythical ethos stemming from spiritual exploration and edifying adventure. Lunar encapsulates a unique energy which pulsates from the stunning rural location in which it is set, a sublime weekend which merrily joins the dots across a soundscape of live artists and DJs. The festival features lots of fun and games for all the family, artisanal food and drink, boutique camping and much more across a glorious weekend.The beautiful Lunar Festival is proud to reveal this summer’s club action taking place with Late Night Sounds, set across an idyllic enchanting site in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside.

As soon as the sun starts to set over the magical Lunar site, a transformation takes place going from the guitar-driven sounds during of the day and evening, to a beats and bass soundscape across the enchanting site during the night and into the early hours.

Headliners include: Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Television, Badly Drawn Boy, The Zombies, Os Mutantes, Matt Berry and The Maypoles, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Ibibio Sound Machine, Bill Ryder Jones, Amber Arcades, Bangkok Paradise Molam International Band, Martin Carthy, Alessi’s Ark, The Mariachi’s, Josefin Orhn + The Liberation, Victories At Sea, Stick In The Wheel, Ashley Hutchings, Seeland, Table Scraps, Flamingods and The Good Water, Tales of HP Lovecraft, and DJs including Magic Door, Psychemagik’s Magik Forest, Leftfoot, Horse Meat Disco, Craig Charles, Swingamajig’s Speakeasy, This Is Tmrw, Modulate and more.

Across the weekend Lunar is working with some of the best UK club nights and DJs around, with some familiar names  returning and new faces making their debuts including Magic Door, Psychemagik’s Magik Forest, Leftfoot, Horse Meat Disco, Craig Charles, Swingamajig’s Speakeasy, This Is Tmrw, Modulate plus many more offering sublime party action spread across the weekend. Crossing the eclectic house, disco, funk, soul, electronic, broken beat and more spectrums, Lunar at night is a delightful bouncing odyssey with some amazing hosts to round off each night.

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The Senasteria is back. WIN a pair of tickets

Any midlanders with mop tops and paisley will remember this club well… and it’s back


 

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TICKETS £15 + B/FEE

The Sensateria is back! Following on from the biggest Sensateria to date back in December, we are pleased to announce it’ll be returning to Boxxed on 23rd April 2016.

In December, The Sensateria witnessed a seminal moment in the club’s 25 year history with a legendary performance by The Pretty Things. This time there’ll be another psychedelic heavyweight, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, who will be playing alongside local band, The Mothers Earth Experiment and, of course, The Sensateria DJs.

Once again, Innerstrings will be providing the visual delights, setting the tone for a wonderful trip delving into the world of The Sensateria

Tickets are on sale now and available from www.theticketsellers.co.uk

To win a pair of tickets, answer this simple question: What did Arthur Brown have in the night time?

Email: jon@shindig-magazine.com. Competition closes on April 20th

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The Small Faces Photo Exhibition

Amazing candid shots of THE SMALL FACES in their prime. To view. For Sale. 

MARK RAISON surveys the new photographic exhibition in the Snap Gallery


 

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Small Or Nothing is an exhibition curated by Snap Galleries of 100 Small Faces photographs launched to coincide with a new theatre production, All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical, based on the life and music of our miniature heroes.

The collection brings together well-known images and enough rare shots to keep both casual and obsessive fans happy. As the exhibition reemphasizes, The Small Faces were terrifically stylish and their sartorial elegance continues to inspire: madras jackets/tailored double-breasted coats; checked trousers/velvet flares; hush puppies/suede and leather chisel toes; polka-dotted button downs/penny collared silk shirts. There wasn’t a look these boys couldn’t pull off with aplomb.

They also, it appears, had an affinity with four-legged creatures as cats, dogs, horses, sheep and, of course, alligators on leads in rainy London streets crop up. The series of images on an overcast day stood in a field of sheep, inappropriately dressed and wearing what-are-we-doing-here expressions are wonderful but not typical. Sitting outside a shop with Steve Marriott making cheeky gestures at an old lady as she walks past more accurately captures their cor blimey charm.

Carol Harrison, who wrote All Or Nothing and attended the launch with members of the production along with Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie, explained part of the challenge in casting the band for the musical was not only finding four young boys who could play and act but were also the right height. The classic Small Faces line-up came together organically and shows how the best things happen quite naturally.

Small Or Nothing is at Snap Gallery, Piccadilly,W1, 11-24 March then showing at the All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical at the Vaults Theatre, Waterloo, SE1, 31 March-30 April. Prints cost £35. Theatre tickets from £20.

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