JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS goes it alone, meets The Lemon Twigs’ Michael and spins two hours of fab music
1. Soho Radio Intro
2. The Millennium ‘Prelude’
4. The Lemon Twigs ‘If You Give Enough’
5. Jonathan Richman ‘Modern World’
6. Doug Tuttle ‘Twilight’
7. The Magnificent Tape Band ‘Danger’
8. Paul Steel ‘Yeti Rock’
9. The Asteroid No. 4 ‘Weeping Willow’
10. Big Kizz ‘High’
11. Zuider Zee ‘Quite A While’
12. Renee Armand ‘England’
13. George Martin ‘Sea Of Monsters’
14. Steve Gillette ‘Back On The Street Again’
15. Daniel Gérard ’Sexologie’
16. The Electric Prunes ‘Are You Loving Me More But Enjoying It Less’
17. The Steve Miller Band ‘Dear Mary’
18. Twice As Much ‘The Spinning Wheel’
19. John Cameron ’Dawn – Billy Sees Kes In The Tower’
20. Buffalo Springfield ‘The Hour Of Not Quite Rain’
21. Buffalo Springfield ‘I Am A Child
22. Dewey Martin & Medicine Ball ‘Indian Child’
23. The Grateful Dead ‘Born Cross Eyed’
24. Dave Evans ‘City Road’
25. Todd Rundgren’s Utopia ‘Slut’
26. The Rayders ‘A Working Man’
27. The Mourning After ‘Long Ways Back’
28. One Eleven Heavy ‘Valley Bottom Fever’
29. Frankie & The Witchfingers ‘Tea’
30. Eden Ahbez ‘The Market Place’
31. Archie Shepp ‘Attica Blues’
32. Blodwyn Pig ‘Worry’
33. Rick Henn & Company ‘Drainpipe’
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
Once or twice everygeneration, Long Island introduces the world to artistsof such singular originality that they change the very nature of their art: Lou Reed; Jim Brown;Robert Mapplethorpe;Andy Kaufman.With their debut albumfor 4AD, Do Hollywood,The Lemon Twigs have earned themselves a spot on that list.
Fusing tightly constructed pop, sophisticated orchestration, and British invasion melodiesinto a 10–song masterpiece, the D’Addario brothers—Brian (19) and Michael(17)—are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy.
Born into a musical family, Brian and Michael grew upon TheBeach Boys and The Beatles, whose albums and filmsplayed constantlyin theirhouse. As toddlers, theywere already harmonising on ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’,and soonthey wereplaying drums and mastering whatever instrumentsthey could get their hands on. Askabout their childhood dreamsand they’ll tell you that they neveraspired to do anything but makemusic together. It shows.
“Brian and Michael aretwo of the best musicians I’ve ever met,” saysFoxygen’sJonathan Rado, who discovered the duo viaTwitter and produced the new album. “As teenagers, they worklike 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 provedto be the perfect foil for the wunderkinds, and the resulting album brings together everything from Brian Wilsonand David Bowie to Queen and The Association. Their musiccan soar like a carnival calliope and then swiftly drop down toits knees inthe hushedtones of a confessional booth. Their vocals move seamlessly from a cabaret croon to classic la–la–la harmonies. Theymine inspirationseemingly from everyera of rock, stitching it all together into a baroque–popquilt of many colours.
It’s an ambitiousapproach, 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 gatelike 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. Bouncingpiano and dense harmonies give way to shifting time signatures and mind–bending arrangements.It’s the perfect introduction toThe Lemon Twigs, and to Do Hollywood,which features the brothers alternatingwriting credits on each track and liberally swapping instruments,just as they do in their electrifying live performances(they tour with live membersMegan Zeankowski on bass and Danny Ayala on keyboards).
Lead single ‘These Words’builds from a delicate whisper to arock and roll roar, while ‘How Lucky Am I?’ tugs at the heartstrings, and ‘As Long As We’re Together’callsto mind the memorablemelodies of Big Star and T–Rex. Perhaps no song demonstrates their brotherly democracybetterthan ‘Hi+Lo’,the track unfoldingin movements like something off of Abbey Road’s Side B medleywithMichaelsinging and playing guitar, drums, and bass, and Brian addinghorns and stringsto flesh out the orchestral atmosphere.
“We werecraftingthese 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 itand 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 untilthe 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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