The Lemon Twigs @ Hare & Hounds, BM

“These words, these words, mean nothing to my soul”

They’re from Long Island, NY and they have waists that must make shopping for trousers extremely difficult. I remember seeing Jimmy Pages slacks in the V&A museum and thinking the same thing. Perhaps one day Brian D’Addario’s stripey flares will be hanging in a rock n’roll hall of fame somewhere in New York attracting glances from fans all over the world. In the future when seasoned fans have listened to their debut album ‘Do Hollywood’ time and time again, and new converts have heard ‘These Words’ so many times growing up that it’s ingrained in their DNA. Because, believe me, this album will last the test of time. And, just like Biann and Mike grew up listening to musical legends from across the decades, future musicians will look to them for inspiration.

What is it that makes them so great? Marty! we have to go back to the future to answer that one… get ready for some strained musical analysis from a complete layman. Ready? 1…2….3….4…. I think, non-standard time signatures play a big part in creating their sound. Or at least the transitions between tempos, the fast about-turns and graceful retardation into something completely different – the very stylistic pulse that makes it so bloody hard to dance to for more than a minute before realizing you missed a beat. I think you need music running through your veins to pull off these arrangements. Acrobatic song writing that never once stumbles and face plants the mat. It’s this, foremost, that elevates a song above just a catchy riff and a harmonious melody.

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Between songs the siblings trade passive aggressive remarks. They sometimes sound a bit like the ninja turtles arguing over a slice of pizza – ‘Hey Mikey! You’ve already had two slices..what’s the next song again?’
I would say they were in need of a few extra slices of pizza, but I too was an undernourished lad at that age (17 and 19) with atrophied arms and straws for legs. A very desirable body type for people wanting to wear vintage t-shirts and have hair like an extra from Austin Powers. I would’ve fitted right in with The Lemon Twigs.

What else makes them great? Bear with me on this one… something about them is off-kilter, alien almost, and you know what that means. It means you can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. It’s like they’ve burst out of Jim Henson’s workshop and onto the stage and if you look away you just might miss that miracle.
The duos youth and physicality really pumps you up during the set – Mike was literally kicking the roof and letting the plaster fall around him. When you get that kind of display it becomes your duty to follow suit (by slightly speeding up your wiggle)

Go and see The Lemon Twigs now, before they leave you behind…

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