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The Lemon Twigs: 2017

The Lemon Twigs at WFUV

The Lemon Twigs at WFUV (photo by Dan Tuozzoli)


Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario of the Lemon Twigs have nearly always been in a band. Their first venture as grade school students was a cover band called MOTP, playing songs by My Chemical Romance and the Who.

But as the Lemon Twigs, Brian and Michael have ascended another realm entirely, releasing a critically acclaimed debut album called Do Hollywood. The ten-song collection seamlessly blends their affection for classic Sixties psychedelic rock, Seventies glam, catchy Beatlesque pop, and even Broadway show tunes. There are often multiple tempos and melodic shifts woven into one Lemon Twigs track—and it’s not surprising that the Long Island brothers revere experimental artists like Brian Wilson and David Bowie.

Brian and Michael, who are on the cusp of turning 18 and 20, recently visited FUV’s Studio A for a full-band session and talked about the invaluable influence of their parents, their meteoric rise, and the weird and wonderful ideas they have for a conceptual album.

[recorded: 2/21/17]