Wed Jul 24 2024

7:00 PM Doors

The Magic Bag

22920 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, MI 48220

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​Following the release of Everything Harmony, which garnered acclaim from Questlove, Iggy Pop, Anthony Fantano, The Guardian, and countless others, The Lemon Twigs—the New York City rock band fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario—have once again captured the attention of the music listening public. They are in their premature "comeback" stage, and coming back this early has its benefits; the brothers have the energy of 24- and 26- year-olds, plus the experience and songwriting chops of seasoned musicians, having recorded their first album, Do Hollywood, nearly a decade ago at ages 15 and 17. Set for release less than a year after their last album, A Dream Is All We Know is a joyous affair. As the title suggests, it's less of a sober look at the darker side of life, and more a hopeful sojourn into the realm of dreams. The tone has shifted away from dreary melancholic ballads and moody power pop. Brian and Michael are revisiting their "1968" sound. This album feels closely related to Do Hollywood, but their songwriting and recording techniques have vastly improved over the course of five albums. The brothers combine elements of the Merseybeat sound, the California Beach Boy harmony sound, and Bubblegum to create a unique collection of pop nuggets. (They say it's part of a new "Merseybeach" movement, sure to catch on, though that fact remains to be seen.) The sense of urgency imbued in lead single "My Golden Years" comes in part from the jangly 12-string guitars and driving drums, but also from the anxiety of a narrator who can feel their "golden years" slipping away from them. Michael's line, "In time I hope that I can show all the world the love in my mind," can serve as a statement of intent for the whole collection of songs, as the brothers race against time to create as much quality pop material as possible. "They Don't Know How To Fall In Place" propels the album forward into bubblegum paradise with its euphoric harmonies and biting clavinet, while the Roy Wood inspired "Church Bells" takes you on a journey in its two-minute and nine-second run time. At every turn you're introduced to a new instrument, and as Michael sings "ring goes the bell," the drummer switches to the bell of the ride cymbal and the song reveals itself as a pop tone poem, complete with cellos, mandolin and trumpets, all played by Brian. Not to mention the fun Mersey pun, using famous drummer Ringo's name in a song that conflates images of the west side of Manhattan with the atmosphere of northern England. Next comes the titular "A Dream Is All I Know," an existential space age epic, followed by the baroque pocket-prog of "Sweet Vibration." Equipped with the songwriting chops of a lost era (somewhere between The Brill Building and 10452 Bellagio Road) the new record was carefully arranged and produced entirely analog in the brothers' Brooklyn recording studio. Most of the tracks were constructed with the two brothers swapping instruments and layering all the parts themselves. One of the exceptions to that rule was "In The Eyes Of The Girl," co-produced by Sean Ono Lennon in his upstate New York studio, which had the brothers tracking drums and piano while Lennon handled bass duties. On top of that, the brothers add multilayered harmonies that bring to mind The Beach Boys, The Four Freshman, and The Free Design.

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Magic Bag Presents: The Lemon Twigs with Henry Walters

  • The Lemon Twigs

    The Lemon Twigs

    Alternative Rock

    On Everything Harmony, the fourth full-length studio release from New York's The Lemon Twigs, the prodigiously talented brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario offer 13 original servings of beauty that showcase an emotional depth and musical sophistication far beyond their years as a band, let alone as young men. While they eagerly devour musical influences from everything and everywhere, they have somehow arrived at a cohesive and dynamic sound that speaks to our troubled times.

    Having bounded onto the music scene with their precocious 2016 debut Do Hollywood, they threw caution to the wind two years later on their followup Go to School. By the time of their third album, Songs for the General Public (2020) The Lemon Twigs had begun to pull from a wide range of multigenerational inspirations, expertly darting from twee chamber pop balladry to full on glam punk, mixing plaintive singer-songwriter confessionals with an almost Syd Barrett sense of outré pop. In an interview from the time, they expressed an interest in creating "something really beautiful sounding" based on vocal harmonies and developing their combined melodic sensibilities into a setting where "the sounds were as important as the songs" themselves.

    On Everything Harmony, the brothers have fully realized that vision, with a unified "Lemon Twigs sound" that successfully blends their distinct personalities while giving voice to their diverse and eclectic influences. Opening the album with the unassuming acoustic folk of plaintive "When Winter Comes Around," which echoes the sophisticated grandeur of classic Simon & Garfunkel recordings, they immediately switch things up to the sunny classic pop motif of "In My Head." From that point on Everything Harmony makes it clear that the Lemon Twigs can't be pinned down.

    Having recently worked with friends like Natalie Mering, with whom they appeared on the latest Weyes Blood album, they also collaborated with classic rock hero Todd Rundgren on his most recent album, Space Force. Rundgren, himself no stranger to eclecticism, says he can relate to their time-tripping approach to contemporary pop.

    "They started when they were five and six years old, doing TV and Broadway and things like that," says Rundgren. "So, they have built-in appreciation for music that is of a couple of generations before theirs. I think they were bored by the music of their own generation, and since you can't fast forward to the music of the future, you just start going backwards to music that was made before you were born. I can empathize with that impulse, because I did that too, back in the seventies."

    Released as the album teaser track, "Corner of My Eye" channels an Art Garfunkel-like vocal melody over a moody, vibraphone-tinged backing track suggesting the chamber pop of Brian Wilson.

    Everything Harmony was mostly written and recorded between 2020 and 2021, when tracking for the album began at a "very chaotic" rehearsal studio in Manhattan.

    "It was one of the noisiest places I've ever been," says Brian. "We did takes of acoustic guitar in between metal bands rehearsing next door and fire engines roaring down 8th Avenue. After months of sessions there, where we recorded the basic tracks to 'Corner Of My Eye', 'In My Head,' 'I Don't Belong To Me,' 'What Happens To A Heart,' 'Ghost Run Free,' and 'New To Me,' we decided enough was enough and we looked into studios that had acoustic echo chambers after hearing East West's chambers during the recording of Weyes Blood's latest record."

    They finally got out of town, but instead of 'doing Hollywood' again, they took the tapes to San Francisco's Hyde Street Studios where they added the album's omnipresent vibraphone textures, harpsichord, French horn, strings, and many layers of vocal harmonies. To finish up, they flew home to their brand new studio in Brooklyn to finish mixing and mastering with the help of Paul Millar of Bug Sound.

    Brian D'Addario notes the influence of two late lamented artists in particular this time; Moondog, and Arthur Russell whose album Iowa Dream encouraged them to lean into their own melodic tendencies and keep the arrangements delicate.

    "Their arrangements entered my head when we were arranging the strings on the album," says Brian, "and we worked for a long time on our vocal blend. On previous records, whoever wrote the song might do most, if not all, of the harmonies on their track but not so much on this one. Our blend is a strength that we tried to exploit as much as possible."

    While they had no grand concept for Everything Harmony, both the D'Addarios felt a "palpable mood of defeat" prevailed while writing and recording it. "New To Me" was inspired by their shared experience with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's, "What You Were Doing" is dressed in the tortured jangle of vintage Big Star, while "Born To Be Lonely," written after watching John Cassavetes' Opening Night, deals with what Brian calls "the fragility that often comes with age."

    "The album cycles through moments of depression and isolation on songs like 'What Happens To A Heart,' or 'Born To Be Lonely' to episodes of dizzying euphoria in 'Ghost Run Free' or the title track. There's very little middle ground. On 'What Happens to A Heart' we were going for a 70's Spector vibe, along the lines of Leonard Cohen's Death Of A Ladies Man. We tracked it with me on piano, Daryl Johns on electric bass and Michael and Andres Valbuena both playing drums. I overdubbed a fretless bass. Two pianos, two organs, harpsichord, and celeste. The basic track was done in New York, and strings and French horn recorded in San Francisco. We got the Friction Quartet to overdub themselves about 8 times to get a more symphonic sound. We also recorded about 8 acoustics and bounced them down to two tracks; we did the same with the electric guitars."

    Everything Harmony is a unified song cycle born of shared blood and common purpose. With two musical heads being better than one, there's no shortage of ideas to draw on. Their only impediments are time and the challenge of keeping up with their own prolific musical inspiration.

    "We share an intuition and tend to be influenced by one another," says Brian, "so the lyrical ideas on this record tend to complement each other. Writing has never been the issue for us. It's completing, editing and compiling that takes the time. We're trapped in a web of songs!"

  • Henry Walters

    Henry Walters

    Indie Rock

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Magic Bag Presents: The Lemon Twigs with Henry Walters

Wed Jul 24 2024 7:00 PM Doors

The Magic Bag Ferndale MI
Magic Bag Presents: The Lemon Twigs with Henry Walters

$25.00 All Ages

​Following the release of Everything Harmony, which garnered acclaim from Questlove, Iggy Pop, Anthony Fantano, The Guardian, and countless others, The Lemon Twigs—the New York City rock band fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario—have once again captured the attention of the music listening public. They are in their premature "comeback" stage, and coming back this early has its benefits; the brothers have the energy of 24- and 26- year-olds, plus the experience and songwriting chops of seasoned musicians, having recorded their first album, Do Hollywood, nearly a decade ago at ages 15 and 17. Set for release less than a year after their last album, A Dream Is All We Know is a joyous affair. As the title suggests, it's less of a sober look at the darker side of life, and more a hopeful sojourn into the realm of dreams. The tone has shifted away from dreary melancholic ballads and moody power pop. Brian and Michael are revisiting their "1968" sound. This album feels closely related to Do Hollywood, but their songwriting and recording techniques have vastly improved over the course of five albums. The brothers combine elements of the Merseybeat sound, the California Beach Boy harmony sound, and Bubblegum to create a unique collection of pop nuggets. (They say it's part of a new "Merseybeach" movement, sure to catch on, though that fact remains to be seen.) The sense of urgency imbued in lead single "My Golden Years" comes in part from the jangly 12-string guitars and driving drums, but also from the anxiety of a narrator who can feel their "golden years" slipping away from them. Michael's line, "In time I hope that I can show all the world the love in my mind," can serve as a statement of intent for the whole collection of songs, as the brothers race against time to create as much quality pop material as possible. "They Don't Know How To Fall In Place" propels the album forward into bubblegum paradise with its euphoric harmonies and biting clavinet, while the Roy Wood inspired "Church Bells" takes you on a journey in its two-minute and nine-second run time. At every turn you're introduced to a new instrument, and as Michael sings "ring goes the bell," the drummer switches to the bell of the ride cymbal and the song reveals itself as a pop tone poem, complete with cellos, mandolin and trumpets, all played by Brian. Not to mention the fun Mersey pun, using famous drummer Ringo's name in a song that conflates images of the west side of Manhattan with the atmosphere of northern England. Next comes the titular "A Dream Is All I Know," an existential space age epic, followed by the baroque pocket-prog of "Sweet Vibration." Equipped with the songwriting chops of a lost era (somewhere between The Brill Building and 10452 Bellagio Road) the new record was carefully arranged and produced entirely analog in the brothers' Brooklyn recording studio. Most of the tracks were constructed with the two brothers swapping instruments and layering all the parts themselves. One of the exceptions to that rule was "In The Eyes Of The Girl," co-produced by Sean Ono Lennon in his upstate New York studio, which had the brothers tracking drums and piano while Lennon handled bass duties. On top of that, the brothers add multilayered harmonies that bring to mind The Beach Boys, The Four Freshman, and The Free Design.

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