For every artist we decided to catch at SXSW, we decided to review each performance with our own version of “Five Ws and One H” answering the questions: 1) Who are they, 2) What kind of music do they play, 3) When did they play, 4) Where are they from, 5) Why did we decide to catch them play and 6), How was their performance.
WHO: The Lemon Twigs are Brian D’Addario, Michael D’Addario, Danny Ayala (keys) and Megan Zeankowski (bass)
WHAT: The next generation of progressive/art rock, and just plain bad-ass.
WHEN: 3/17/2017 at Youtube at Coppertank
WHERE: Long Island, New York.
WHY: A few months ago, one of my contributors asked me to look into getting her approved to a show for an up and coming band. When I reached out to the publicist, all media passes had already been doled out … and there was a wait list. That band was The Lemon Twigs.
HOW: Michael and Brian D’Addario (who are brothers, by the way) write futuristic music that’s a throwback to the brilliant prog rock of the 60s and 70s. Not only are their compositions memorable, but they’ve got amazing stage presence, especially Michael, whose high-flying leg kicks during guitar licks is a show in and of itself. The brother’s share musical duties including drumming, lead guitar and lead vocals, and their debut album, “Do Hollywood”, showcases their collaborative musical creativity and has gotten many critics and music lovers to take notice.
What amazed me with this young band is that they are playing music that simply doesn’t exists in today’s recording artist’s repertoire. Well, at least I can’t think of anybody off the top of my head… Have a listen:
Some may find their adventures in music a little too eccentric, but I love how far this band pushes musical boundaries, and it’s that youthful, fearless approach that make this band and their music so damn exciting for me. I can’t wait to hear what these guys record in the future.
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