See also Gary Brooker with Lemon Twigs' album
Only their second UK gig, and Long Island band
The Lemon Twigs play to a packed
and prestigious ICA
in London. Should you happen to be
in America this autumn ('fall') check out their 23 tour dates by clicking here
Brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario (pictured) are the sons of Paler
musician Ronnie D'Addario, and first came to our attention when they played with the
Band in 2014
and at Liquorice Jam the following year. Unsurprisingly they played Procol tunes like natives; they have a song named Haroomata on their upcoming album
Brian starts the show on guitar and vocal; as in The Beatles (a
band both brothers are well-acquainted with) listeners
can deduce who wrote any particular song from the identity of its lead singer
Michael – a fantastically capable, powerful and demonstrative drummer – also sings harmonies on his brother's songs
Midway through the evening the brothers swap over, and it's
Michael's tunes that close the show. Very broadly, and no doubt with plenty of
Michael's material seems more visceral, Brian's more cerebral: but it's all intricate, witty, tuneful and highly energetic.
Though the brothers D'Addario play every note on their records (Soundcloud
here. pre-order album
here), the touring band is
their friends Danny Ayala (keyboards, voice) and Megan Zeankowski (Rickenbacker bass guitar).
The Times of London characterises The Twigs as 'a modern-day
band combining the melodic, harmony-rich soft rock of
the underground cool of Big Star and the Ramones, and the theatricality of Broadway musicals'.
Brian, who also plays violin, 'cello and trumpet on the album, takes to the piano for the most Broadway-like of their
(the dedicatee of this performance was one of the webmasters of 'Beyond the Pale' (thanks, Brian!))
Danny and Michael share the mic for background voices on the above track
The band again. The crowd cheered the songs that have so-far been released. There is a Twigs buzz, without question
The brothers D'Addario (19 and 17) once more. In low light an amateur camera
can't take useful pictures of them leaping about
but there are lots of clips on YouTube that demonstrate the band's élan and dynamism
Their impending appearance on American TV's 'The Tonight Show'