The London Island teen brothers have just played two nights at London's Moth Club
“Hello Twiglets!” hollers Brian D’Addario as the Lemon Twigs bound across the stage on the stroke of 9:30pm. Michael D’Addario jumps behind the drum kit and the foursome (including guitarist and keyboardist Danny Ayala along with bassist Megan Zeankowski) get cracking with ‘I Wanna Prove to You’ from the new record. The wiry brothers own the starry crowd – including the likes of Alex Turner and Bowie producer Tony Visconti – right out of the gates.
The Lemon Twigs are anachronistic in all the obvious ways people have written about. They sound like Big Star crossed with the Beach Boys and the Beatles. They have a penchant for over-tight 1970s t-shirts and flares. They have crazy hair.
Witnessed live though, what really places them out of time is their self-confident revelry in joyous song craft and virtuoso musical chops. Theatrics like the boys’ high-kicks and jumps aren’t delivered ironically; there’s simply an abundance of fun in the way they play. The message is clear: this is music to be enjoyed.