By Shem Tane
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — The Lemon Twigs is a rock band from Long Island, New York. They have already performed on Conan, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and many more television programs. The band’s sound seems as if it has been marinating in a time capsule basking in the sun outside the Sunset Strip during the 1970s.
The crisp and tight melodies of brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario shine through even the darkest venue, even competing with the stage lights. The group performed at the Sinclair in Cambridge on September 28 and I got the chance to witness the musicians’ flair and devotion to music from decades ago.
The first part of the set featured Michael on drums who quickly became a twister of tom fills and drumstick twirls. This brought visions of what it must have been like seeing The Who’s Keith Moon live hunched over the drums and cymbals snarling like a wild beast. The air was palpable with fan club screams — like the noise from The Beatles’ United States debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in miniature.
The Lemon Twigs had just recently released an EP called Brothers of Destruction as the follow-up to its debut album, Do Hollywood, which was released by 4AD in October 2016. As the set drew to a half way point, the brothers switched instruments. Michael now manned a guitar with a more aggressive state then Brian’s reserved presence on the guitar. As the first notes hit the speakers he became a flurry of high kicks, windmill strums and even scissor kicks all the while wearing skinny bellbottoms.
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