THE LEMON TWIGS: BROTHERS OF DESTRUCTION

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         Michael and Brian D’Addario of the Lemon Twigs capture everything I want to hear in a rock band. Ever since the release of the cardinal Do Hollywood album, written during Michael’s adolescence and Brian’s transition to adulthood, I’ve been listening to The Lemon Twigs nonstop. The Lemon Twigs, formed by the two musicians over years of brotherly jamming, embody rock and roll today at its best. Their latest EP is called Brothers of Destruction, and the power and badassery throughout this release is astounding, especially considering the origin of these tracks. Of course these songs are great for many reasons, but one of them is that they are off cuts from the Lemon Twigs’ freshman album. Simple rarities made into a stellar EP gives a nice conclusion to Do Hollywood and hopefully, a beautiful transition into their sophomore album (guys, please release it, I can’t get enough).

        Beginning the EP, I feel a rush of excitement. As the “Intro” to the EP comes to a close, I appreciate the layers of intertwining vocals and the freakshow-esque oddities included within the end of the track. In fact, this introduction perfectly encompasses the overall intention of the EP: letting listeners know that their music may be odd at times, but many of The Lemon Twigs’ lovable qualities come from that brilliant, extravagant personality that is so prevalent within their music. Within the last few seconds of “Intro,” dialogue (“just forget all that, just forget all that”) lets the listeners know that at one point, these songs were discarded. Now with the release of Brothers of Destruction, old works come back to life. As expected, the introduction transitions perfectly into the soulfully upbeat “Why Didn’t You Say That,” and, next the vigorously neat “So Fine,” bringing the listener to “Beautiful,” one of the best songs on the EP. As soon as “Beautiful” begins playing, I immediately think I’m listening to Madman Across The Water, Elton John’s ballad-plenty album of 1971. “Beautiful,” overwhelmingly full of dark beauty, draws parallels to this album. The two songs following are paired very well, and reflect Michael and Brian’s ability to pair slower tracks with more energetic ones, just as brothers can do with the amount of time they spend together.

       In this release, The Lemon Twigs were able to completely revolutionize the meaning of “off cuts.” Even though the tracks throughout Brothers of Destruction were pulled from writing sessions from their first full album, Do Hollywood, this is not a display of neglect towards their music. Rather, in cohesive Brothers of Destruction, Michael and Brian pulled together these six rarities with grace and taste.

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