THE LEMON TWIGS: DO HOLLYWOOD
How to describe The Lemon Twigs’ debut album, Do Hollywood? It’s a 50s drive-in at night, it’s a sunny bike ride on a slow day in August, it’s a dance on the boardwalk.
The album opens with what could be their strongest track, “I Wanna Prove to You.” This song draws heavy influences from 50s artists such as Buddy Holly, as well as recent bands, for example, The Frights. Next, they jump decades to “Those Days Is Comin’ Soon,” which could easily be mistaken for a Beatles song circa Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band, with a bouncing, carefree beat and use of bright vocal harmonies.
As the album progresses, The Lemon Twigs weave dreamy, upbeat, throwback sounds to rewind listeners 50 years with tracks like “Haroomata”, “These Words”, and “As Long As We’re Together”, while keeping conscious of modern trends, as seen on the Tame Impala-esque “Baby, Baby”.
Each of the Lemon Twigs’ songs on Do Hollywood feel like a snippet into a different facet of mid-century west coast feel-good rock. They seem to seek to revive a sound that’s been relatively buried in the metaphorical musical archives. A dilemma often encountered by admirers of this style is that we must be content with pre-existing records from bands that are no longer making music which can, to some, feel limiting. Part of the appeal of The Lemon Twigs is that they are continuing to release new music with an old sound, so we can look forward to a new supply of more of the 60s vibe that we love.
Do Hollywood perfectly encapsulates everything that has gone right in their genre, reviving a style that we feared we’d seen the last of, and presenting it to a new set of listeners in 2016.
by MAGGIE EWING