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The Lemon Twigs

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 9:00 PM


with Jungle Green
Do Hollywood, The Lemon Twigs 2016 debut LP, was an invigorating, much-needed blast of fresh air that whipped across the arid landscape of contemporary rock. If that stunningly accomplished recording, which flew in the face of current musical trends, wasnt surprising enough on the face of it, the fact that Do Hollywood was the handiwork of two teenagersbrothers Brian and Michael DAddariorendered the achievement utterly mind-boggling. Now, with the follow-up full-length, Go to School (4AD, Aug. 24), the siblings, now 21 and 19, respectively, have set the bar dizzyingly high even by their own lofty standards, and proceed to soar over it into the stratosphere. Listening to this wildly ambitious album is like entering and inhabiting a parallel universe. Go to Schools subtitle is A Musical, and that turns out to be an accurate description of the 15-song extravaganza, which tells the tale of the pure-of-heart chimpanzee Shane, whos adopted by a childless coupleplayed by the brothers musical hero Todd Rundgren and their mom, Susan Halland raised as a human boy. Michael describes Go to School as a fairy tale with a dark edge, as Shane is ostracized, bullied and rejected by the girl he falls for, erupts in an extreme act of retribution for being robbed of his innocence. The libretto is played out in a series of intricate, wildly eclectic musical settings ranging from spot-on throwback rockers to traditional Broadway-style production numbers. We had enough songs to work on a straight-pop, more obviously autobiographical albumwhich didnt feel like much of a riskor this one, Brian says of the decision-making that set them off in this envelope-ripping direction. These [Go to School] songs come from the same place our autobiographical songs come from, so we decided to trust our instincts and to really commit to making it a musical.Michael continues the thought. We werent gonna do it half-assedwe were gonna do it full-on and not shy away from the concept, he says. For me, it felt completely like the obvious thing to do, which sounds ridiculous, but everything about it is more advanced to me, and further along. What I think would be really disappointing for our most dedicated fans is if we just did a straight-pop album next.For Brian and Michael, working in the musical-theater mode wasnt that big a stretch, because both had been child actors. Along with the brothers roles in TV series, Brian had appeared in a Broadway production of The Little Mermaid, while Michael performed in Coast of Utopia and All My Sons. We were literally raised on Broadway, is how Michael puts it. When the brothers are working on a project, they typically immerse themselves in a handful of albums as a trigger for inspiration. In this instance, they were listening to Rodgers & Hammersteins Oklahoma and The King and I, as well as Stephen Sondheims A Little Night Music and Assassins. Our mom introduced us to Assassins when we were kids, Brian recalls, and me and Michael would do all the different parts with the different characters in the car. We didnt understand certain parts of the plot, but we knew all the words. I hadnt heard it for years, but when we were doing this project, I rediscovered it. At that point Id gotten kind of numb to a lot of rock music, and I was ripe for emotionally connecting to musicals. So I felt like that was where I was meant to be.With any musical, youve gotta first believe that people breaking into song every five minutes is normalthere are no rules, Michael says of the cosmology of musical theater. Theres no reason why nobody realizes that Shane is not a human. They just know hes a little bit different. You dont ask, Well, does he not have a mirror? That doesnt matter. Youve gotta believe it in order to enjoy the music and absorb the weight of the lyrics. The why is just because it gets you to the next part. Its supposed to make you feel something. They recorded Go to School at the dedicated analog studio theyd

Cost: $12.00 - $15.00
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