Gig Review by Zak Edwards with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Sometimes you happen upon an event which is so mesmerizingly spectacular that it stays with you for an eternity. Only a day in and I know, FOR A FACT, that last night The Lemon Twigs at the gloriously indie Leadmill in Sheffield, will be one of those.

The Lemon Twigs

Think a combination of the Rocky Horror Show and Moulin Rouge for theatrics, Freddie Mercury and Elton John (who by the way is a fan) for showmanship and any one of a multitude of awesome musicians and you’re only part way there, as to what the fortunate crowd witnessed on a cold Saturday night in the Steel City.

Making their way to stage fashionably late at 9.45, New York’s hottest property; a year ago pretty much unknown and now, widely being hailed the saviours of rock ‘n’ roll – looked for all intents and purposes like they were on their way to Fancy Dress party themed ‘70’s Harlem’. Flares, sequins and flowery shirts compulsory; gloriously vulgar in the best possible way.

The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs

They kick off proceedings with no doubt their most famous tune to date ‘I Wanna Prove to You’ – a waltzing, Broadway cabaret of a romp and the night just continued on its crazy, spiralling carousel ride into the surreal from there.

Giving a song by song narrative of the night would really not being doing justice to the ‘event’, and I’d very quickly run out of superlatives. I use the word ‘event’ very intentionally. You quickly realise that seeing The Lemon Twigs, is not a gig, not a concert, it is most definitely an event. A tremendous, musically colourful and sensual event.

The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs

Playing all the best bits of ‘Do Hollywood’ and current EP ‘Brothers of Destruction’ they offer their sumptuous interpretation of 60’s baroque pop come classic rock, combining the artistic splendour of Marc Bolans T-Rex and the harmonic melodies of the Beach Boys and Wings. Splendid.

Half way through the set, Brian moved from guitar and vocal – via the keys – and duly swapped places with his younger and it has to be said slightly crazier brother, Michael. Normally, this means a lesser performance by one of the members flaunting some instrumental frailties on their new weapon of choice. Not a jot – each equally as impressive as the other. Sickening eh?

The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs

What’s impressive about the D’Addario brothers; musicianship and vocals aside, is the fact that are still so young (20 and 18 respectively). Their album is already being touted as ground-breaking in terms of content and mix of genres and it’s difficult to see how they are not going to take the world by storm as their music becomes ever more prominent.

Keep an eye out for the brothers from Long Island, New York. It’s only a matter of time before you love them.

The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs

Props have to go out to Flyte who offered enjoyable support and were definitely the calm before the storm. Performing tunes from their debut album ‘The Loved Ones’, stand out tracks were 80’s electro throwback ‘Little White Lies’ and a haunting A Capella tune called ‘Archie, Marry Me’. Simply lovely. Flyting Pickets anyone?

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Set List: I Wanna Prove To You / Haroomata / Why Didn’t You Say That / Beautiful / You Can’t Talk To The Dude / Frank / How Lucky Am I / Night Song / Baby Baby / Foolin’ Around / So Fine / As Long As We’re Together Encore: Light And Love / Queen Of My School

The Lemon Twigs

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