The Lemon Twigs @ Thekla

The Lemon Twigs creative output comes from brothers Michael and Brian D'Addario, who are 17 and 20 respectively. Raised on the music of Wings and The Zombies by their session musician father, Ronnie, they have  been playing multiple instruments from a very young age, and their supreme musicianship was evident from the moment the first chord was struck.

They started proceedings with arguably their best song that has been released so far, 'I Wanna Prove to You', which immediately got the audience dancing, enthralled by Brian's stick spinning abilities behind the kit. The ending of this first song was so large, most other bands would have closed the set with such a tune, but The Lemon Twigs are not most bands, and they quickly moved through a run of excellent songs, including 'Why Didn't You Say That' off a yet to be released E.P., which showcased a slightly more classic Rock 'n Roll sound than that of what we have heard so far.

The family bond between the D'Addario brothers was strong throughout the set, potentially reaching its height when they covered a song off their father's first record, which is only now just being released, decades after being recorded. Halfway through the set, just after recently released single 'These Words', Michael stepped out from behind the kit and took centre stage alongside touring keys player Danny Ayala (the live band is completed by Megan Zeankowski on bass), to perform an acoustic number, with Brian taking to the keyboard.

From then on, Michael took on frontman duties, with Brian moving behind the drums, and they rattled through the rest of the set, featuring both fan favourites off the debut album, 'Do Hollywood', including 'As Long as We're Together', and more songs off the yet to be released E.P. They finished with a song off the next record, as yet untitled and being recorded in May, which showcased an even heavier side, taking the room to a dizzying height of excitement and energy.

The show ended with a final leap from Michael, and it was undeniable that even after a 90 minute set, the audience were left wanting much, much more.

Article: Nick Berthoud