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There’s not a lot of rock songs on the first album but there’s going to be a couple rock songs on the next album. It’s a part of our sound that we developed playing live. So that’s going to be more apparent. It’s fun to rock live, it’s not really fun to just stand there.

During our teenage years, most of us just think we’re taking the world by storm. Brian, 19 and Michael D’Addario,17, of new-style old-school rock band The Lemon Twigs, actually are. The teenage duo mixes wild outfits and high-octane onstage dance moves with tunes rocking enough to get any old glam rocker feeling wistful.  

They grew up in a musical household in Hicksville, New York, just outside of the city. They played a Surf Lodge set on Father’s Day, and Papa D’Addario was there in the crowd. Their nod to old dad? Using the vintage SG guitar they inherited from him. Overall, it was a unique twist on the phrase “family fun.”

CONVICTS caught up with the duo after the show and got their word on the Loch Ness monster, learning music from their old man, and what’s coming up next for the Lemon Twigs.

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Hey gang. To start can you tell us who you are and where we’re at?

THE LEMON TWIGS

Hey we are the Lemon Twigs and we’re at the Surf Lodge.

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Can you just tell me where you’re from?

THE LEMON TWIGS

We’re from Hicksville, NY on Long Island. Two hours away.

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How do you like Montauk?

THE LEMON TWIGS

We like Montauk, it seems fine. It has a town which Hicksville doesn’t really have.

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What do you think of Surf Lodge?

THE LEMON TWIGS

It’s nice thats it’s right off the beach. Weather’s foggy but that’s fine.

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What do you think the fog experience will do for your show?

THE LEMON TWIGS

The fog will make it seem like we are in Scotland, like the Loch Ness monster will be out there.

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We hear that your dad is the homie. What did you guys get him for Father’s Day today?

THE LEMON TWIGS

We had charred octopus and two scallops, Coke, oysters and a ribeye. We all enjoyed ourselves.

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He’s here isn’t he? Do you like playing shows with your pop in the crowd?

THE LEMON TWIGS

We like playing shows with him. Our dad always comes to the New York shows. Sometimes we’ll bring him up. We don’t know if we’ll bring him up tonight, we will see were the moment takes us. He likes the stage, he plays in his own band.

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You have to bring him out, it’s father’s day!

THE LEMON TWIGS

We’ll see what the crowd does. We appreciate our father everyday not just on Father’s Day. We don’t let the government tell us when we’re going to appreciate our father.

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So what are you saying about the crowd? Do they have to be like high energy?

THE LEMON TWIGS

If they’re high energy, then yeah. We’re not going to let our dad play to a shitty crowd. If they are high energy then we’ll definitely bring him out. We are going to play his guitar in the honor of him. It’s an SG that he got in 1968 I think or 1969!

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What’s going on with you guys right now? Are you recording?

THE LEMON TWIGS

We record pretty much anytime we are in our home because we have a lot of new recording equipment that we just got so we can record quickly. We haven’t been able to record these last couple days because our equipment is being shipped from California but we record whenever we are home. The next album is always in the works.

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Do you like touring all the time?

THE LEMON TWIGS

We don’t like to tour!

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You’re performing at like every festival though?

THE LEMON TWIGS

It’s just because this is the first year! We are trying to do whatever we can. It shouldn’t necessarily be all fun. It’s a job and you should have to work for it. So we prefer to record, you have to do live stuff and translate it to a crowd. We are just getting used to playing the festivals, playing a bunch of rented equipment. But we’ve never been too uptight about equipment. We used to play whatever they had at the bar when we were young.

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What music did your dad play in the house growing up?

THE LEMON TWIGS

He played a lot of the Beatles, the most popular band of all time. That was what he grew up on, so we took to it the same way he did. He played a lot of sixties stuff: The Animals, The Monkees, The Beach Boys. We got into other stuff as we grew up.

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Do you disagree with any of your dad now that you have your own taste and stuff?

THE LEMON TWIGS

Well he likes onions and we don’t like onions.

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I meant music?

THE LEMON TWIGS

Oh, music? Yeah, well he doesn’t really like a lot of the heavier stuff that we like. There’s a lot of stuff he doesn’t really listen to, he just got really obsessed with his shit and listens to that over and over. He kept listening to it and we started to expand. But there’s nothing that he listens to that we don’t. He has good taste! He’s just very selective.

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Are you guys going to push heavier on your new stuff?

THE LEMON TWIGS

No I don’t think we are going to necessarily push heavier. There’s not a lot of rock songs on the first album but there’s going to be a couple rock songs on the next album. It’s a part of our sound that we developed playing live. So that’s going to be more apparent. It’s fun to rock live, it’s not really fun to just stand there. To play a bunch of different tempos is not really fun live.

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Is the next tour going to be structured the same as this one?

THE LEMON TWIGS

It won’t be as specific as that. When we do a tour for the next album we’ll probably both be in the front. It will be more like we are on the same page.

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Will you have someone in the front then someone playing drums?

THE LEMON TWIGS

We will probably have someone else playing drums. If they are really good. Should we drop a bomb right now? Paul Will is going to be playing drums. That’s the bomb.

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Right on boys. Appreciate the chat and keep tearing it up.