Posts Tagged ‘baroque pop’
NY indie rock band The Lemon Twigs at its core is brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario. The band’s debut record Do Hollywood came out last year and each brother wrote five songs on the record. When you see them play live, the brothers switch instruments, so they can sing the songs each wrote. Although young–the youngest D’Addario is still a teenager–the brothers have been immersed in music since they were born. Their father is a professional musician and their mother is a lifelong music fan.
Do Hollywood got started after the brothers sent Jonathan Rado, frontman of California indie rock band Foxygen, some demos over Twitter. Before they knew it, the band was signed to legendary label 4AD (home of SOHN, Deerhunter, Future Islands, The National, among others) and working with Rado on what would become Do Hollywood.
I got to hang out with the brothers the last time they were in town. Do the brothers really fight a lot? What was it like working with Jonathan Rado from Foxygen? What are the details behind the secret debut record that the D’Addario brothers have disavowed? Which legendary musician’s career would each brother like to have? You’ll have to listen to find out. (Also check out the extended version of my chat with the D’Addario brothers below for more fun with The Lemon Twigs!)
My hang sesh with The Lemon Twigs turned out to be so fun, there was a lot of talk I couldn’t fit into the radio version of the show. In the extended version of the show, I talk with the brothers about growing up in a musical family, two more songs from the Do Hollywood record (“Hi+Lo” and “As Long As We’re Together”) and the other secrets the brothers are hiding. Listen to our chat!
Tracks played on the extended version of the interview…
1) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “These Words” (mp3)
2) Foxygen, …And Star Power (2014) “Brooklyn Police Station” (background)
3) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Baby, Baby” (partial)
4) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “I Wanna Prove To You”
5) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “As Long As We’re Together”
6) The Lemon Twigs, What We Know (2014) “The Corners I Was Locked Behind (When I Was There)”
7) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Hi+Lo”
8) The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (2016) “Haroomata”
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Ra Ra Riot started out as a baroque pop or orchestral pop band fronted by singer Wes Miles amazing voice. In 2013, the band released Beta Love, a record which left the baroque pop sound behind and went in a new direction, towards something more electro pop. As you can imagine, Beta Love was polarizing and not popular with a small but vocal segment of the band’s fanbase. I enjoyed Beta Love and was very interested to hear what the next step in the band’s evolution would sound like. In early 2016, the band released Need Your Light.
I hung out with the band’s singer Wes in Ra Ra Riot‘s busy tour van and we talked. What is the unlikely secret from Wes‘ past in school? What was it like working with Rostam Batmanglij (from Vampire Weekend) on the new record? How did the band navigate the rocky waters of change and growth? Which is Wes‘ favorite track on Ra Ra Riot‘s first record The Rhumb Line? How much does Wes love U2‘s 1991 album Achtung Baby? You have to listen to find out! (I even get him to sing a bit.)
Tracks played on the show…
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Water”
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “Absolutely”
Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line (2008) “St Peter’s Day Festival” (mp3)
Ra Ra Riot, Beta Love (2013) “Beta Love” (background)
Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light (2016) “I Need Your Light” (mp3)
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