“I would definitely advise trying classical guitar – it’s really easy to translate classical chord shapes to pop music”: How NY duo The Lemon Twigs are leading the ’70s glam rock guitar revival

The Lemon Twigs' Brian D'Addario
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They could be considered the vanguard of a ’70s glam rock revival, but everyone’s favourite New York brother-band The Lemon Twigs are exploring a more contemplative and stripped-back sound on their fourth full-length, Everything Harmony. Full of rich vocal harmonies and subtle fingerpicked guitar lines, the band’s bold change of pace has resulted in some of their finest work to date. 

“The sound came during the demoing process,” says Brian D’Addario, who shares vocal, guitar, bass, drum and production duties with his brother Michael. “The songs that stood out were the songs that were more vulnerable. That was a mood that we got into that continued until the whole album was written. We wrote a lot of frivolous pop at the time as well, which we love, but it just felt wrong to put them alongside the other songs.” 

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Stan Bull

Stan is a Production Editor and writer for Total Guitar, a publication that he has been reading since the age of 10, which is partly responsible for his enduring love of the instrument. He also works for Computer Music and Future Music magazines, and has written for a number of Bristol-based blogs and zines since graduating from the University of South Wales in 2015. Stan is an alternative music enthusiast and has played in a number of indie bands, though he dreams of one day having a picking hand fast enough to form a death metal group. Wish him luck.