Michael D'Addario of The Lemon Twigs performs at Bonnaroo's This Tent June 16 in Manchester, Tenn.
Hayden Goodridge | MTSU Seigenthaler News Service
With their array of vintage gear, bellbottom pants and suggestive swagger, it would be easy to mistake The Lemon Twigs’ performance at Bonnaroo’s This Tent Sunday afternoon as a show straight out of the 1970s.
Frontman and lead singer Michael D’Addario came onstage looking strikingly similar to Lou Reed—clad in a leather jacket and oversized sunglasses—while his guitarist brother Brian sported black feathers from his outfit.
While the two brothers are young, their influence from the past has allowed them to develop a sound wholly unique to this era. With bouncing melodies and frequent falsetto vocals, the Twigs have reworked the cheesy elements of ’70s radio rock into a wild musical display.
The group’s bombastic performance fell somewhere between the camp silliness of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and hard-rocking passion of classic bands such as The Who.
Throughout the set, the D’Addario brothers scissor-kicked their way through songs such as “I Wanna Prove to You” and “These Words,” frequently stepping over stage monitors to put themselves directly in front of their crowd.
Even between songs, the band’s banter verged on absurdity. While Michael told rambling tales in a made-up Brooklyn accent, Brian took his time to share some crucial important information.
“Before we continue, I have an announcement to make,” said Michael. “I am growing my hair for peace!”
But between all the Mick Jagger-esque struts and goofy singing styles, there was real talent shining from the young band. While music festivals have grown from the absurd antics of rock bands, The Lemon Twigs gave Bonnaroo a taste of a musical era that’s become the stuff of legend.