The Lemon Twigs Do Hollywood with Hedi Slimane

The Lemon Twigs Do Hollywood with Hedi Slimane

With their acclaimed debut album 'Do Hollywood,' The Lemon Twigs are bringing their signature pop rock sound and '70s flair to the mainstream.

With their acclaimed debut album 'Do Hollywood,' The Lemon Twigs are bringing their signature pop rock sound and '70s flair to the mainstream.

Photography: Hedi Slimane

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

One clear day in November in Los Angeles, Hedi Slimane followed the D’Addario brothers (Brian, 19, and Michael, 17) as the mop-headed duo climbed trees and kicked around railroad tracks. As night fell, Brian and Michael took stage as The Lemon Twigs at Silverlake’s The Echo, electrifying the young crowd with a glam-rock jubilee.

The Lemon Twigs are the latest subject in Slimane’s Diary, a web-based archive in which the designer and photographer frequently proclaims rock’s next feisty young stars. Even in Slimane’s all black-and-white palette, the colorific, norm-defying energy of The Lemon Twigs shines through. In one photo, Michael (historically the sartorial risk-taker of the two) stands in a lunch counter buttering a bagel while wearing a plaid skirt and Pink Panther tee that reads, “think pink.”

Despite their echoing of '70s counterculture, The Lemon Twigs are making the rounds on decidedly normie TV shows—only an indication of culture’s continuing evolution that is more reassuring now than ever. Recently, they've appeared on Jimmy Fallon, CBS News, and Conan.

We caught up with Brian D’Addario about self-expression as a teen, his brother’s current normcore phase, and one very famous Lemon Twigs fan.

Michael D’Addario

Where’s Michael? 

He has laryngitis. We’re doing his song on Conan, so I really hope it’s gone by then. I have to feed him some hot soup.

Did you guys always dress like you were in a rock group?

For me, I had my school stuff, and then I had the stuff I would wear at home. I didn’t want anyone to notice me. Michael really dressed the part in high school. And actually was doing it in middle school, but in a way that people wouldn’t necessarily notice. I’m sure people made comments, but Michael didn’t really care about that. Also, we used to act, and that kind of overshadowed whatever weird stuff he was wearing.

What’s the dynamic like between you two?

It depends. We know each other so well where, if we’re making a fashion decision, for example, I definitely trust his opinion far more than I would trust my own. When it comes to something like making a decision based on knowledge of how chords work in a song, he would trust me on that. It’s not like a typical older/younger dynamic because I’m not just domineering all the time.

Who are your inspirations?

For Michael, I think it was probably less Bowie than Joan Jett. He really liked the way the Runaways looked. For some stuff it may have been Lou Reed. But it wasn’t as much the glam [men] as it was some of the female punk people.

He kind of gets obsessed with a particular musician, and he likes to sort of dress exclusively like that. Right now, it’s Alex Chilton from Big Star, who [dressed] really normal. Like white t-shirts and jeans, which is a pretty big departure from a lot of the promotional pictures. He’s not wearing a whole lot of makeup or anything.

Brian D’Addario

 

What has been your most exciting celebrity or musical encounter?

I mean, Elton John being into the music and talking about us a couple times was total insanity. He’s really into new music. He has a radio show on Beats 1 and he’s always shedding light on artists that not a lot of people know about. The first time he played us on his show, he gave us this introduction that was like, “You know, I wasn’t sure about this when I first heard it, but after listening to it a couple times, I think it’s really, really great” or something. And then he mentioned us again talking about another track, saying that he just loved our band. So that was just completely nuts.

Do you think there’s a trend of fashion and rock music coming together more? Or do you know a lot of other bands for which fashion is particularly important?

One that I can think of is Starcrawler who’s a band in L.A. we play with. They’re very conscious about their clothes and stuff. But it does seem like it’s sort of catching on. And I think that’s just because we’ve gone through a period where it was pretty boring in terms fashion and how it relates to music.

We wanted to do it that way because it didn’t seem like a lot of people were doing it, you know? So it was kind of to fill a certain void, for us. I just like when all areas when all areas of the presentation of the music are treated with care and whatnot. And you can say it’s all about the music, and I believe that the music is more important by far, but I think it’s also cool to be extra conscious about how you’re presenting yourself.

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