LEMON: MADCHESTER? NEDCHESTER!
After four albums and two EPs, on the 3rd of April 2019 Lemon released their fifth album, simply titled ‘The Fifth Of Lemon’ that even got noticed in Australia. Blog Music Injection called album track Love Transcends All Convictions a gem of a song. Dutch music magazine Lust For Life wrote “Almost every track has a catchy melody”. The fifth succeeds the album ‘Perfect It Will Never Be’, that collected raving reviews. Festivalinfo.nl and Podiuminfo.nl rated the album 4 out of 5 stars. Kindamuzik.net wrote: ‘With this spacy, psychedelic and groovy album, Lemon is a step closer to the illusion of perfection.’ Famous Dutch music journalist Swie Tio ranked it #6 in his Top-10 of best albums of the year.
Just like their albums, Lemon’s intense live shows have collected 4 star ratings, but even more 5-star ratings. ‘Like fireworks on stage’, writes a German organiser. Read the reviews (in Dutch and some in English) on Gigstarter.nl.
About Lemon’s third album, titled NEDchester, Netherland’s number 1 Music Magazine OOR wrote: “The best songs on the album are as great as Stone Roses or Happy Mondays work”. The critic confessed the vibe of these songs really moved him (literally: “these moments bring a tear to my eye”). Music Magazine FRET stated: “Lemon creates a great groove, coloured with a catchy guitar and an infectious bass. A beautiful nostalgic tribute to an exciting musical era.” Website Festivalinfo.nl rated the album 4 out of 5 stars. The critic of this site did not refer to the MADchester sound. He mentioned MGMT as a reference, but concluded his review by stating Lemon has a unique sound of their own.
The album title NEDchester refers to the MADchester sound of the early Nineties, that inspired the band. Their Dutch interpretation of this sound, is not pure MADchester. Hence: NEDchester (NED stands for The Netherlands, in Dutch: Nederland). In the MADchester era, bands like Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, The Charlatans, The Farm and The Stone Roses, mixed Britpop with some Psychedelic influences and a load of Dance influences. It is no coincidence Lemon was support act for The Charlatans and Primal Scream when they played in Amsterdam. Other bands who take inspiration from the MADchester-sound are The Kooks, Kasabian, Cut Copy, Jagwar Ma, Kasabian, Chk Chk Chk and Hard-Fi.
After listening to a track of NEDchester, one of the band’s biggest heroes: Stereo MC’s front man Rob Birch wrote: “You don’t need no props if your music is strong, be confident”. Mark ‘Bong The Bass’ Bongers (bass), Paul Hesen (drums, vocals), Ralf Hesen (guitars, vocals) and Thomas Gense (guitars, vocals, keyboards, percussion), confidently jump on stage and will not rest before the whole world is caught by the NEDchester virus.