LEMON: MADCHESTER? NEDCHESTER!
Early last Summer, Lemon released its fourth album, titled: Perfect It Will Never Be. The album is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album NEDchester. Though perfect it will never be, Lemon regards the new album as their best yet.
Perfect It Will Never Be collected great 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 2015. Not only the album collected great reviews, Lemon’s live shows received 4, and even 5 star ratings from venue bookers on the website Gigstarter.com.
About Lemon’s previous album, 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.
NEDchester refers to the MADchester sound of the early Nineties, that inspired the band to create their own foreign version. 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.
NEDchester was preceded by the album titled “Hey, since we’re not rich and famous we’d appreciate it very much if you choose to support us and pay for our music. If you download it for free could you do us the favour to spread it to all your friends? Respect!”, that also collected great reviews from OOR, Fret, Music Maker and other media.
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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 Ron ‘Woodstock’ Keeris, confidently jump on stage and will not rest before the whole world is caught by the NEDchester virus.