Interview – Lemon

Lemon are a fantastic band based in The Netherlands, with a really unique sound for a band from that area. How Can You Rhyme That Shit? is a new song by them that we reviewed – if you’re into your Madchester music then make sure you check it out!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled How Can You Rhyme That Shit?, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

Though not so aggressive and with an infectious groove, this song is much more of a protest song than our previous releases. It’s born out of frustration about the whole QAnon lunacy. I just don’t understand how people can believe human beings are capable of hiding such a weird worldwide scheme. Planting a nano chip in everyone’s arm? Yeah, right. Reptilian humanoids??? Get away please! The lyrics say it all: “I think it’s vanity, I don’t see us pull that off”. It can be purchased or streamed on all major online music platforms: Spotity, iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud etc. There is no physical single yet, but later this year the song will be featured on our forthcoming sixth album.

We hear your music is very influenced by the Madchester scene. How did that come about?

The Madchester sound has it all: soul influences, some psychedelic influences, a bit of rock. We’re old enough to remember the vibrations of the Second Summer of Love. The rave parties, the feeling of all people connecting on the dancefloor. Peace, love, unity and having fun! Isn’t that what we’re all longing for? With Madchester as a foundation, we created our own version of that sound. We like to call it Nedchester (Madchester from the Netherlands). It’s also the title of our third album, featuring the song Tribute To Madchester. I don’t think there is any other sound that can make us feel good the way Nedchester does. And what you give is what you get: everywhere we play we leave the audience with happy faces.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Quite some. We’ve been in different stages of lockdown for the last two years in The Netherlands. Many of our shows got cancelled. After we released two singles featuring guest singer Cath Coffey of the legendary Stereo MC’s, we collected raving reviews but we couldn’t play a single show. We kept rehearsing and writing songs though. That is why we have seven songs waiting to be released after this single, even if we are kind of broke right now because of the COVID shit…

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Writing songs and creating new work is the best. There is no single approach. Usually, I start with writing music and the lyrics follow. Sometimes, it is the other way around. Most of the time I bring some ideas to the rehearsals and we start jamming. Sometimes, I bring a complete song. Sometimes we start jamming with nothing and end up somewhere. The recording process is usually very fast. During our last session we recorded drums, bass, guitars (rhythm, lead, overdubs), keyboards, percussion and most of the vocals for eight songs in one weekend. We work with a great sound engineer/producer. His name is Tim Egmond and he really ‘feels’ our music. That makes the process easy and most of the times fun.

Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

Definitely. As mentioned before, seven songs are waiting to be released. Before the end of this year we’ll release some of them as a single. Before the end of this year, we’ll release our sixth album.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

The next single that is in the making is titled You Keep Me On Track. We hope to release it before the end of March.

You’re based in the Netherlands. What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

The Netherlands are most of all famous for dance music. DJ’s like Tiesto, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren are world famous. Not so much our cup of tea, though Kraak & Smaak are great. Believe it or not, next to that, Dutch hip-hop is the shit over here. Loads of autotune. Not our thing either. But there are still some interesting bands. We already mentioned Son Mieux. Other cool acts are Jungle by Night, Pip Blom, Claw Boys Claw, My Baby and Spinvis. Too bad that because of very severe regulations for noise nuisance, less and less venues offer live music in our country. We look forward to receiving invitations for gigs in the UK!

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

It won’t come as a surprise if I mention Primal Scream, The Charlatans, Happy Mondays and Stone Roses. Also Stereo MC’s, The Farm, Talking Heads, Barry White and David Bowie. More recently I’ve been listening to Dutch band Son Mieux, to Black Pumas, Khruangbin. Tanerélle and Durand Jones and the Indications. And I guess some may think it is not so cool if I say I like some of Billie Eilish’s work.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We’re still in lockdown in The Netherlands so no shows in the coming weeks. The first shows are scheduled for the 15th and 17th of April. The first in Hoofddorp, the second in Breda. In both cases we will be support act for our heroes Stereo MC’s. After that we will play on King’s Day (27th of April) at the Vrijhaven Festival in Amsterdam. Keep an eye on songkick.com or on the agenda on our website www.lemon.amsterdam for more dates.

Any last words for the fans?

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp etc (links on our website). Keep dancing and stream the hell out of our singles and albums. Check out The Best Of Lemon Playlist on Spotify: https://op…IIALX08ZcL