Don’t Get Lemon
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There is a mental portal that accompanies the music of Don’t Get Lemon. It’s one that expands and contracts as the Austin and Houston trio invite us along to absorb the five tracks on Forward Not Forgetting, the digital October EP that finds its way to physical manifestation, via cassette release, in early 2021 through emerging darker-arts label à La Carte Records.

As the listener steps into this realm and allows the band’s cascading sound to wash over, it’s no surprise Don’t Get Lemon caught the attention of à La Carte. Forward Not Forgetting finds the band — affectionately known as DGL for short — sound tracking our navigation through the pitfalls of modern life, reflecting a flickering beat off the stars of their Texas hometowns in creating a lush and introspective sound that orbits the allied galaxies of post-punk, synth-pop, and new wave. It’s dance music for people standing still, a torrent of motion for a frustrated world on pause.

“We were originally thinking about calling the band Lemon, taking homage from The Stone Roses and the ‘68 Paris riots,” the band states. “We noticed that searching for Lemon would be near impossible, and there’s probably countless bands called Lemon. So we kept Lemon and added “Don’t Get” to make “Don’t Get Lemon” — Cockney rhyming slang which means don’t get smart (lemon tart = smart). It’s a famous line from a movie called The Football Factory which stars Danny Dyer who we use as kind of an inside joke in the band.”

A sense of humor notwithstanding, Don’t Get Lemon’s sound aches and arcs with enough stamina to stretch across the Atlantic, and the end result, as evident on Forward Not Forgetting, its title pulled from a lyric via EP opener “Motion With No Name”, is the type of stadium synth-pop set to take over the world. Darker times call for darker music, but there’s a sense of hope and ambition in everything emerging from the Don’t Get Lemon creative factory.

“We wanted to do something much lighter and poppier than what we had previously been making,” they add. “We all had been enjoying Danish synthpop bands like Lust For Youth, First Hate, and Gents as starting points along with some of the classics from the ‘80s. We also joked about making a World Cup song like New Order’s ‘World In Motion,’ but for the 2026 World Cup here in the USA.”

Like most things these days, the evolution became darker as Don’t Get Lemon gelled as a creative unit, taking influence from the groundbreaking sounds of 40 years ago and illuminating the struggles that inspired those bands against the backdrop of our modern dystopia. Nostalgia is what we lean on to get us through the night, to fill our downtime, but a confrontation with the world around us is what gets us through the never-ending day.

“Once we started writing I think naturally some post-punk started to pop up more in our writing,” the band states. “We wanted it to be more clear and crisp, which included the vocals coming up in the mix and less reverb. We also wanted to experiment with different genres like disco and trying different paces.”

The Forward Not Forgetting cassette is set for release in early 2021, complete with an arsenal of visuals and creative content, like official music videos for “Motion With No Name” and EP closer “Idle Eyes,” and well as curated playlists and mixtapes, similar to the one the band recently crafted for IDIOTEQ’s year-end series, highlighting Don’t Get Lemon’s favorite synth-infused darkwave and post-punk tracks of 2020.

-Michael Marota

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