The ORANGE Dream

We don’t know about you but we for the most part are disappointed with the current chart music …

Hardly anything that is aimed at our generation has ever appealed to us, so we usually find ourselves digging deeper and deeper into the past to discover music that excites. 

Age and time are strange things. Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore. But we felt they are missing out on so much!

For us the Beatles kicked it all off …

It was like a magical transformation taking place. The same thing that teenagers experienced back in 1964 all over the world happened to us in 2007 when we went through our personal Beatlemania at the age of 13. Life changed drastically from then on. We found our purpose, if you will.

Listening to the opening chord to “A Hard Day’s Night”, the raw and unadulterated drive of “She Loves You”, the intimate and enticing sound of “Yesterday” or the impressive orchestral cacophony of “A Day In The Life”  – even thinking about those moments sends shivers down our spines.

Our interest for music skyrocketed, and we started playing and writing music predominantly inspired by the 60’s. We wanted to continue this spirit, we wanted to write and play music that had the magic and the same impact that those classic tracks had on us.

But how? …

We were born into a country (Austria) that celebrated classical and traditional folk music and that was rather detached from the humorous, easy going 60’s spirit we associated with England or the States.

We joke about how we must have picked our parents wisely. We were born into a family with a dad who was a musician himself, who had a great taste in music and would make us fall head over heels in love with music. In addition to all of that he was running one of Austria’s most successful recording studios! We really couldn’t have chosen any better 😉

The beginning of our journey …

So together with him and our equally awesome and musical step mom Michaela, who also happened to have lots of experience in business and marketing, we made plans: How are we going to make this insane dream a reality?

10 years, 5 albums, 99 music videos, 15 million YouTube views and a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, we are now living and working in the UK.

With a host of live shows in Europe, the USA and Australia, a UK tour with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, a recording session in Abbey Road Studios, a 2-year residency at the legendary Cavern Club (2014 – 2016), a collaboration with Woodstock legend John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), a Glastonbury performance and regular features on BBC and international radio stations under our belt, we can say we’ve come a long way since daydreaming about the future at the age of 13.

And we cannot help but feel very proud about the fact that we did all of it our own way! Every video we released, every song we’ve written, every album we put out, every blog post on our website comes from the collective brain juice of our small but mighty team. (Sound of Music 2.0? 🙂 )

Our values and priorities …

By no means should that come across like we don’t want or need the help of other people, but it means we’re not willing to compromise. We simply won’t give away our creative freedom or values for any short term success. We created our own label – Woolgoose Records – and were able to build this incredibly supportive, like-minded fan community with the help of Social Media and the Internet.

Yes, there were many tempting offers from “X-factor”, “Talent”, “Idol”, “Voice” and other “GFQ” (Get Famous Quick) shows but after taking a closer look we quickly realized that this path wasn’t for us.

We love the internet for making it possible to have a direct relationship with our audience. In that regard we’re terribly lucky to be alive in this day and age as that was simply not possible before. It’s so much more fun receiving feedback on our new album through our website or social media than having to wait for what self-proclaimed “authorities” write in the newspaper the next day.

It’s because of people like YOU …

Therefore it’s people like you that could make “The ORANGE dream” a reality – by donations, buying and sharing our music, purchasing our merch or getting tickets to see us at our live shows. People who share our yearning for change in the entertainment industry, who value honesty in music and can connect with our type of song writing.

Many of you are musicians yourselves, many are into the same music as we are, many of you have grown up in the 60’s and miss the spirit from back then, while others grew up in a later decade that musically didn’t speak to them, looking for an alternative. Whichever way you came across our music, we’re glad you did!

Join the movement …

We love to share our creations for free like our many, many free videos. But to sustain and expand our activities we are dependent on the help of our listeners. We often get asked how one can best support us, and the answer is simply by donations, buying and sharing our music, purchasing our merch or getting tickets to see us at our live shows.

The ORANGE chapter  …

So if you enjoy what we do, you can head over to the shop to get our new album “ORANGE”. First, we’d encourage you to check out the reviews that already dropped in, because some of them are real masterpieces. We could hardly believe how much time and diligence people put into writing them, and how so many of them are extremely spot on about our intentions with this album. 

What do you think about the “The ORANGE dream” of getting wit and melodious and harmonious songwriting back in today’s music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and thanks again for listening to our tracks!

Stay groovy,
Mona & Lisa

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I couldn't agree more regarding today's music and I use that term loosely. Most of what they call "music" today is pure rubbish in my opinion. The 60's ruled musically. You two remind us of what music should be with your original work and the songs you choose to cover. It will be a sad, sad day if MLT decide to call it quits but I don't see that happening in my lifetime (now there's an advantage of being old enough to retire). So keep up the great work you two are doing and while you're busy Waiting For the Waiter, I'll be waiting on your next original or cover. Stay safe, keep your heads straight and never forget your humble beginnings and the blessings you were given both musically and with parents that supported your dream. You two are loved by all of your fans.

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I too I’m a huge Beatle fan. In fact, I actually saw them live in concert in Seattle, August of 1964. I love your music and looking forward to listening to your new Orange album. Rock on, sisters❣️

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Hi from Japan! I find your sounds very nice. I play also oldies from the late 50’s and early 60’s with my old high school friends (we are all close to 70) in a band. I find your voices and guitar play very nice and like to hear you continue in this music direction. We play also lots of Beatles in our band, but, I like the sound of your band better than ours.

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I can't stand the current music/songs on American and Canadian charts, and most people I know feel the same way. It's almost impossible to find NEW music that is great, that sinks its talons into your soul, snags your emotions and yanks them out of you.

Every now and then there will be a gem (ie., Gin Wigmore, Elle King) but I find that after their awesome debut albums, they join a major label which then over-produces the sh*t out of any new music, basically turning delicious organic food, into the same processed garbage that's out there.

The problem is that very few "artists" really play and sing anymore (which is why I'm such a fan of MLT). It's all autotune and digital" instruments" (software).

People don't even realize what's wrong with today's music, they just know it's awful. But we're fed a diet of processed music these days, which is complete and total garbage that holds no nutritional value for the soul.

I love the old stuff because it's packed with real 'nutrition' for the soul; it's organic and pure. As much as I do love the older music though, I very much crave to hear NEW music, I just want it to be 'nutritional' instead of the processed crap that's on the charts. releasing.

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"I very much crave to hear NEW music, I just want it to be 'nutritional' instead of the processed crap that's on the charts". Well you've certainly come to the right place Baie! You can't go wrong with MLT's original material.

6

Agree. Music industry and Record labels are the Borg. They try to take creative young artists and assimilate them into creating processed music they feel will maximize their $$$ investment. If you don't comply they treat you like outcasts. Fortunately resistance is NOT futile. This video about modern music industry I found insightful. https://youtu.be/oVME_l4IwII

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I like new groups. Anyone who plays guitar and plays well impresses me I started playing guitar in 1969. Most of my friends listen to the same old groups from the 60-70 . They are trapped in time. Keep exploring like you do.

8

I love your music as I listen to it on YouTube. Having been a busker and performed in a pub in the mid eighties I know what it feels like. For me it was to bring happiness to people. I hope that all you records will be on vinyl soon as I live to play vinyl rather than CDs. Your own original music also is very much Beatles like in sound. Keep it up.

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I play acoustic guitar and sing with friends, and I love what my kids call “old-man rock&roll”! I’m a sucker for good harmony, which is why I find y’all so wonderland refreshing! Beatles, Eagles, ELO, Train, Matchbox 20, etc are my thing. So thanks for doing what you do. I also recommend Josh Turner and “the Other Favorates”!

Finally, I’m working to open a music pub (Rhythm&Brews-Paris) and hope next year to be in a position to invite y’all to do a show in Paris!
Thanks
Ted

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For me, also, it all started with The Beatles. I live in the southern U.S. I was a teenager in the sixties and grew up with The Beatles and the southern rock movement of the early seventies. I played brass instruments when I was younger and still like to play my guitars, though only to entertain myself. I discovered MonaLisa Twins searching for Beatle Covers on You Tube. So many songs in the U.S. is built around some catch phrase or cliche that its good to hear songs written about things you care about again. Hope the girls will be visiting the States some time soon.

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Perhaps it's because I grew up in the sixties and early seventies that I have fallen in love with your music, both covers and originals. When I first listened to the Orange album, I had already heard That's Life and Still a Friend of Mine - love both of those - but, when I heard Close to You, I was immediately transported back to a time when music was lyrical, diverse and meaningful! After a full life of being a rock musician, a classical musician, a composer and song writer, I can tell you that you two are a bright spot in my musical life! I wish the greatest success and happiness! Thanks for sharing your unique vision of what popular music can be - even in this day and time.

12

I came across your version of IF I FELL
Wow, that was it. After that I watched about 15 of your you tube videos.
I'm hooked. I will come to you next gig in London. You are both very talented and gorgeous. I will check your Orange album soon. Much love, and thank you for the music. xxx

13

Very excited for this news I think it’s a great idea

14

So love your music! What a breath of fresh air! I too am asking that question about an American tour. . . There's a great little venue in Portland Oregon called The Aladdin, would be a wonderful place to hear you perform! Thank you again for the wonderful music and the smiles you bring!

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I love your voices and the way you blend them, the way you have of refreshing the old hits with awesome accuracy yet infusing them with your own special talents. It’s clear you are covering the with honesty and truth. But still absorbing them and giving them back las re-made offerings! Keep ‘em coming!!

16

I was playing music in the 60-70's. When I listened to You two play revolution I had to get my bass out. Your dad will understand.....Told the wife that is a bands song. Strong beat and you have fun playing it.

17

You gals ROCK! Found you via The Zombies, Fan Club FaceBook Site. I couldn't be happier with your cover of their song, Time of the Season. And your version of Scott McKenzie' San Francisco sends me right back to the 60s. So I just ordered your new Orange Album & Beatles Covers, both are wickedly good. Stay FAB & continue to make great music. T

18

First of all I would like to say that you are amazing singers.....and I love yours sense of humor and the good energy that I received from you, when I see your videos!!!.....congrats girls......I live im Brasil.....and I have been trying to speak english for a long time (without success).....and I want to know if are you planning to make a journey in my country?.......kisses and hugs from Brasil

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As you, I deeply hope that one day they come to Brasil for a tour, and if it really happens, I will do anything to see them wherever they were, here in Salvador, or in any other Brasil's cities. But, my dream is to see them in London where I had been for three months in 2018 and forgot to check if they were on tour. Well, let's see, and let's hope that GOD listen our prays and make them planning a tour over here.

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I love you girls, I found you searching Beatles song and you appeared haha, and since then I become your incondicional fan. I would suggest a song for you, "Till there was you" is a song make or you, sweet and fresh like you. Regards.

21

Love your music!!!!!!! Listen on way to work and back!!!! Are you ever coming to Cleveland,Ohio?

22

Love your music!!!!!Listen in the car when I go to work and from work . Love your sound !!! Also Love the Beatles. Traveled to Liverpool this summer to see their birthplaces, the casba , etc, etc, Keep doing what you are doing!!!Are you ever going to be in Cleveland, Ohio?

23

Bonjour à vous, je suis du Québec et je partage entièrement votre position sur la musique d'aujourd'hui. Bien qu'il y ait encore des super chansons qui sont composé, les mélodies d'autres chansons sont nul voir même exaspérante. J'adore votre style et j'écoute souvent votre musique. Bonne continuité.

[Google Translate:

Hello to you, I am from Quebec and I fully share your position on today's music. Although there are still some great songs that are composed, the melodies of other songs are naught or even infuriating. I love your style and I often listen to your music. Good continuity.]

24

I am one of the older generation. I,m so glad i discoverd your music. Especialy Beatles covers !

25

When are you coming to America???????

26

Greetings from Australia. I am old enough to remember when The Beatles were in the charts.
I love your "Bus Stop"
All the luck in The World to you both.
Cheers, Ross.

27

Hey MLT,You guys are the best,I hadnt heard about you until about 12mths ago whilst watching Foxtel a show came on which i cant remember the name right now but it was a 30 min show with bands foing covers of well known bands eg The Eagles cover band,then at the start of the dhow one day the hosts of the show said we have a treat at the end of the show for all you Beatles fans + then it was you guys doing 3 ×Beatles covers,+thats when i started to look into who you guys were,+the rest they say is history,I live in Perth,Western Australia,Would love you guys even more if you guys toured here one day,maybe ?? But love what you guys do,love your harmonies love the songs you do,so keep them tunes coming,Love you guys to bits,Cheers Tony

28

Keep up the great music girls.

29

Great sound! I absolutely love it

30

I love the new orange. Heck i don't think you two can do anything bad THANK YOU.

31

Please don't stop doing what your doing. you and the music are awesome. I agree todays music is so so. i just found out about you lady's a month ago and have been hooked since. I love love the old'es. i watch your video's daily .i love to watch two beautiful young lady's perform. You have fan forever . Thank you very very much.

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hello, im spanish and english is very basic and bad, but i try, beautiful girls with beautiful voices, im in love, great great job i wish you the best for you, im a little guitarrist i know some chords and like sing, but never you do, jjjjj, millions of kisses for you, congratulatoons for your music

34

You are fantastic!
two twin lights in this disenchanted musical universe.
thank you very much
A french fan

35

Thanks a lot for your The Beatles music's covers! Especially for heartwarming version of While my guitar gently weeps.

36

Hey. I like the performance of the song "This Boy" in your performance. Such a sad, moody mood of the past. Very beautiful song. I wish you all the best. A lot of good songs.

37

Ihr seid ziemlich genial! Kommt Ihr mal nach Salzburg? Schönen Gruß von dort 🙂

38

Hi Mona, hi Lisa!
I love what you are doing, how you are doing and what you've reached so far. Keep on going, keep on rocking. I personally love "Count on me" from the Orange album most, bec. it "opens" slowly like a tender blossom to the end of the song.

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Fernando Escasany

Siempre estoy buscando covers de temas que superen el original. Soy fan de las instrumentaciones y los arreglos. El tema "Still A Friend Of Mine" me parece una de las composiciones más lindas que he escuchado.
He estado en Londres, en Edimburgo y en Liverpool. Tuve la suerte de estar en muchos de los sitios en los que ustedes se presentaron a cantar como "The Cavern".
A mi en lo particular me gusta la música que va desde 1964 a 1969 porque es (creo yo) donde se produce un "brainstorming" de composiciones melódicas y originales que perdurarán por muchas décadas más interpretadas por otras bandas y con otros arreglos.
Mis felicitaciones a las 2. Van por buen camino y las sigo en vuestro canal.
Fernando
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I'm always looking for cover songs that go beyond the original. I'm a fan of instrumentation and arrangements. The song "Still A Friend Of Mine" seems to me to be one of the most beautiful compositions I have ever heard.
I've been to London, Edimburgh and Liverpool. I was fortunate to be in many of the places where you performed as "The Cavern".
I particularly like the music that goes from 1964 to 1969 because it is (I think) where there is a brainstorming of melodic and original compositions that will last for many decades more performed by other bands and with other arrangements.
My congratulations at both of you. They're on the right way and I'm following on your channel.
Fernando.

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Michael Blankenheim

Regarding the MonaLisa Twins new "Still a Friend of Mine" ORANGE vid, my own words can't describe it. Instead, from poet John Keats: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsiKXfFkRoA&feature=share

41

It's great hearing music from the 60s again. The things they play today just don't stick with you. It's great hearing new versions of the old songs that you ladies do. They get into your head and your heart, not like the guitar bashing of today. Someday I would really love to hear you Ladies play, Johnny Rivers, Summer Rain. Today I turned 63 and hearing you two Girls play the oldies, with all your enthusiasm, and your lovely eyes and smiles. Takes me back to a Time when life was simple, when all you needed in life is a frisbee, a joint, and the music you two Ladies are bringing back to life. Thank you so much. Your truly amazing with all you do.

42
Michael Blankenheim

New MLT self-description from their Twitter: “Music-making twins that decided that the world needs a lot more orange and a lot less clockwork!” Absolutely correct. Damn TOO MUCH clockwork, not enough orange.

43

Hi,

Just found out about you. Really nice that someone picks up this music style and write new songs.

You also play covers with great respect for the original songs. Great work!!

Beeing an old Beatles fan it really reaches my heart.

When can we expect to see you in Sweden or Denmark?

I'd book a ticket (to ride) immediately!! ????

Best Regards and hope to see you soon in a theatre near me!!

Johan /Landskrona, Sweden.

44

I just received my first purchase (2 cd) in a package with little touches. fantastic. I love you girls. I ordererd 2 others .

45

Love your work. So talented and such good songs. You mention a trip to Australia. When may that happen?

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Michael Blankenheim
47

When will we see "MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles & More Vol. 2"?

48
Narinder Sharma

Dear Mona and Lisa, I absolutely loved reading your blog, it really spoke to me. I love 60s music, especially the Beatles. Growing up after the 60s had passed, I didn't witness the Beat scene first hand, but I developed a passion in my teens for everything Beatles related and 60s music in general. I'm still on a journey going back in time and rediscovering little gems of songs from the past, so reading about your own musical journey really resonated with me. Loving your renditions of the songs and loving all your vids, keep 'em coming. I hope to see you play live one day. With best wishes, Narinder

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Michael Blankenheim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h9udS8mxkE&feature=push-u&attr_tag=jJ0ug0kcwDCplW01-6
A simply beautiful presentation of a powerful song, performed in that special place where art becomes magic!

50

I agree with you whole-heartedly. The music industry has taken creativity and originality out of today’s music, instead choosing to flog a standard sound that “sells”. The television singing competitions are glorified karaoke contests and finding good musicians who play and write original music is an exercise in futility. You’ve made the right decision to keep control of your music, and the many fans that you have attracted shows that there is definitely a desire to return to the glory days of music. Keep up the great work girls, you’re very talented artists.

51

The more I listen to ORANGE(I listen everyday) the more i hear new things. Such as the influences of the Zombies, BEATLES, Lovin Spoonful, John Sebastian, just to name a few. Mona and Lisa have Transcended a sound born 50 years ago into today's market. ORANGE brings the 60's back into our lives like never before. They may be only 23 but, they have captured that PHENOMENAL SOUND once again. ORANGE will be talked about for decades to come. Ladies you and your INCREDIBLE team have done something no one else has done in 50 years. All songs on this album could stand alone on their own but, having all them on the same album BRILLIANT! Once you have it you can't put ORANGE Down.

52

Dear Mona and Lisa, you are simply magic. I am right back from my music room where I accompanied "wide, wide land" on my drums. Your vocal harmonies are incredible. I had the luck to grow up with the Beatles... and am so glad for your "Orange" record that really gives back meaning to music in our days. I live in Berne, Switzerland. When will you perform in our country?? With lots of love Markus

53

Quite often I play around at YouTube enjoying rare or unknown live performances, usually back to 60's and 70's as I get bored about all the new "modern" style of music. Suddenly I discover these wonderful girls rocking around with Beatles songs like they have never done anything else! WoooW! The sound, the rhythm, just amazing! I just love it!

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Michael Blankenheim

It is now 2018, and the world needs to know what they say about Austrian girls is true: Don't mess with their guitars! 2:34 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeZWbOdniMk

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