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 Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore.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 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!!

3

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.

4

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

5

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

6

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.

7

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

8

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?

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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.]

10

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

11

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

12

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.

13

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

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Keep up the great music girls.

15

Great sound! I absolutely love it

16

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

17

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

20

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

21

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

22

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.

23

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

24

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

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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.

28
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.

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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.

30

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

31

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

34
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!

36

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.

37

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.

38

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

39

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

41

There was an explosion of music in the 60's unlike any period before or after it. This explosion didn't occur only in rock but multiple genres of music. I remember the 60's as a time of unbelievable transformation due to social unrest and the belief that we could challenge injustice, evil wars and environmental degradation. I remember being involved in marches, political and environmental clubs during this period. It's hard to believe how much attitudes changed over the 60's: civil rights, feminism, sexuality and peace versus war. I think it was this energy and optimism that powered the musical creativity of the period and that's why so much of the music is upbeat and often carries moral messages. Unfortunately, I feel like we are in a period where that optimism, energy and determination is needed more than ever before. Between the 60's and now, disillusionment, cynicism and greed seem to have overtaken hope. The Mona Lisa Twins bring back a sound, a rhythm and an optimism that is sorely needed in our times. All the best to the MLT team and their wonderful music. Maybe it is possible to bring back that 60's attitude along with its music.

42

Any hints on what fans can expect soon from the MLTs in early 2018? Hint, hint. Come on.

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You best believe I'm in!!
The MonaLisa Twins are the epitome of 60's style Music. They have transcended the music that was lost and forgotten 50 years ago by today's society. Mona and Lisa are the most phenomenal group rising on today's music scene. There harmonies are reminiscent of the Beach Boys. They continue to impress and their album ORANGE is the best to come along in the last 50 years

44

This is a little unrelated however I think you have some of the BEST music videos out there and I would love to see you transform then into an multi-channel HD video DVD/Bluray format for us audiophiles to enjoy. You have clearly worked hard on your productions, We would love to see and hear them to their full potential. Anyone agree???

45

So after over 2 months of listening to the Orange album almost every day, here are some additional thoughts I have of the Orange dream.

In 1966 the Beach Boys produced Pet Sounds album which was a revolution in rock and roll music song writing and studio production. In the studio Brian Wilson (at age 23) experimented with multiple tracks, and an array of instruments and studio production creativity never before seen in Rock music. Pet Sounds, http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beach-boys-pet-sounds-15-things-you-didnt-know-20160516, would be hailed by many critics as one of the greatest of all time Rock albums, although it did not have the same chart topping success as the Beatles “Sargent Peppers” Album would enjoy . The Beatles took notice and a year later did their own revolutionary album, Sgt Peppers http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-the-beatles-sgt-peppers-anniversary-editions-w484397

These two great albums would elevate Rock music to newer artistic depth and heights than ever before. When I listen to Orange, I hear influence from the kind of creativity and great song writing that went into Pet Sounds and Sgt Peppers, in a modern and unique sound of the MonaLisa Twins.

These two Beach Boys and Beatles covers Mona and Lisa did early in their careers, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdqMB1GEQAM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R-5xkbAAUA ) are just a couple of examples of the kind of musical influence they inherited from the greats of the 60s era. The studio versions of these classic songs they were able to re-produce in their very own unique style are just delightful, and it is this kind of experience that has made them the great songwriters, singers, and musicians they have proven to be today in Orange with their original music.

I just love “Sweet Lorraine”, among many others from Orange (like “Close to You”, “Count on Me”, “Club 27”, and “Still a Friend of Mine” etc…) with a wonderful beat music sound reminiscent of the 60s, enriched with the sounds of trumpet, band, and children’ chorus. As I have said previously I think their Orange Album take the elements from the greatest in Rock music over the last 50+ years in a fresh modern unique sound that is so missing today.

Just for fun: Pet Sounds vs Sargent Peppers

https://music.avclub.com/which-is-better-pet-sounds-or-sgt-pepper-s-1798288198

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Tony Pellinghelli

..Love your article !!,Love your music !!! Keep up the good work.Your Orange Dream should be a big success !!!! Keep on ROCKIN'

47

I cannot think of a better Christmas/holiday gift for anyone on your list. The Orange dream brings music to the listener that has not been heard in quite some time and cannot help to leave you lifted and happy. The 60s are certainly alive through Mona and Lisa and they have made the genre very relevant today! We all can use more positive upbeat influences in our lives and there is no better place to find it. Please try and see how wide the smile on your face becomes! 🙂

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Michael Blankenheim

Regarding the proper care and feeding of the MonaLisa Twins Orange tee shirt: If you wear it often, that means of course you will have to wash it often. AVOID, if you can, putting it in the dryer. Instead, just let it hang in the laundry room and let it dry naturally, which it does quickly as it is not one of those thicker tee shirts. The MonaLisa Twins tee has an incredible soft, satin-like feel to it. By putting mine in the dryer too often, it has started to lose some of that satin-like feel (I had this happen with sheets before. Should have known better!) OH WELL—guess I’ll just have to order another MLT tee! LOL

49

Not only have the MonaLisa Twins given the world an ingenious album but,also the best album in the last 50 years
Now they have taken it one step further. UOU CAN NOW GET ORANGE FOR THE UNHEARD OF 20% OFF PRICE! What are you waiting for? The Waiter? Rush out before its too late and treat yourself and others for Christmas! Sale ends Tuesday! Thank you Ladies for this incredible treat and your gift of music

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Michael Blankenheim

Fun techie things to know and tell: The MonaLisa Twins "Waiting for the Waiter" vid has up to 4k resolution on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCANQRkzKtY

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Michael Blankenheim

Regarding a U.S. holiday, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This Mona Lisa Twins vid expresses my thoughts well...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5u0EFwSezg

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