The ORANGE Dream

MonaLisa Twins sitting on the floor and sifting through an old 60's vinyl collection

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 Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore.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

11 years, 7 albums, 100+ music videos, 27 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, joining the MLT Club, 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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John Mindenhall

I am 67 not the young fan you are looking for but have enjoyed your music. What I love is that you are enjoying performing which can be seen in your faces. And love the guitars and your playing. What make is that lead guitar and what other brands are you using. Listening to music through the years has been exciting .Been influenced by the 30s,40s,50s,60s,70s. A lot of chart music today does not touch the emotions of the heart where there should be life,fun, romance, a broken heart or maybe a message. Mona and Lisa please don't lose that joy and excitement you have in your music. One of great things of living in the 50s,60s,70s was that life was simple especially in Cairns ,Queensland,Australia when there was no smart phones, no net, no tv early in my years but we had radio and we got excited about the new hit songs coming next. And sometimes buy the vinyl record of that song. You are doing well. God bless you both and the band. John.

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John Leonard

i found your music by looking for Beatles covers on u tube. first saw "drive my car" and loved it. that song made me look for more of your music and led me to your web site.
i purchased beatles vol 2 and orange but for some reason i never listened to them for about 6 months. i drive at night so have a lot of time and decided to finally listen to orange. i loved it. it is just the type of music i love. the songs are original but a tribute the to the energy of the 60's. i find my self listening to your songs , originals and covers all the time. you are both great musicians and i think lisa's guitar playing is especially good.
i have since purchased your christmas cd and really like "all i want christmas to be". your interpretation of traditional christmas songs is refreshing.
i look forward to any thing new.

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Philip Cantrell

I have just bought your Christmas Album (physical and download) it was delivered today and look forward to listening it, being born in 1951 I was brought up listening to 50's and 60's music which I still prefer, I love your Beatles covers and some of which are in my opinion better than the originals, you always seem to be enjoying yourselves which seems to be missing in some of the musicians today, keep doing what you enjoy, looking forward to more releases from yourselves.

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I'f only I could be your drummer (and lead or back-up vocal)
cheers!

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Gert Just Jensen

I agree about modern music, or maybe i should devide that answer into two, because the music on the charts today is mostly horrible, and so lacking of inventiveness, it`s depressing, and if i`m listening to the radio at work i often go: If i hear that drum machine with that same rhytm in one more song, i`ll scream, but there is great music and artists outhere, today they`re just on youtube instead of in the charts, that`s how i found you way back. A little fun fact, it was actually the song Alone that made me subscribe, i would have anyway, because you sounded great, but the main focus for me has always been good songs with good lyrics, I think i remember Lisa once saying she was embarrased by it, and ok, it`s not a great song, but it showed even at that young age, a talent for putting a song together, and i`m so glad i subbed, because your growth as songwriters since then has been amazing. Songs like The WWL, Still A Friend Of Mine, Count On Me and In It For love, just to mention a few, matches what the greats back then, like Beatles, Dylan, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon did. It`s a pity that young people don`t get much of a chance to hear it, because when they do hear it, most of them like it. As you know i teach guitar, and uses a lot of 60`s songs, and 5-6 of yours too, and they always go down well. No matter what the dj`s play, i think there`ll always be an audience and a future for good songwriters

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Hi Mona and Lisa, I absolutely love what you are doing (I'm a new fan of only a couple days). You both are so talented, funny and beautiful! I had my Beatlemania in the early 80s. The two double vinyls blue and red (62-66 and 67-70). Are you familiar with these? I think I wore them out playing them over and over with my BIG headphones on laying on the floor for hours. I hope you come to the United States (Nebraska / Huskers) soon! Keep it up and I will do what I can to support you as described above.
Your new HUGE fan!
Greg

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Leandro Lopes

Wonderful!!!!! Brazil 🇧🇷

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Nice. You guys are talented. They sing very well, have a beautiful voice and make a perfect duet. And I really enjoy seeing and listening to you singing, in a cheerful and relaxed way.

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E' emozionante sentire 2 ragazze così giovani suonare le musiche dei miei tempi. complimenti siete bravissime. Ivanf49

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Wayne Strelecki

You guys(girls) are fabulous. Not mention cute and talented. Keep up up the great music!

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