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 Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore.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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I'm in love with you both and everything you're doing. What a treasure! Not everything today sucks, just most of what's considered "popular" music. But then again the consumers of said music are listening to it on cell phone speakers and thinking it's fabulous so what do they know? Everything you do sounds sublime. So much talent! Thank you so much for persevering and sharing it with us!

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Howard Thomas

Your just fab 😎😎😎😎😎

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BRIAN C. MORRISON

LOVE IT...ALWAYS room for campy fun over the airwaves! BLESS YOU AND YOURS, Bri

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BRIAN C. MORRISON

TERRIFIC job on Orange...only other person who's done it big and brassy...Nellie Mckay... at age 60, believe me, I get it...AGREE 100% the effect the Fab Four had on you, and me as well...I remember Xmas of '65 when "Rubber Soul" was released...BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES...Love, your friend Bri from The United States of THROW THE BUM OUT IN NOVEMBER...

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1960's was my time when it comes to music. I lived through that period when the Beatles came over and that started the British Invasion. You girls have embraced that music and have done a wonderful job bringing back those songs and that sound and you also embed that that sound into your originals. Keep on doing it.

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Robert Miller

Love your music and talent! Please release an album of your own music, and release it on ITUNES. If you come back to the U.S., please come to San Diego.

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Michael Rieger

Please do Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows”!

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Gert Just Jensen

Just go through their videos. They did a great cover of that song a long time ago

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Michael Rieger

Have you two beautiful voices ever considered doing a cover of the Brian Wilson classic “God Only Knows”? I would love to hear your spin on it!

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Jacki Hopper

Yes, as Gert states, checkout their version, in fact, many MLT fans became MLT fans because of that song😉🎼🎵🎶😎

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Michael Rieger

I just viewed the cover of Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows”. I am speechless. It brought tears to my eyes!

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Oh Brian would be proud of Mona and Lisa's beautiful version!

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I'm sure that many of us who were born in the 1950s feel uncomfortably detached from post-90s rock music. It's amazing to me how "evergreen" the 60s music is, and I love the sensitivity you bring to it all. I bet the Beatles BBC sessions were quite a delightful discovery when you were starting out, huh? Glad you chose to include "World Without Love" btw, as I sometimes feel that's what we're stuck with in these paranoid times. And I dig the complementary guitar parts in "Time of the Season", those are just 2 of my faves😎. And the Christmas cd, it's wonderful. Cheers! John Hitz

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Gordon Gidluck

Keep doing what you are doing! I am so impressed with your music! All the best!

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