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 Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore.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

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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1

Simply put - a great take on already great music. Incredibly refreshing. As a musician myself I can appreciate the hard work you must put in to make your sound unique. Come & tour USA!!!!

2

I enjoy your fresh takes on great music. I look forward to seeing you grow and progress in your career. Good luck on your journey!

3

Hello MonaLisa...it is natural for someone my age to admire your sound. I, too, have been a musician for quite a long time and it is only predictable that I would gravitate towards your musical journey. You seem to have captured the spark of an era. Yes, the current music of "today" leaves a lot to be desired. I am still active on my local music scene in New England, USA. My band THE BOXCAR KINGS are (and will have some new music up) on YOUTUBE. When younger people pay homage to the music of my generation (and do it so well) it is only natural to become a fan.

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Verdaderamente estoy mas que feliz haberlas encontrado en mis busquedas continuas de buena musica por youtube, alli las descubri una noche en la que sentia ganas de volver a escuchar un poco de los beatles, y de pronto se hizo la luz al ver este material que lo hacen con tanta emocion y cariño dedicada a la buena musica. Si coincido con ustedes en que la nueva generacion no ha tenido el privilegio que hemos tenido nosotros yo con mis 59 años he podido disfrutar de esa buena musica que hasta hoy es y sera incomparable con estas epocas. Mis felicitaciones chicas, son unas genias al ejecutar esos instrumentos y vocalizar esos bellos temas que me llevan al pasado maravilloso de una musica que no debe perderse en los tiempos.Desde argentina un abrazo enorme y muchos exitossss. guillermo

5

I stumbled upon you gals while walking along the Facebook Highway. What a treat and a thrill to hear the two of you. I saw A Hard Days Night when I was thirteen years old. My world perspective changed. Here were these lads from Liverpool giving us the greatest music, while they had fun doing it. Now I see the MonaLisa Twins giving it to us again. I'm looking forward to original releases that will wow the world. Can't wait. Rock On!! And, be true to the music.

6

You girls are truly gifted, you need to come to the states and continue your musical dreams! Don’t change your style or your music both are winners ,please have your agent contact me and I will help with some possible promotion for you young ladies, I also have some family roots in your native Austria, God Bless!

7

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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