The Black Lemons' fans say they sound like, The Beatles, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Tubes, The Pixies, Steely Dan, ELO... The '70s and '80s influences are clear, but the magic is in how all of these references come together to create The Black Lemons' sound.
Songwriter/bass player Stephen Simon says, “Write it and record it like David Bowie. Play it live like Iggy Pop.” The Lemons' songs are easy to listen to and rewarding to dissect. The catchy tunes belie the complicated lyrics. You're bopping your head along to the music before you realize you're contemplating the nature of your existence.
Stephen, and guitarist, Jay Lawrence, shuffled instruments and players, until they picked up Philadelphia native Scot Sax on drums. Scot is a successful musician in his own right, with two major label deals, and a Grammy for song writing. Stephen jumped over to bass, and, voilà, The Black Lemons.
Their new EP, You're Never Gonna Have Enough Money, features four on the floor rhythms, and puts the David Bowie influence front and center with the title cut You're Never Gonna Have Enough Money, and a cover of Bowie's 1972 hit, John, I'm Only Dancing.
The Black Lemons
You're Never Gonna Have Enough Money
1- All We're After (4.26)
2 – Go (3:52)
3 - John, I'm Only Dancing (David Bowie) (3:58)
4 – Remember Mother (2:59)
5 – Make You Over (3:24)
6 – We Will (4:46)
7 -You're Never Gonna Have Enough Money (3:42)
(Songs in blue are featured singles.)