The Lemons (Mongolian band)

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The Lemons
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Background information
OriginUlaanbaatar, Mongolia
GenresRock, Pop-Rock, Indie Rock, Electronic Rock
Years active2004–present
LabelsHi-Fi[1]
Websitethelemons.mn
Members
  • Odno (Odbayar)
  • Tulgaa (Enkhtulga)
  • Anar
  • Uugii (Unurbayar)[1]

The Lemons is a four-member Mongolian Rock band formed in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. They succeeded with their debut album 'Red' in December 2006.

Members & Activities[edit]

The band consists of 4 members, lead singer Odnoo, guitarist Tulgaa, bassist Anar, and drummer Unurbayar. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Odnoo established himself as a national style icon. His sunglasses and hat became a signature for him and the band. Lead singer Odnoo were guitarist in metal rock band called 'Metronome', guitarist Tulgaa was also in a different band called 'Midnight' before joining together as The Lemons. As kids, they all were interested and passionate about music, specially live music, and were somewhat related musically. Band bassist Anar graduated from Music and Dance College of Mongolia, guitarist Tulgaa's family background were connected to music, and they connected and found each other through their common interest in live music.

The band secured a devout following after their impassioned set at the 2006 Playtime Festival (Mongolia's first and biggest rock fest). After their first performance at Playtime festival they started to participate annually as they continuously gained a common crowd. Their annual performances at Playtime have consistently been lauded. They are known by their unique fresh and memorable music and deeply poetic lyrics. Almost every song is written in Mongolian language and they said in an interview about how melody comes first and the suitable lyrics comes afterwards. The Lemons enjoys modernist writers of Mongolia such as Ayurzana, and Ulziitugs; which one of their song 'Shunu Dund Tsas Orj Baina (Snowing at midnight)' is written by Ulziitugs's poem with same name.

Discography[edit]

Their Red Album was the first rock album released by a Mongolian band to achieve national commercial success without heavily compromising its rock sound. Critics described it as sounding similar to early work of The Strokes.[1] Its hits were Hairtai (Love you) and Dzuud Noirondoo(in the dream) (transcribed from the Mongolian Cyrillic alphabet). The band was able to devote its energies full-time to music and began playing multiple shows a week at Ulaanbaatar music venues.

In 2009, The Lemons released their second album, Залуу Ленины Ойролцоо Зн Давхарт (roughly On the 3rd floor, around young Lenin.) It expanded the band's sound to include influences from post rock to punk rock. Due to its more challenging sound, the album was less popular than their first effort, though in the three years since their first album the core Mongolian rock audience had expanded significantly and almost universally declared it a triumph.

In 2015, The Lemons released their third studio album, III. The album consists of 10 tracks, most famous tracks are Сүүлийн уянга (Suuliin uyanga) and Paradise. At the same year, The Lemons performed their 3rd big concert at Crocus Event Hall, in Mongolia. Their third studio album 'III' attained a nationwide cult status due to its marketable pop synth blend.

In 2016 May, The Lemons performed their first and last 'Unplugged' concert at Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. They performed their most famous songs and cover songs by their favorite artists with acoustic guitars and orchestra. Following the 'Unplugged' concert, they released an 'Unplugged album' and DVD of the concert.

In 2018, they released their first 'Red album' in a vinyl form with only 500 copies.

2006 Red Album
  • Zuud Noirondoo (In Dreams)
  • Tsenher Nud (Blue Eyes)
  • Eleg Buur
  • Hairtai (Love You)
  • Melkhii Gunj (Frog Princess)
  • Harah Durtai (Like to see...)
  • Night of Ulaanbaatar
Hi-Fi Media Group
2009 On the 3rd Floor, around Young Lenin
  • 1983..86
  • Misheet
  • Earth
  • Tsag Agaar (Weather)
  • Yadargaa (Stress)
  • Sex, Rock, & ...
  • Baisan (Was)
  • Aldagdsan Ayalguu (Lost Melody)
  • The Hoofa
  • Uur Ertunts (Another Universe)
  • Shunu Dund Tsas Orj Baina (Snowing at midnight)
Hi-Fi Media Group
2015 III
  • Earth II
  • Dulguun
  • Husel (Wish)
  • Monad
  • Har Hereeni Duuli (Tale of black raven)
  • Paradise
  • Suuliin Uyanga (Last Harmony)
  • Uur Ugluu (Distant Morning)
  • Ulaan Hot (Red City)
  • Gurvan Uliral (3 Seasons)
White Arch Studio

Hi-Fi Media Group

2016 Lemons Unplugged in UB
  • Tsenher Nud (Blue Eyes)
  • Dulguun
  • Harah Durtai (Like to see...)
  • Paradise
  • Monad
  • Melhii Gunj (Frog Princess)
  • Sex, Rock, & ...
  • Shunu Dund Tsas Orj Baina (Snowing at midnight)
  • Budiig Anh Haraad Tursun Setgegdel (First Impression of Mercury)
  • Eleg Buur
  • 1983..86
  • Tsag Agaar (Weather)
  • Suulin Uyanga (Last Harmony)
  • Hairtai (Love You)
  • Husel (Wish)
  • Gurvan Uliral (3 Seasons)
2018 Red Album Vinyl

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Newby, Jake. The Lemons, Time Out Shanghai, Shanghai, 15 August 2011. Retrieved on 7 January 2018

2. http://thelemons.mn/#about

3. http://hi-fi.mn/shop/rock/lemons-unplugged-ub/

4. http://www.sonin.mn/news/easy-page/21844

5. https://www.unread.today/posts/post/382

6. http://montsame.mn/read/93411

7. https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/artists/22519

8. http://time.mn/n/j0e