songs:from the Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree is the solo project of one of the charismatic faces and heads of Nitzer Ebb, on tour again in europe right now. Bon Harris produced a few brilliant videos as „songs:from the lemon tree“ during corona times from home and confirmed to come to perform them live now.
As also other members of the band such as Douglas McCarthy and Dave Gooday run solo projects in between and promised to join SuperBooth in person, we just offered them this best of stage slots to make the party go, lets be surprised.
„Sound on Sound“ to the background of Bon Harris:
Back in 1983, five years before the official birth of techno in the clubs of Detroit, a couple of Essex teenagers started fooling around with modular synthesizers to create their own brand of minimalist, beat‑driven electro music. They called themselves Nitzer Ebb (an entirely made‑up name) and, eschewing the disco‑friendly synth pop that was in vogue in Britain at the time, turned for inspiration to bands such as Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, Killing Joke, DAF and Die Krupps.
Bon Harris is a founder member and principal music writer and synthesist in the group Nitzer Ebb.
Bon was born in Essex, England, and now lives in Los Angeles where he has continued a long musical career that includes studio production, film and TV scoring, teaching synthesis and music composition, and creative musical collaborations and performance.
In 2020 during the pandemic lockdown, Bon decided to use the time to return to singing - something he had not been able to find time for since the 2005 release of his “Maven” project on which he sang lead vocals.
The new project began as a causal series of a capella social media clips filmed whilst walking around his garden, amongst the citrus trees in Los Angeles.
The response to these simple posts was very positive, with people seeming to find some happiness and relaxation in the songs, the singing and the tranquil garden and sunshine.
After many requests to perform complete songs, and to arrange them in Bon’s unique and personal synthesizer style - Bon decided to commit to a series of 4 mini concerts, each containing 4 songs of specially arranged cover versions of songs that had a special significance for Bon during his early life and childhood - one song for each month in the particularly hard year in 2020.
The songs were performed and filmed under one of the Lemon Trees in Bon’s garden in Los Angeles, and the title of the project was born:
songs:from the Lemon Tree.
The concerts were released on social media platforms and YouTube and were intended as a form a free entertainment and encouragement for a population struggling with an unfamiliar and worrying new reality.
The concerts were intended as an an example of life, Hope and optimism in a dark and uncertain time. The response to the concerts was overwhelmingly positive, with many viewers sharing in the sense of positivity and reassurance that life could go on despite the challenging circumstances.
Bon received many requests for more filmed concerts, and requests to perform songs:from the Lemon Tree live once the pandemic restrictions were lifted.
Fast forward to Spring 2022. Bon is about to hit the road in Europe performing live shows with NEP and finally fulfilling the many requests to bring songs:from the Lemon Tree direct to live audiences through Europe and beyond.
Bon is looking forward to this new opportunity, providing more outlets for his love of singing, performing and creating electronic music for live audiences everywhere.