10 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Unlike their debut EP, Australia, this debut LP by New Mendicants doesn’t start with a burst of pop goodness and then downshift into a mellow, mostly acoustic comfy chair for the remainder. The glistening power pop one might expect from Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) is all over the LP. Joined by drummer Mike Belisky of The Sadies, the trio sound like the convergence of so many highlights of ‘90s indie rock; it’s almost an embarrassment of riches. There is jangle; there are melody and harmonies to swoon for; there are vocals (mostly Pernice’s) ringing clearly with melancholy, humor, and sweetness. Pianos, congos, and marimbas are woven into the power pop mix with playful but meticulous care. “Sarasota” opens with a winsome Pernice Brothers vibe, while “Shouting Match” has Teenage Fanclub guitar energy and a robust shout-along chorus. “A Very Sorry Christmas” and “If Only You Knew Her” are evocative of the great Nick Lowe, one of the few influences here besides the band members themselves. “By the Time It Gets Dark” is a cover of a tune by the great Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Unlike their debut EP, Australia, this debut LP by New Mendicants doesn’t start with a burst of pop goodness and then downshift into a mellow, mostly acoustic comfy chair for the remainder. The glistening power pop one might expect from Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) is all over the LP. Joined by drummer Mike Belisky of The Sadies, the trio sound like the convergence of so many highlights of ‘90s indie rock; it’s almost an embarrassment of riches. There is jangle; there are melody and harmonies to swoon for; there are vocals (mostly Pernice’s) ringing clearly with melancholy, humor, and sweetness. Pianos, congos, and marimbas are woven into the power pop mix with playful but meticulous care. “Sarasota” opens with a winsome Pernice Brothers vibe, while “Shouting Match” has Teenage Fanclub guitar energy and a robust shout-along chorus. “A Very Sorry Christmas” and “If Only You Knew Her” are evocative of the great Nick Lowe, one of the few influences here besides the band members themselves. “By the Time It Gets Dark” is a cover of a tune by the great Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention.

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About The New Mendicants

The New Mendicants are an indie pop supergroup begun by Norman Blake of Scotland's Teenage Fanclub and Joe Pernice of the American group the Pernice Brothers. The two veteran songwriters first met in 2000 when their bands shared a bill together in London. Twelve years later they found themselves both living in Toronto and while rekindling their friendship, decided to form a new band. In early 2013, the duo recruited former Pernice Brothers drummer (currently with the Sadies) Mike Belitsky and wrote several songs intended for the film adaptation of their mutual friend Nick Hornby's book A Long Way to Fall. While none of the songs made it into the film, the group members were excited about the material and began recording the additional songs that would eventually comprise their debut album. Their low-key melodic songs blended key pop elements from all three members' primary bands while also recalling classic '60s pop like the Hollies and Peter & Gordon. Choosing to explore a D.I.Y. route for their first release, the Australia 2013 EP, they created a new label, XPT (short for Expat). Their next release, the single "A Very Sorry Christmas," was followed shortly thereafter by their debut LP, Into the Lime, in January 2014. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Canada
  • FORMED
    2013

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