Sunday, January 19, 2014


Following the release of the Australia EP in the summer of 2013, the trio of Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Mike Belisky (The Sadies) delivers their debut long-player Into The Lime as The New Mendicants in January 2014.

The New Mendicants got their start in Joe Pernice's kitchen. In the wake of a recent relocation to Toronto, Norman Blake was re-introduced to his new neighbor Pernice through mutual acquaintance (and Pernice Brothers drummer) Patrick Berkery, who had met Blake during a recording project in Norway. A friendship and musical partnership quickly formed. Says Pernice: "...he said we should start a band together called The Mendicants. Well, I had literally one day earlier recorded a song called "The Mendicant" for the upcoming Scud Mountain Boys record. May God smite me if this is not the truth. I sent Norman the demo, and he wrote back: 'It's fate' ... Within minutes of hanging out in my kitchen we were booking recording dates."

The pair made their live debut with low-key public performances in a Toronto tavern, marked by plenty of wisecracking banter, open-tunings and sublime pop smarts -- the later of which are, along with long-established songwriting chops, on full display in their debut release.

Featuring 9 original nuggets of effervescent Hollies-style guitar pop laced with Simon and Garfunkel-esque vocal interplay, and a version of Sandy Denny's "By The Time It Gets Dark," Into The Lime is served up with a side of lyrical humor and a delicious sprinkle of darkness.

Into The Lime is available January 28th, 2014 via Ashmont Records.

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