Hello friends! Andrea Kremer here. I’m a recent addition to Team Pernice. And as one of my first orders of business, I have volunteered to author the first new “news” item for this site in just about a year. That would be this post right here. You’re welcome.
Why the long silence? Well, as many of you know, though she is still overseeing the Pernice empire, our mutual friend Joyce is also busy doing Important Things, as Director* of Policy for newly elected Mayor Marty Walsh at Boston City Hall. Yup. Joyce is in charge of stuff. Like, a lot of really, really important stuff. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. Of course, this means she can’t work in her pajamas anymore, which makes her sad, but perhaps in her role as Director* of Policy she can work to implement more pajama-friendly policies throughout our fair city. I know I personally would appreciate that.
And Joe is… actually, as I write this, Joe is in Osaka, Japan — Higashi Shinsaibashi, to be precise — playing a gig this very evening with his newest project, The New Mendicants (more on that in a minute). So, here we are. Or rather, here I am, ready to keep you informed, in the unfortunate but necessary absence of Joe and Joyce.
So let’s get to the news. Remember a sentence or two ago, when I mentioned The New Mendicants? Here are a few things you might want to know about them:
- Who are they? They are a band comprised of Joe Pernice and Norman Blake — who, when not playing with Joe, is the songwriter and frontman of Scottish power-pop stalwarts Teenage Fanclub. Joe and Norman are joined on drums by Mike Belitsky, who also plays with The Sadies, a Canadian Country/Western band (yes, that is a thing).
- What about them? Well, they recently released their full-length debut album, Into the Lime. A lot of people have said nice things about it, including:
Popmatters: “The set can shift dynamically from stately folk to driving power-pop to lilting hazy tunes without showing its seams. The combination of Pernice’s melodic tendencies with Blake’s history in Teenage Fanclub is a perfect match.”
The Quietus: “…jangling, chiming guitars, glorious harmonies and an iron grasp of joyous melodies so firm as to turn coal into diamonds in a matter of seconds…”
New York Music Daily: “The New Mendicants….blend classic psychedelic and powerpop sounds from the 60s and 70s while adding their own wickedly tuneful edge.”
- Can I buy Into the Lime? Of COURSE you can. In fact, I think you should. Here’s where you can obtain your copy:
- Can I see them live? Well, if you live in Japan and have some free time between now and Sunday, you’re in luck, as they’re there right now. If you live in the US or Canada, stay tuned, as they are working on arranging more tour dates as we speak. No matter where in the world you are, you can follow all the action on their tour page, at http://www.thenewmendicants.com/live, or right here on the Pernice Brothers’ tour page at http://www.pernicebrothers.com/tour/.
- Can I friend them on Facebook so I don’t have to do any pesky “going to websites?” You bet: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewMendicants
- What if I have a short attention span? Yes, they’re on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/newmendicants.
I think this concludes your long-overdue Pernice update. It’s been a pleasure. I can’t promise I’ll be as witty as Joyce (tall order), nor as irascible as Joe (taller order), but I can promise I’ll be here, working diligently (in my pajamas! ha ha!), to serve all your Pernice-related needs.
Andrea [at] Ashmont Records [dot-com]
*PS – My bad: Joyce informs me that her official title at City Hall is not Director but in fact CHIEF of Policy. Chief. (Which means she is one typo away from being Chief of Police.)