The New Mendicants

The New Mendicants

Into the Lime

Ashmont Records

Well, they call themselves a super group, but I’m not sure “Teenage Fan Club” plus “The Scud Mountain Boys” equals the same skill set as “Cream” or the “Traveling Willburys,” but this North of the Border project makes a great power pop sound, it’s based on the ideals of recent indie pop rather than the narrow band music of Phil Spector or the Beatles.

I jumped into the middle of this collection and tracked “A Very Sorry Christmas” as the opener. As holiday themed tunes go, it’s more bitter and introspective than the usual holiday glurg; the band sold me with a truly priceless lyric: “They Hate Me.” And I love them for that thought. On to “Cruel Annette,” here we have actual vocal harmony done acapella. The lyrics are about identical twins wooing the same girl, but there’s a smudge of the old British invasion sound here – simple melodies, warm and touching vocals and a simple love lament unencumbered by texting or the internets or any chance of unfortunate pictures posted on someone’s cell phone. On to “Lifelike Hair”, that’s the sort of title that could make for a decent New Wave band name. These lyrics are much more modern, it’s about lonely men in the King’s Navy and even with its chanting chorus and psychedelic guitar line it’s a topic more suited for the new millennium.

But overall, this is a pleasant pop listening experience with well thought out chords and no political baggage. Maybe this is what Super Groups have finally come to–a couple of guys offering up superior music with lyrics that don’t sneer, don’t spit and don’t leave the toilet set up in the dark.;

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Sweet Crude
    Sweet Crude

    Créatures (Rhyme and Reason). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Gregg Allman, RIP
    Gregg Allman, RIP

    Michelle Wilson gives tribute to the voice of an angel. Gregg Allman, RIP.

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    So It Is (Legacy). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017
    From Montenegro to Moldova: The Best of SEEFest 2017

    For the twelfth year, the South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles showcased an impressive lineup of new features and shorts. Lily and Generoso Fierro provide a festival wrap up and their picks for the films that you cannot miss.

  • Justin Townes Earle
    Justin Townes Earle

    Kids In The Street (New West Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

From the Archives