Tuesday 12 December 2017

New pals find pop heaven

Mates: Joe Pernice and Norman Blake are New Mendicants
Mates: Joe Pernice and Norman Blake are New Mendicants
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: The new mendicants, Australia 2013 EP (One Little Indian) 3 STARS

What do you get if you take the frontmen from Teenage Fanclub and The Pernice Brothers and put them in a band together? Jangle pop heaven, that's what.

Norman Blake and Joe Pernice got acquainted in their newly adoptive home city of Toronto and this debut release, a six-track EP, offers something of an appetiser before a full album is unveiled early next year.

Elements of both men's much- loved bands are present and correct, especially on the low-key, but illuminating cover of the INXS song, This Time, which opens the collection and on one of three new, harmony-drenched songs, High on the Skyline.

Elsewhere there are faithful, if somewhat slight, acoustic versions of the Teenage Fanclub song, I Don't Want Control of You, and a latter Pernice Brothers cut, Amazing Glow.

The pair reportedly played a blinder at Dublin's Whelan's on Sunday and, as this EP demonstrates over its short run-time, there are plenty of reasons to believe that these new best friends will coax magic out of each other down the line.

KEY TRACKS This Time; High on the Skyline

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