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The New Mendicants.

Byline: JULES BOYLE

Mono, Glasgow 16.07.13 AFTER relocating to Toronto, Norman Blake found himself neighbours with like-minded jangler Joe Pernice of Pernice Brothers fame.

No stranger to a collaboration, the Teenage Fanclub man and his new pal got together to write songs for a Nick Hornby film, but when the material was unused, the duo took it on the road instead with an album out later in the year.

Unsurprisingly, the work plays to both men's similar strengths. Lush, warm harmonies, deftly plucked guitar melodies and hearts worn firmly on sleeves were the order of the day, with the pair sat on chairs inches from the audience, giving the show a campfire get-together atmosphere.

Combining new tracks with much-loved gems from both their back-catalogues, Blake and Pernice were consistently entertaining, rolling off funny anecdotes and witty banter between each song.

Falling Down saw Blake teasing a fragile tune from a child's glockenspiel, while Sarasota was a deceptively glorious piece inspired by the tragic characters in Midnight Cowboy.

Covers of The Zombies and others were brilliantly reworked but it was the Teenage Fanclub tracks that really impressed.

It's All In My Mind and Dark And Lonely went down a storm with the home crowd but a surprise encore of The Fannies' debut single Anything Flows raised the roof, with the pair's flawless harmonies getting one last chance to shine.

JULES BOYLE
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 19, 2013
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