Greg Mendez & Neil O’Neil
“Gum Trash” / “Turnstile Effect”
words by tom johnson
Serving up a big double hitter today, we’re very pleased to unveil a new track each from both Greg Mendez – whose new band includes Evan Bernard of The Superweaks, Ian Farmer of Modern Baseball, and Cody James Wren of Decent, who releases a new album next month – and Neil O’Neil, the solo project of Donovan Wolfington’s Neil Berthier, who will join Greg on a joint tour around the US across the first half of next month (see below for the full set of dates.
A staple of the bedroom-pop community since 2006, Philly’s Mendez releases his new album, Gum Trash, on February 2nd and we’re very pleased to unveil its title-track today. A punchy but moody two-and-a-half minutes, the track is indicative of Mendez’ ability in craft simmering, atmospheric lofi pop songs that drift a little on first listen before needling their way in to your wider conscience. Check it out below right now.
A few months ahead of Donavon Wolfington’s final ever show – at a Community Records showcase that GFP is helping to curate – the band’s Neil Berthier is also working on a new solo record, which is expected to be released a little later this Spring. What we have, for now, is ‘Turnstile Effect’ a new standalone single and an eminently pretty moment of reflection, one that simmers for most of its running time before suddenly leaping in to something altogether more aggressive for its final, fist-clenched soiree, shifting the entire mood of the track in the process. Have a listen here.
As mentioned, the pair head out on tour together, starting on February 2nd in Boston. Here’s the flyer, be sure to catch them if you can: