Mardeen @ the Capital (Fredericton), Aug. 1

Mardeen brings together the very best of the genre with distinctive pop hooks all their own. Think of the bright shimmering guitar of Built To Spill and Teenage Fanclub accented with the swirling distortion of My Bloody Valentine. Imagine the anthemic vocal delivery of Bob Pollard (Guided By Voices) or early Michael Stipe (REM) mixed with the sweet high harmonies of Rivers Cuomo (Weezer).

Mardeen’s upcoming debut album Read Less Minds and 2005’s critically acclaimed Friends Don’t Love EP were recorded by Halifax indie rock veteran Charles Austin (The Super Friendz, Buck 65). “They have a great melodic sense going for them,” Austin says, “that harkens back to the hookiest moments of Teenage Fanclub, or dare I say it, The Beatles or Zombies, coupled with ferocious guitars that owe as much to The Ramones as they do the current crop of jingle janglers!”

Music as expertly crafted and as confidently performed as this doesn’t just happen. It requires a solid foundation, a dedicated and shared vision. “It’s all in how deep the rock goes,” sings Travis Ellis in “Can You Feel It” from Read Less Minds. In the capable hands of these musicians, the rock is sourced from deep within that foundation, each song a polished gemstone.

“Matthew, Jon and I have been playing music together since we were 12,” explains Travis. The three grew up in the small community of Whycocomagh in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. “We are first cousins. The three of us write and record all of the songs.”

The song’s chorus asks two questions all music fans should ask themselves when assessing new songs: Can you feel it in your mind? Can you feel it in your body? In the case of Mardeen, the answer to both is a resounding yes.

1 Aug 2008 20:00 The Capital Fredericton, New Brunswick
3 Aug 2008 14:00 SAPPYFEST Sackville, New Brunswick

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