The Mendoza Line : Fortune
After many twists, turns and detours, where are The Mendoza Line of 2004 currently heading? In true Twister style, they’ve got one toe on the Dylan circle, a left hand balanced on the path left by the early Rolling Stones, and a whole foot embedded in the country/folk genre, whilst still touching upon an original direction with their right hand.
The recently released Before I Hit The Wall epitomises the view from the Mendoza scaffold; its relaxed verse launching into an abrasive chorus that ventures in and out of the folk boundary, branded with weighty guitars and a backbeat from Sean Fogarty that will have even the most apathetic doubters jumping around the room.
There's a timeless element built into Fortune - the opening of Fellow Travelers, the tempo of An Architect's Eye, and the vocals on Metro Pictures all have a distinct Velvet Underground influence to them; with a calming narrative that reassures the listener that The Mendoza Line are on track, so sit back and loosen up.
Undoubtedly one of the shiniest treasures waiting to be discovered in the record stores so far this year, the beautiful Fortune is currently on a high street near you, waiting to be discovered . . .
:: Paul Newbold