Independent label Dine Alone Records has partnered with revered musician Nate Mendel to release his first solo album, If I Kill This Thing Weâ€™re All Going To Eat For A Week, under the moniker Lieutenant on March 10th. Beginning today, fans are invited to stream a new song, â€œBelieve The Squalor,â€ at Stereogum.com and pre-order the album at iTunes and in a variety of bundles and formats at http://dinealonestore.com.
Mendel, also known as bassist for popular rock band Foo Fighters, highly influential emo act Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft, is venturing into uncharted territory as the primary songwriter, guitarist and singer for his first solo project, Lieutenant. After two decades of honing his technique on bass, Mendel was determined to step into a new role as the songwriter and frontman.
Mendel entered Foo Fightersâ€™ studio, Studio 606, in August of 2012 with meticulously constructed demos, arrangements and melodies worked out for each of the songs. With the help of drummer Joe Plummer (The Shins, Modest Mouse) the two laid down the backbone of the record, tweaking the tracks as they went along, while producer/engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet) joined Mendel in studio to assist with the infamous Neve console.
During the recording, Mendel and Kasai hosted a slew of guest musicians in the studio including guitarist Page Hamilton (Helmet) and Josiah Johnson (Head and the Heart) who appear on â€œBelieve The Squalorâ€ and vocalist Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate) and Foo Fighter bandmate/guitarist Chris Shiflett who appear on â€œThe Place You Wanna Go.â€
Mendel finds a natural groove on If I Kill This Thing Weâ€™re All Going To Eat For A Week. The music draws listeners in with sincere lyrics and keeps them moving with echoed, jangly guitars as heard on standout tracks like â€œRattled,â€ â€œPrepared Remarksâ€ and â€œBelle Epoque.â€
Lieutenant recently made its live debut with a string of warm up shows in Southern California. The lineup in tow featured Mendel along with Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes) on bass, Paul â€œPabloâ€ Wilson (Snow Patrol) on guitar, Jorma Vik (The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx) on drums and Kasai on keys. Additional spring dates will be announced soon, including a performance at SXSW in March.
Follow Lieutenant at https://www.facebook.com/lieutenantband for additional updates.
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