(AUS) Independent label Dine Alone Record has partnered with revered musician Nate Mendel to release his first solo album, If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week, Under the moniker Lieutenant on March 13. Beginning Friday, fans can pre-order the album and get a instant download of the track ‘Believe The Squalor’.
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 not only to learn to play the guitar and sing, but also to develop his songwriting if for no other reason than to prove to himself he could succeed. If a decent album came out of it, then all the better.
The album that resulted was produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet) in Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 and features a slew of guest musicians; Page Hamilton (Helmet), Joe Plummer, (Modest Mouse), Josiah Johnson (Head and The Heart), Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), and Foo Fighter bandmate Chris Shiflett.
Despite only recently picking up the guitar and vocals, Mendel finds a natural groove on If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week. The music draws listeners in with sincere lyrics and keeps them moving with echoed, jangly guitars.
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 ‘Pablo’ Wilson (Snow Patrol) on guitar, Jorma Vik (The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx) on drums and Kasai on keys.
If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week track list:
1. Belle Epoque
2. The Place You Wanna Go
3. Believe The Squalor
5. Prepared Remarks
6. Some Remove
7. Sink Sand
8. Artificial Limbs
9. Lift The Sheet