The New Mendicants are a Canadian-based indie rock supergroup, consisting of singer-songwriters Joe Pernice and Norman Blake, both on acoustic guitar and vocals.
Pernice and Blake, the bandleaders, are both expatriate musicians currently living in Canada after marrying Canadian women; Pernice, from the United States, is best known for his work with Scud Mountain Boys and Pernice Brothers, while Blake, from Scotland, is associated with the band Teenage Fanclub. The duo first met in 2000 when their primary bands played a show together in London, England, and began collaborating as The New Mendicants after Blake's move to Canada.
Belitsky, a Canadian musician best known as a member of The Sadies, has frequently performed as a drummer on Pernice's band and solo projects] The band's first live performance was a show at Toronto, Ontario's Dakota Tavern. They have also undertaken tours of Australia and Spain. In concert, the band performs both its own material and alternate renditions of both Pernice Brothers and Teenage Fanclub songs] The band recorded a tour-only EP, Australia 2013 E.P., in 2013, and followed up with the full-length album Into the Lime in 2014. Into the Lime consists partly of songs that Blake and Pernice wrote for the upcoming film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel A Long Way Down, but which were rejected by the film's producers