Mendoza Line is a band from Georgia fronted by singer-guitarists Timothy
Bracy and Peter Hoffman that plays traditional roots-rock with poppy melodies.
The 1996 recordings for their first album were released only seven years
later as If They Knew This Was the End (Bar/None, 2003).
The virulent folk-rock of Poems to a Pawnshop (Kindercore, 1997)
morphed into the serene and clever ballads of the EP
Like Someone in Love (Kindercore, 1998) and of the full-length
I Like You When You're Not Around (Kindercore, 1999).
Relocating to New York, the group released the mediocre and unfocused
We're All in This Alone (Bar/None, 2000).
Their art became more radio-friendly with
Lost in Revelry (Misra, 2002), the album that promoted
Shannon McArdle to third songwriting pillar of the band, and the
Thomas Pynchon-esque concept album Fortune (Bar/None, 2004).
Full Of Light And Full Of Fire (Misra, 2005), the first Mendoza Line
album without Hoffman,
coincided with the first album by Slow Dazle,
The View From The Floor (Misra, 2005), the side project of
Shannon McArdle and Timothy Bracy.
The Mendoza Line reached its creative peak with
30 Year Low (2007), a mature parade of realistic vignettes, musically
invigorating at least in 31 Candles and I Lost My Taste.
Tim Bracy and Shannon McArdle divorced after recording this album.
Final Reflections of the Legendary Malcontent (2007) is a collection
Shannon McArdle debuted solo with
Summer of the Whore (2008).
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