MINOR CHARACTERS SHARES “NOLA” VIA GLIDE MAGAZINE
WE CAN’T BE WRONG OUT APRIL 6TH
Chicago Trio To Support Company Of Thieves
For WXRT-Sponsored Show At The Cubby Bear On March 16th
Photo Cred: Chris Hershman
LISTEN Minor Characters – “Pimps of Freedom (Whores of D.C.)”
“An explosion of indie rock goodness ” – GLIDE MAGAZINE
Today, we are pleased to have GLIDE premiere “NOLA”, the kick off track from Chicago trio, Minor Characters’ forthcoming sophomore album, We Can’t Be Wrong. The song’s namesake was the first stop of the band’s indie rock travelogue, written after singer/guitarist, Andrew Pelletier, returned from the Big Easy soon after Katrina.
We may not be currently “[on our] way to New Orleans”, but we can certainly imagine what it was like to venture out into a city, which lost so much, just a year after Katrina hit.
Andrew reveals to GLIDE, “I always kept the song in my back pocket and when we were making this record I approached the band with it. I was once a wide eyed college kid who went down to help rebuild the city after the hurricane. When I arrived, I was shocked to be met with such death and destruction, yet a city undyingly full of hope. I fell head over heels for the place, it’s people, the Eden of American music. When I got home from the trip I wanted to go back immediately, so I wrote a song about it. I actually did go back, like three times in the next two years. Nola was originally a Nick Drake-ian folk tune but my bandmates wanted it to be roaring and bombastic and lead off the album.”
The track conveys a beautiful meaning of hope- a word that has come up a lot this past year as a reaction to our current climate of political chaos and division (see the new album’s first track, “Pimps of Freedom (Whores of D.C.)” premiered a few weeks back with MAGNET).
Minor Characters is a rock band in the truest sense. As lifelong Chicagoans, Pelletier, lead guitarist, Shelby Pollard, and drummer Thomas Benko, carry with them a very American blend of angst and hope. After their last record, Voir Dire (released in 2014), they collectively experienced “such a stressful moment” in their lives that it took a toll on their creativity and their desire to perform. As the world’s contentions in 2016 occured, they took months off to travel, which generated a powerful awakening to political and current awareness.
As a result, the new album, We Can’t Be Wrong demonstrates such revelations and venacular lyrics. It’s a deeply personal travelogue vignettes, tempered with sardonic reflections on the band’s health, pointing on the surface to geography, but underneath revealing a desire to escape the madness at home despite an inability to totally disconnect from Americanness.
We Can’t Be Wrong is slated for an April 6th release.
In the meantime, those in their hometown can check them out live on Friday, March 16 at a WXRT-sponsored show at the Cubby Bear in support of Company of Thieves.