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Download Gregory Mendez’s new single “Mexican Dinner”

Gregory Mendez | photo by Daniel Lidon
Gregory Mendez | photo by Daniel Lidon

Local singer-songwriter Gregory Mendez has released his debut single “Mexican Dinner,” along with b-side “Give or Take.”  The two tracks will appear on an upcoming EP called Songs From a Stairwell.  The Getting Sick musician teamed-up with friends and bandmates at Headroom Studio to record the album, choosing the meaningful and intimate setting of a stairwell for the tracking location.

Exhibiting a different side of musicianship from Mendez’s other projects, “Mexican Dinner” rolls along on a mid-tempo country lope with loose guitar strumming and minimal flourishes, letting the spotlight land on Mendez’s witty lyrics and Justin Townes Earle-esque vocals.  “Give or Take” is even more stripped-down, an acoustic moment-in-time that recalls a vulnerable scenario of having to beg for money.  Stream both songs below and check out a video of Mendez performing “Getting Well” with Jenna Smith here.  Songs From a Stairwell will be released this spring.

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Watch singer-songwriter Gregory Mendez perform in a West Philly staircase, download a new split EP

Singer-songwriter Gregory Mendez – formerly of lo-fi outfit Getting Sick – recently returned home to Philly from New York and is working on a solo EP called Songs From The Stairwell with producers Evan Bernard (from Dangerous Ponies) and Alex Wilson (from Gypsy Death and You).

The title is a reference to a low point in his life where Mendez actually lived in back of a staircase in West Philly, and he recently released a video performance one of the new songs, “Getting Well”, in that very spot. Stuffed in a teal corner, Mendez strums guitar while harmonizing the Nashville-style country ballad with North Carolina singer Jenna Smith at his side. Drawing on his turmoil from that time period,  the EP is much more stripped down than his other works, Mendez tells us. It will feature country instrumentation (lap steel, fingerpicked acoustic guitar). It will also be recorded in the staircase, so expect some nice echo.

Watch the video of “Getting Well” below, check out a recently-released split EP recorded with Smith, and keep an eye out for updates on Songs From A Stairwell here.