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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy returns with his brand-new LP, The Gus, on the Mezzotint Label. The Gusis Mulcahy’s sixth solo record and follows 2017’s dynamic The Possum in the Driveway and his celebrated 2013 return record, Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You.

Long heralded by contemporary luminaries like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and covered by touchstone artists such as The National and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Mulcahy refuses to rest on laurels and turn out the same type of album twice. Inspired to “up his lyrical game” while reading a collection of short fiction by George Saunders, The Gus finds the songwriter channeling his eclectic voice and ear for melody into the role of storyteller more than ever before. The result is ten infectious songs that combine Mulcahy’s unique window on the world with stories that absorb listeners more with each spin. In addition to his celebrated solo career, audiences may also know Mulcahy as the frontman of seminal ‘80s rock band Miracle Legion or as “Muggy Polaris,” ringleader of Polaris, the fictional house band of the beloved ‘90s Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Both Miracle Legion and Polaris have reunited in recent years to tour and will likely do it again.

The lead track, ”Taking Baby Steps” from Mark Mulcahy’s brand-new LP, ‘The Gus’, out on Friday, July 5th

From his days with Miracle Legion and then Polaris, Mark Mulcahy has always had a laid-back, summer-porch pop styling that often betrays his complicated lyrics. On The Gus, Mulcahy unfolds a map of any neighborhood in America and then tears it apart, piece by piece, revealing a quiet underbelly of want and despair, of neediness and love in tiny truths and microscopic fictions.

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New Haven, CT band Miracle Legion. Of the many jangly guitar bands to form in R.E.M.’s initial wake, Now, two decades later, Mark Mulcahy’s legendary Connecticut outfit has reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that record

“Getting back with Miracle Legion was something I never thought about,” Mulcahy explains. “We always lived by ‘never say never,’ and so this is some perversion of that shitty motto. Even when we were together, there were many, many times I hated it so much I couldn’t think it would last another day.”

“I’ve always had a feeling of unfinished business,” Neal admits. “The wrong business won the first time around. There is still more to do.”

Miracle Legion were one of the best and their 1984 debut EP, The Backyard (and its fantastic title track), is just a flat-out classic of the ’80s college radio era. They signed to Rough Trade who released the also excellent Surprise Surprise Surprise, Glad and Me and Mr. Ray. They made two more albums after that: 1992’s major label debut Drenched; and in 1996 they released Portrait of a Damaged Family on Mulcahy’s Mezzotint label as the band fizzled out. If you’ve never dug into Miracle Legion’s catalog, it’s worth visiting .

Miracle Legion’s Portrait of a Damaged Family is getting a 20th Anniversary first-ever vinyl press for Record Store Day 2016 (and a digital reissue shortly after). Says Mulcahy, “I don’t think many people knew it came out the first time. I’m not sure I did! Unfortunately we never toured or did anything with it. We were all lost.”

They’ll get to rectify the touring part as the band — including lead guitarist Mr. Ray Neal, and their ’90s-era rhythm section of bassist Dave McCaffrey, and drummer Scott Boutier — are getting back together for shows in North America and the UK/Ireland.

Portrait of a Damaged Family reissue artwork/tracklist, a newly-unearthed live performance of the LP’s “Homer,” can be sen here.