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The Pity List

  • 1. Florida to the Radio
    2. Thinking Out Loud
    3. Last Time, The
    4. Great Big World, The
    5. Getting to the End of You
    6. Sodium Pentothal
    7. I Was the One
    8. End of the Line, The
    9. I Wanna Be Your Gun
    10. Sold on You
    11. Highway Blues
    12. Ballad of the Bailing Man
    13. Get Out, Good Night
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2017

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Stamey; The Mayflies USA
    EngineerChris Stamey; Matthew McMichaels; The Mayflies USA

    The Mayflies USA: Matthew Long, Matthew McMichaels (guitar); Adam Price (bass); David Liesegang (drums).
    Additional personnel includes: Mike Daly (pedal steel guitar, organ); Laird Dixon (guitar textures); Margaret White (violin); Chris Eubanks (cello).
    Recorded at Modern Recordings, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    Personnel: Matthew McMichaels, Liard Dixon, Matthew Long (guitar); Margaret White (violin); Chris Eubank (cello); Mike Daly (organ); David Liesegang (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Chris Stamey; John Plymale; Tim Harper.
    Recording information: Fidelitorium, Kenersville NC; House, Old Lystra Road, Chapel Hill NC; Modern Recording, Chapel Nill NC.
    Photographers: Dr. Boyce Collins; Susan McMichaels; Daniel Coston; Christa Cox; Virginia Lohr.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Mitch Easter.
    THE PITY LIST, as the album's title suggests, is a shameless cry for attention from a highly undervalued band that has spent a significant amount of time playing the underdog role. The pure pop sensibility of Chapel Hill, North Carolina's The Mayflies USA has placed the band on the outer fringe of a scene that has typically endorsed a more unstructured form of the classic indie-rock sound. Taking an overt stand is a difficult decision to make; yet, for The Mayflies USA, it appears to be the best choice--one that has been a source of the band's uniqueness.
    The most notable difference between THE PITY LIST and its predecessor, 1998's SUMMERTOWN, is the former's less-than-pristine studio sheen. This earnest attempt at capturing the band's live aesthetic is precisely what makes THE PITY LIST an admirable follow-up. There are, however, familiar moments of pure pop-rock bliss--complete with crisp harmonies--as evidenced by "Sodium Pentathol," but tracks like "The Last Time" scream with a newfound urgency.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (9/4/00, p.24) - "...Power-pop [mixing] gorgeous harmonies, chiming guitars, and lilting melodies...with a strong sense of their lineage..."
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