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Meet Jeremy Mendicino of That Mean, Nasty, Hideous Band Known As...Pretty & Nice

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Supporting their second album, Get Young! Boston indie rockers, Pretty & Nice will be playing the Knitting Factory on Sunday. Often compared to Elvis Costello and Devo these art rockers' spazzed out, messy, giddy sound has won them applause from the critics and the kids who just want to dance. (Or jump up and down as the case may be.) Lead singer and founding member Jeremy Mendicino, was kind enough to talk to us from the road on Sunday. Here is some of what was said.

How did you guys get together?
Holden and I met doing a movie to Berlin. We were climbing a mountain and were so close to heaven, that Saint Peter gave us our name.
(Yell from the back) He made that up!
No, it's true. Peter said that we were "The nicest and prettiest of the damned."

How close were you to being called Ugly and Mean?
Not within four km. Not even close. The name actually comes from a college tour educational film. One of my band members were on a college tour and this film that comes one with this woman who described the college as "pretty and nice." He thought that was the stupidest thing he had ever heard in his life. And we agreed.

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