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The Innocence Mission

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Lancaster PA, United States

The Innocence Mission are a folk band featuring the beautiful, mesmerizing vocals of Karen Peris, and the guitar backing of her husband, Don Peris.

Their signature style is dreamy slow songs, with beautiful melodies.

The original band, including Mike Bitts (bass), and Steve Brown (drums), was formed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the early 80s when the members met during a Catholic school production of Godspell. Although all members of the band have contributed musically, Karen Peris does most of the group’s writing.

Their eponymous debut album, released in 1989 (A&M Records), was produced by Larry Klein, then-husband of Joni Mitchell, and recorded in the couple’s basement recording studio. The album peaked on the Billboard charts at #167 in 1990, and the album’s second track, “Black Sheep Wall”, released as a single in 1989, peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks. The album’s fifth track, “Clear to You”, was used on the soundtrack of the pilot episode of Beverly Hills 90210. Klein also produced their 1991 follow up, Umbrella.

Their third and final A&M album, Glow, released in 1995 (A&M Records), Was produced by Dennis Herring, who had previously produced two records for Camper Van Beethoven. This album is a departure from Klein’s heavier production style. Whereas the first two releases may have brought to mind The Sundays and The Cocteau Twins with their moody keyboards, Herring’s lighter touch gave more emphasis to the group’s guitar work and to Karen’s vocals and lyrics.

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  • Sydstone

    Who cares if they are religious? If it makes you feel something, then that's all you need to take away. Their music has been life-altering. [4]

    21 Mar 7:15pm Reply
  • kajo_93

    thanks to some minor back vocals by Karen on a Natalie Merchant album, I discovered this band 2 years ago. and it's still one of my best discoveries ever

    15 Mar 7:42pm Reply
  • bettiedita

    Who cares if they are religious? If it makes you feel something, then that's all you need to take away. Their music has been life-altering. [3] totally agree, and i'm an atheist

    18 Feb 10:14pm Reply
  • Starcraft108

    absolutely! (again) What does it matter at all?

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • fancyfootwork80

    Who cares if they are religious? If it makes you feel something, then that's all you need to take away. [2] ...absolutely!

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • dominicgeinosky

    Who cares if they are religious? If it makes you feel something, then that's all you need to take away. Their music has been life-altering.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • gosurori

    Helping me sleep for years, thanks.

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • popphenrik

    It's too bad they're religious because they're actually really good. [3]

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • diabornwill

    BeerBoozer, LOVE ALWAYS CHARLIE

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • gosurori

    It's too bad they're religious because they're actually really good. [2]

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • shaktishine

    Love you guys so much!

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • WeAreAccident

    <3

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ShortStack

    best band

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kirpus69

    How come the album 'Glow' is not listed? That album was perfect.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kajo_93

    Befriended is gorgeous. Their peak in my opinion

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gosurori

    I have not seen this day before

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • BeerBoozer

    Почему еще никто не написал, что сюда их привёл Чарли?

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • chepsik

    Now in this hush ♥

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • alan_ramirez

    Her voice is like a mix of Alanis Morissette and Dolores O'Riordan

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • AlexanderVerdon

    Birds of my neighbourhood literally changed my life

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
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