The Innocence Mission

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk indie female vocalists acoustic mellow alternative Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Active since the mid-80s, the core of this US indie band is the husband-and-wife duo of Karen Peris (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Don Peris (guitar, vocals). Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they were joined in the original line-up of the Innocence Mission by school friends Mike Bitts (bass) and Steve Brown (drums). Following the release of the independent five-track EP Tending The Rose Garden in 1986, the quartet signed a contract with A&M Records and released three albums over the next decade that bore comparisons to contemporaries such as the Sundays and Mazzy Star, with Karen Peris’ childlike vocals the beating heart of the band’s rather generic indie pop.

Brown left in the late 90s to run his own restaurant and contributed just one track on 1999’s Birds Of My Neighborhood. This was the album on which the Innocence Mission finally fulfilled their potential, with the stripped down, folksy sound proving far more...

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