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Joe Pernice has one of the most comforting voices in all of contemporary music — it closely resembles the Zombies’ Colin Blunstone (“Time of the Season”) for its smoky sense of wonder — but Pernice’s songs are clearly birthed in a world of their own. An MFA in Creative Writing hasn’t gone to waste for this Massachusetts songwriter. “PCH One” offers up “Every answer’s buried in a song,” but there’s no guarantee anyone will figure out the questions among these enigmatic puzzles not meant to be quickly or easily understood. Instead, it’s best to let the torrent of words rush past, absorb their gorgeous tonalities and longing melodies, and take a phrase for the humor it implies. Is there any better way to explain one’s less than desirable actions than “In my defense, I was half my customary 48 per cent”? While Pernice puts a premium on his lyrics, he hasn’t sacrificed the music to do so. Anyone familiar with his previous output – Scud Mountain Boys, Big Tobacco – will recognize these naturalistic settings of piano, guitar and drums and settle in for the warm night ahead. 

Customer Reviews

Joe back to his best again

A return to 5- star form for Joe and the boys. His honeyed vocals drip all over some of his best lyrics and tunes since Chappaquiddick Skyline.In a better world this would be riding high in the best-seller lists, as it is let`s just keep it our little secret!!


It is hard to understand what has overcome the perfect songsmithery of Joe Pernice, a writer who has been capable of something that sounds a lot like song perfection on earlier albums like Overcome By Happiness or Discover A Lovelier You. Don't believe reviews that are just happy there is a new Pernice album. Live A Little trades on weedy rehashed Pernice Brothers knock-offs that blow past like feathery leaves, and then they're gone. Perhaps Pernice only had the one idea of a way to craft a song that sounds so beautiful it conceals the deliciously lacerating lyrics he sings so sweetly (like Elvis Costello with singing lessons). The best seconds of Live A Little come in the guitar solo in How Can I Compare, which itself suggests someone ran out of ideas early on in the project. The single Somerville has something about it, in a way that the album doesn't - some sense of a reason to be. It and the album's last song are all you need download. Otherwise avoid altogether and buy their first album instead.


Formed: 1998 in Dorchester, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed after the 1997 breakup of singer/songwriter Joe Pernice's alt-country group the Scud Mountain Boys, the Pernice Brothers did an about-face from the lush '70s country sound of their final album, Massachusetts, and came up with the lush orchestrated pop of 1998's Overcome By Happiness. Recorded for Sub Pop, the album featured Joe's brother Bob (the lone holdover from the Scuds), guitarist Peyton Pinkerton from the New Radiant Storm Kings, bassist/producer Thom Monahan, drummer Aaron Sperske,...
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