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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. 

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gorgeous stuff

A beautifully written and immaculately produced album. Pernice is a songwriter of impressive talent and depth. The brilliance of these songs won't come through on first listen or in 30-second previews-- play whole album three or four times through and you'll be absolutely hooked. Particular standouts are "Somerville" and "Conscience Clean."

Another Gem!

Another fantastic album from the most underrated songwriter of our generation! Joe Pernice is a brilliant craftsman.


i dont know how i stumbled upon them but im glad i did! they are really good and i love the sons and what they sing about. i totally recomend picking any of hte songs on the album and listening it. you're sure to love it!


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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