It's OK to scoff at the notion that Live a Little is the Pernice Brothers'”back to our roots” album. Over the course of five studio full-lengths, singer-guitarist Joe Pernice has been so consistent in his pursuit of minor-key guitar pop that he's become a sad-poet caricature, a middle-aged bearded Bostonite with an MFA and a breathy Elvis Costello falsetto. But reunited with producer Michael Deming (who contributed to the 1998 debut Overcome by Happiness) and reverting to the use of orchestral strings, Pernice sounds inspired and positively breezy. When he coos “I'm sick of the cynical” on going-home anthem “Somerville,” the rose-colored sentiment feels entirely new.
By Alex Craig on 03.15.10 in Reviews
On his first record after the dissolution of Scud Mountain Boys, Joe Pernice quickly made it clear that he had abandoned the country-rock inflections of his former group. Trading in alt-country for melancholy orchestral...
By Johnny Sharp on 01.28.14 in Reviews
Longtime fans of each other's work, Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Joe Pernice of the Pernice Brothers formed the New Mendicants when Blake moved to Pernice's hometown of Toronto in 2012. The pair was asked to write...
By Kurt Wolff on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Formerly a member of the Starkweathers before setting out solo (and getting signed to Sub Pop), Ireland did not grown up loving country — he came to love it only as an adult. His affection, though, is clear, both f...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.