After a nine-year hiatus, Pernice Brothers released their seventh studio album, Spread the Feeling, in September. Not that Joe Pernice hasn’t been busy in the interim – a Scud Mountain Boys reunion in 2013 produced that band’s fourth album, Do You Love the Sun; The New Mendicants, a project with Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub resulted in Into the Lime in 2014, and in 2015 he released Roger Lion with Brooklyn producer Budo. Still, a new Pernice Brothers album is something to celebrate, and this one is easily up there amongst Pernice’s best work. To accompany the release of the album, Pernice took the band out on an all-too-short northeast tour (their first since 2006), which included a stop last weekend in Northampton, MA at The Parlor Room.
Pernice opened the set himself, playing solo renditions of several of his songs. The audience in Northampton got a special treat, though, in the form of an almost-reunion of the Scud Mountain Boys, with Tom Shea and Stephen Desaulniers joining him for a short set.
While the current tour has ended, Pernice has indicated that more shows may follow soon. We can only hope that he doesn’t make us wait another decade.
Pernice Brothers setlist
Eric Saw Colors Lullaby Monkey Suit The Ballad of Bjorn Borg Something for You There Goes the Sun Skinny Jean I Came Back Always in All Ways
She Don’t Care About Time Baby in Two Throw Me to the Lions Mint Condition Working Girls (Sunlight Shines) The Weakest Shade of Blue