Dedicated to the art of song and maybe even Buffalo hunting.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Back in the early 1990s, songwriter Joe Pernice used to be in a little-known but fashionable modern rock band called The Scuds. Night after night, they pummeled club audiences with amplified bar chords. Then, after the club would close for the night, they would retire to their guitar player's home, crowd around the kitchen table, and strum delicate country songs well into the morning. Pernice quickly realized this was the kind of music he really wanted to share with audiences, so his group renamed themselves the Scud Mountain Boys and introduced their fans to a whole new sound. The Scud Mountain Boys enjoyed critical acclaim during their days with Sub Pop in the mid-'90s. Since then, Joe Pernice has recorded under a number of assumed names and borrowed styles. "Musically, I think I've always been a fan of classic pop melodies," Pernice says. "Lyrically, I think I tend to get a little dark at times. But there's not a lot of thought behind trying to put them together, it comes naturally." Pernice's lyrics have been so relentlessly dark at times, that some critics have chastised him for not easing up. "My lyrics, while honest, don't really reflect my everyday mood. I love to joke, I'm a pretty happy guy." He has his fans fooled. When they meet him, he says, they're often amazed that he's not bedridden.
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