Pernice Brothers

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Pernice Brothers
Joe Pernice performing with the Pernice Brothers, 2006
Joe Pernice performing with the Pernice Brothers, 2006
Background information
OriginDorchester, Massachusetts, USA
GenresIndie rock
Years active1997–present
LabelsSub Pop, Ashmont
Associated actsScud Mountain Boys, The New Mendicants
MembersJoe Pernice
Thom Monahan
James Walbourne
Patrick Berkery
Peyton Pinkerton
Laura Stein
José Ayerve
Michael Deming
Bob Pernice
Ric Menck
Past membersMike Belitsky Aaron Sperske

Pernice Brothers are an indie rock[1] band. Formed by Joe Pernice in 1996 after the breakup of his old band, the Scud Mountain Boys, and including Joe's brother Bob Pernice (hence the 'Pernice Brothers'), the band recorded their first album, Overcome by Happiness, for Sub Pop in 1998. After a 3-year hiatus (during which Joe Pernice recorded under his own name and as Chappaquiddick Skyline), Pernice Brothers returned in 2001 with The World Won't End; after parting with Sub Pop, the album was released on Pernice's own label, Ashmont Records, co-owned with his long-time manager Joyce Linehan, which in 2003 released Yours, Mine and Ours. After a 2004 tour, the band released their first live album in early 2005, Nobody's Watching/Nobody's Listening, and, in June of the same year, released their fourth studio album, Discover a Lovelier You. The band released Live a Little, their fifth studio album, in October 2006. Goodbye, Killer was released in June 2010, after which the band did not release another album until 2019's Spread the Feeling. The band's songs are characterized by lilting melodies and intelligent lyrics.[2][3][4]





In May 2007, the Pernice Brothers' song "Chicken Wire," from their 1998 debut album Overcome by Happiness, was named the No. 1 Most Exquisitely Sad Song in the Whole World by AOL Music.[5] The song describes a suicide attempt.


  1. ^ Hughes, Josiah (2010-04-15). "The Pernice Brothers Say Goodbye, Killer This Summer". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  2. ^ Wolff, Kurt (2000). Country Music: The Rough Guide. London: Rough Guides. p. 579. ISBN 9781858285344. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  3. ^ Behe, Regis (2 November 2006). "Pernice Brothers 'Live a Little' in new album". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  4. ^ Brown, David (8 July 2010). "Pernice Brothers - Goodbye, Killer (One Little Indian)". Bearded. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  5. ^ "The 25 Most Exquisitely Sad Songs in the Whole World". Spinner. 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2009-05-18.

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