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Spread The Feeling

by Pernice Brothers

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1.
If I could, I would suture a great divide. Grind an edge on a blunted pride. Make my way out alive. If I could, I would break the grip of her hold. Boldly do what no man has done. Ditch my crutches and run. She’s so heavy on the vitriol. She redlines with a number rolled. In black jeans and a camisole. I can’t wait forever. It’s a fickle market. It’s a drag. It’s a gas, and I can’t live without it.
2.
Lullabye 02:41
I loved you people. I never knew your names. Lit me up like a spark does a tinder bunch, arid veined. There’s a debt to be paid to the horseless of voice with the heart to say, “He had all the signs of life.” Lullabye….
3.
Love is a shoeless charlatan, a silver-tongued huckster with a sadist’s lipless grin. Love is the breaking of a bone, a burning cauliflower ear still throbbing on the telephone. No matter what you do, it slithers back to you. It’s not enough to leave. It’s not enough to be left. Love is the devil and the jinn, a brazen changing problem. It’s a fight you’ll never, ever win. Love is a cruel company store, a trans-global disaster it’s a meltdown to the core. Despite a college try, it’s paints a sorry sight. You piss away your life writing stupid songs that try to say what love it. And when it comes you had better let it in. Go wipe the lamb’s blood off your door. Novenas won’t work anymore. And when it comes you’d better kiss its feet and beg, “Please let me come with you, from love-me-not to love-me-do.”
4.
She can’t believe the peace could be so sudden and so strong. Two scattered lives raked up and stuffed into a carry-on. I said I’d stay at least if I could not be strong. Oh, God we need what we sold. We lifted up into the creepy star-pricked blackened sky. She could bring herself to read it till the ink was dry. She hid her face so no one there would see her cry. Oh, babe we needed what we sold, So many times she cried, “I’m gonna lose my mind.” As many times I meant it. I told her she could have mine. Oh, baby, promise me again we will survive always in all ways. I let he drift of into the soporific airplane hum. Two brittle anti-heroes left to juggle what may come. A runner’s born to cut. A cutter’s born to run. Oh, God, we need what we sold. And when I whispered in her ear I’d never go, she faked like she was sleeping. I saw her eyes blink in the window. Oh. Baby, promise me again we will survive always in all ways.
5.
Evidently So 02:25
There’s a shamed look in your eyes. Wasn’t there before, I’d know. Different than the venial or trite. A flash of silver on the lake. Broke a calm so sweetly known. It left a chasm wider than the sea. It killed the dinosaurs and left two buckles in the knees, a doleful wind through Douglas pleading, “Go, go, please go. I wish you wouldn’t go, go, please go.” I only wish you’d never tried to hide what’s obvious and evidently so. There’s something else I have to know if I’m to carry on. If you were merciful you’d answer this: What do I have to do to kill this love?
6.
Oh, tell me, please, if it’s not your disease I guess it must be mine. And I can never hammer out why there’s hardly any doubt we wind up back here every time. I want to give you everything that you deserve. It’s so confusing to unwind. Your love can be bold. It can be bitter, can be sold. And sometimes it withers on the vine. Don’t look at me like there’s something more to see. I showed myself to you. And you didn’t mind the sting or the way it made you sing. I never hid you from the truth. If we could break the back of this tyrant would we flame out or still shine? Is it for the lack of whole-hearted trying that we hurt ourselves each time?
7.
Reckless and fast, and the fast never stay. Gone in a flash, then the flash went away. Reckless and fast, and the fast never stay. Gone in a flash, then the flash went away. Gazing out like a jezzabel from a cautionary tale, she said, “I swear that isn’t true.” If freedom is another word for everything to lose, come on, confess your crime before you throw me to the lions.
8.
Skinny Jeanne will be the death of you. With crocodiles in her eyes. Should come as no surprise to learn her swearing up-and-down, contritions, pouts and frowns are useful lies. Drinks rum and cola from a sods can. Her gritty teeth and China white. She’ll slap you silly with her sparrow hands. Nothing is heavy in her world. You’re so high above this girl. You’ll never have another dream that stars a different queen than Skinny Jeanne. Skinny Jeanne will be the death of you.
9.
She can save you with a punchline. She can be a submarine: Deep and silent as a hurricane whips the sea. She found me the way the nick of time slaps the hand that holds the gun. She’s the queen of California, and she thinks you might be the sun. And the love she gives, oh, you know you don’t deserve it, but you take it. That’s your way. And the love she gives, oh, you swear you will preserve it, but you break her. That’s your way. She needs you the way a city needs boastful pride and shameless greed. She’s the queen of California, and she thinks you might be the sea.
10.
I Came Back 02:34
Bless me father, it’s been far too many years since I woke without your slippery tongue inside my ear: Boy, you’d better never tell a should that I was here. I came back to hear the old man cry. I came back to hear the old man cry. You might think it fades to nothing like the sound of a heavy mass slamming a smaller one around. But it just keeps on coming up, and I swallow it back down. I came back to hear the old man cry. We go. We go. We go like a lamb to the flame. We come. We come for the thing that won’t be saved.
11.
As worn into a face of knowing, so sober and sublime. A denigrated holy space full of tears, I found out they were mine. I kept it low in between the lines, though the meaning was absurd. It’s so hard to hear about another one when you’re waiting to be heard. The strange came like epidemic without prejudice to scythe the strong or fettered weak resistor, the sick of heart and mind., to push the lightweight’s curse of love on two feet not on the earth. It’s so hard to hear about another one when you’re waiting to be heard. Across the rigid crust and frozen echo of a shout. The forced and whispered invitation to thrown the sucker out.
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about

SPREAD THE FEELING is the sixth or seventh studio LP by the Pernice Brothers and my 17th or so in general. I’m honestly not sure. I don’t keep track. All I know is that if I play one song off each album at a gig, it’s a long show.

I recorded a full length Pernice Brothers record a few years back, but ditched it after it was mixed. Scrapping it had everything to do with me not liking the songs. The playing, the recording and mixing were fantastic to my ears. After letting the mixes sit for a while I revisited them for giggles. Still no dice, but there were a couple songs that were really good and deserved to be saved, unlike my soul. I holed up with engineer/musician extraordinaire Liam Jaeger in Toronto, and we reworked/mixed the songs worth the time. Then we kept recording new songs until SPREAD THE FEELING was done. (I am toying with releasing all my rejected recording on a double CD called SHITTY SONGS. For every copy you take, I give you $0.87. It’s the future winning model in the streaming age.)

Eric Menck came up with the title. I think it was a peanut butter ad campaign slogan. If it wasn’t, it should be.

I don’t know if SPREAD THE FEELING is a return to some kind of form. That’s for other people to decide. To be honest, I write all kinds of songs all the time. (You should hear my klezmer-meets-mariachi number called “Who Put The Mole in My Kugel” It’s from my WEST SIDE STORY knockoff musical my wife has brilliantly titled EL SID.) It might come down to my mood at the time as to which songs make a record. This record definitely has the most “muscle” of all my records. (That’s not saying much if you compare it to say, PINE BOX by the Scud Mountain Boys.) The playing is pretty nuts. Liam Jaeger and James Walbourne are two of the finest guitarists out there. Peyton Pinkerton is a true genius. It should be no surprise to learn that he’s an exceptional painter. All three players wowed me at every turn. Both Patrick Berkery and Ric Menck played drums. They are as good as it gets in my opinion. Neko Case and Pete Yorn were extremely generous with their voices. I’m grateful to both for elevating the songs. Oh, and my brother Bob is on there too, as always.

The record was recorded and mixed in Boston, Toronto and Washington State.

What’s the single? Probably “The Devil And The Jinn” or “Mint Condition” or “Lullaby.” I have my favorite songs, but they are almost never the ones most people like. For instance, this song didn’t make the cut, but the chorus is pretty badass:

Who put the mole in my kugel?
Who put the struggle in my strife?
Who put the mole in my kugel?
Because mole brought the kugel back to life.

JP, August, 2019, Toronto

credits

released September 9, 2019

1. Mint Condition
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar, percussion; Patrick Berkery-drums, percussion; Liam Jaeger- bass, guitar, Jupiter 8. Recorded and mixed by Liam and Joe.

2. Lullaby
Joe Pernice- vox, electric guitar; Liam Jaeger- bass, drums, electric guitar, Jupiter 8. Recorded and mixed by Liam and Joe.

3. The Devil And The Jinn
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar, Ric Menck- drums and percussion; James Walbourne- guitars; Frank Padellaro- bass, vox; Bob Pernice- guitar, vox; Josh Cantor- piano and organ; Neko Case- vox.
Recorded by Bob and Frank. Mixed by T.W. Walsh. Additional mixing by Liam and Joe.

4. Always in All Ways
Joe Pernice- Vox, guitar, bass; Patrick Berkery- drums; Liam Jaeger- drums, guitars. Recorded and mixed by Liam and Joe.

5. Evidently So
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar; Liam Jaeger- drums, nylon string guitar; Joshua Karp- piano, keyboards, trumpet, whistling; Greg Kramer- Trombone. Recorded and mixed by Joshua Karp with Liam and Joe.

6. Wither on The Vine
Joe Pernice- vox, guitars. Michael McKenzie- percussion; Joshua Karp- harmonica. Recorded and mixed by Mike and Joe.

7. Throw Me to The Lions
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar; Peyton Pinkerton- guitars, vox; Ric Menck- drums and percussion; Frank Padellaro- bass, vox; Bob Pernice- guitar, vox; Pete Yorn- vox. Recorded by Bob and Frank. Mixed by T.W. Walsh. Additional mixing by Liam and Joe.

8. Skinny Jeanne
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar; Ric Menck- drums and percussion; Frank Padellaro- bass, vox; Bob Pernice- guitar, vox; James Walbourne- guitar; T.W. Walsh- piano; Thom Monahan-vox. Recorded by Bob and Frank. Mixed by T.W. Walsh. Additional mixing by Liam and Joe.

9. The Queen of California
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar; Liam Jaeger- Drums, bass; Joshua Karp- paino, trumpet, organs; Greg Kramer- trombones. Recorded and mixed by Josh with Liam and Joe.

10. I Came Back
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar; Patrick Berkery- drums, percussion; Liam Jaeger- bass, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, vox. Recorded and mixed by Liam and Joe.

11. Eric Saw Colors
Joe Pernice- vox, guitar; Ric menck- drums, percussion; Frank Padellaro- bass, vox; James Walbourne- guitar; Bob pernice- guitar, vox; Peyton Pinkerton- lead guitar; Recorded by Bob and Frank. Mixed by T.W. Walsh. Additional mixing by Liam and Joe.



All songs by Joe Pernice, Bony Gap Music (BMI), administered by BUG/BMG; Gutterfunk (ASACAP) Warner Chapel; James Walbourne (PRS); Pinkertones (ASCAP); Liam Jaeger (SOCAN).

Pete Yorn appears courtesy of Shelly Music. Neko Case appears courtesy of Anti/Lady Pilot.

The cover photo was snapped in the early 1970s by late great BMX team owner Rick Twomey. Team member Mel Stoutsenberger launches out of the concrete flood channel into the Simi Valley heat. Rick’s Bike Shop team members and local talent look on in with admiration, chomping at the bit for their turn. Just a bunch of kids hanging out, getting rad, spreading the feeling. Used by kind permission of Patti Twomey.


Thank You: All of the players and engineers who were extremely generous with their time and talents; Laura & Sammy; The Pernice Family; The Stein Family; Joyce; Chris “Felony” Najewicz; Red House Music School; Ryan Lewis; Mike Leahy and all at Concerted Efforts; Neal Huff; Mike Belitsky; Norman Blake; Jon Drew; James Creeggan; Mel Stoutsenberger; Patti Twomey; BMXsociety.com; S. Brothers; I Am The Owl; Reilly 1; Rob Eagleye; Greg Thomas; Ryan Balan, Tracy Rosetti, Adin Wener, Mark Lloyd and all at WTU13.

For Joe Harvard, Gary Stewart and Berman

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Joe Pernice formed Pernice Brothers in Massachusetts with his brother Bob in 1997 when Joe was playing with his band the Scud Mountain Boys. The Scuds disbanded later that year, and Pernice Brothers became Joe’s main musical focus. Their debut release was the '97 Monkey Suit 7” on Sub Pop, followed by the LP Overcome by Happiness in '98.
Pernice & Linehan launched their Ashmont Records in '99.
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