For more than a decade, the Pernice Brothers have mostly made plush, romantic orchestral pop that doesn’t gild the lily once tended by the Zombies, Walker Brothers and Elvis Costello. True to frontman Joe Pernice’s working-class nature, the band’s sixth and latest album, Goodbye, Killer (Ashmont), does away with the sighing string section and goes straight for the guitars, from the mod-rock riffing of “Jacqueline Susann” to the Teenage Fanclub power-pop of “Something For You.” After a four-year spell between albums, the Pernice Brothers return with their leanest and most efficient effort to date. Pernice will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Pernice: You’ve heard the expression, “Always surround yourself with good people.” I don’t think that’s good advice. You ought to sprinkle one or two people in there who make you look really, really capable.
Here’s my second (and final) joke: Two friends are out hiking the woods. They’re taking in the lovely scenes of nature, wandering without a care. Upon entering a picturesque meadow, they realize they intruded upon a mother grizzly bear gathering berries for her young cubs. The mother bear, in her effort to protect her young, rises on her hind legs, growls ferociously and prepares to attack. At this point, one of the hikers slowly reaches into his backpack and removes a pair of running shoes. His companion whispers, “Why are you putting on those shoes? There’s no way you can ever outrun that bear.”
The friend replies, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.”
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