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Sydney 2002 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia; April 6, 2002. Very good soundboard.
The Pernice Brothers might be labelled “indie rock” but melodic jangle pop/rock might be more apt. Still, the opening words to the first track, Everyone Else Is Evolving, are “I hate my life”. Go figure. File this together with Scud Mountain Boys and Chappaquiddick Skyline.
Bernard Zuel wrote about the show at smh.com.au:
With his close-cropped hair, rough-hewn face and small nuggety frame, Joe Pernice has the look of a junior welterweight boxer. (Maybe not coincidentally, the original title of the most recent album of gentle and sad pop tunes by the “Brothers” was Sweet Like A Punch.)…
Yet when he sings he edges forward intimately, hunching into the microphone as if he’s going to whisper. And whisper he all but does. In the dreamy concoction of Bryte Side, his singing was almost an aside, so small-framed are the song and voice. In the gentle jangling of Crestfallen, the chorus line of “It’s a long way to fall” came out as a sigh, drifting away in the low-key arrangement of Pernice on acoustic guitar, Peyton Pinkerton on electric guitar and Thom Monahan sitting down to play unassuming bass.
Monahan’s posture was appropriate because this was a show for sitting down, to sprawl out and rest your head on your partner’s lap while someone nearby passed a joint and turned down the lights…
At first glance, there’s not much to the Pernice Brothers, and certainly no big knockout punch. But like Sugar Ray Leonard, they’re small but perfectly formed and quite often beautiful in motion.
Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2004/5.
SBD > Sony MZR900 Minidisc > MD master > analog cable > Cool Edit Pro
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Track 01. Everyone Else is Evolving 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 02. Bryte Side 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 03. Crestfallen 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 04. She Heightened Everything 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 05. Television 5:00 (8.4MB)
Track 06. Bum Leg 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 07. Monkey Suit 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 08. The Ballad Of Bjorn Borg 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 09. Flaming Wreck 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 10. Overcome By Happiness 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 11. Prince Valium 5:02 (8.4MB)
Track 12. Working Girls 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 13. Hundred Dollar Pocket 5:09 (8.7MB)
Track 14. Wait To Stop 3:58 (6.7MB)
Track 15. Grudge F**k 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 16. Silo 3:20 (5.6MB)
Track 17. Cronulla Breakdown 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 18. Nobody’s Watching 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 19. Chicken Wire 4:51 (8.2MB)
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