Scud Mountain Boys add two shows
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
– The Scud Mountain Boys, who disbanded in 1997, will add two shows to their reunion shows this winter.
The Scuds added a Feb. 17 show in Hoboken, N.J. and Feb. 25 in Toronto. The group will play several east coast shows in January and February 2012. Stephen Desaulniers, Joe Pernice, Tom Shea and Bruce Tull, who comprised the band throughout most of its short recording and touring career from 1991-97, will play together for the first time in 14 years. Tickets for all of these shows are on sale now.
Friday, Jan. 13 - Bowery Ballroom, New York
Saturday Jan. 14 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston
Sunday, Jan. 15 - Pearl Street Clubroom, Northampton, MA
Friday, Feb. 17 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ
Saturday, Feb. 18 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia
Sunday, Feb. 19 - The Black Cat, Washington, DC
Saturday, Feb. 25 - Lee's Palace, Toronto
In August, after being out-of-contact for many years, Pernice, Desaulniers and Shea had an almost-impromptu reunion in Cambridge, Mass., after which they announced the full Scud Mountain Boys line-up would do these show. Ashmont Records will re-release "The Early Year" in January 2012, and there are plans afoot for other re-releases and recordings.
The Scud Mountain Boys began as the Scuds in western Massachusetts in 1991. The band played their first show in 1993. A four-track recorder captured the sounds for 12 original songs and three covers of songs originally performed by such diverse sources as Jimmy Webb (Wichita Lineman), Olivia Newton-John (Please, Mister Please) and Cher (Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves). Originally sold as the "Pine Box" cassette, the tracks were later released on vinyl by the indie-rock label Chunk Records in 1995.
Later in 1995, the Scud Mountain Boys recorded another set of tracks, which became "Dance the Night Away" on Chunk. Including more four-track kitchen recordings, as well as others made a 24-track studio, the CD-only release featured drums on a few songs, another Jimmy Webb cover (Where's the Playground Susie) and similar lyrical themes.
The Scuds signed with Seattle's Sub Pop Records and set about recording "Massachusetts," a 14-song album with a number of more upbeat songs with drums and electric guitar. Released in April 1996, the release received positive reviews. With the success of "Massachusetts" bringing increased demand for the first two albums, Sub Pop re-issued them as "The Early Year," a double CD, in 1997. The group disbanded shortly after that release, and has not performed since.
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