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Do You Love The Sun? - Scud Mountain Boys
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RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Ashmont Records
RELEASE DATE: 07.09.2013
FORMATS: Physical, Digital

Band Members

Joe Pernice: Vocals, Acoustic, and Electric Guitars
Stephen Desaulniers: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, and Bass
Bruce Tull: Electric guitar, Lap Steel, and Pedal Steel

Track Listing

1. Do You Love the Sun
2. Double Bed
3. Crown of Thorns
4. Learn to Love Him
5. The Mendicant
6. Orphan Girl
7. She Falls Apart
8. Theme From Midnight Cowboy
9. Drew Got Shot
10. You're Mine

BIOGRAPHY

After being out of contact for many years, original Scud Mountain Boys band members Joe Pernice (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Stephen Desaulniers (vocals, acoustic guitar, and bass), and Bruce Tull (electric guitar, lap steel, pedal steel) returned to the scene in late 2011, playing an almost-impromptu reunion in Cambridge, Mass. Soon after, the band had announced more shows, and in January 2012 reissued The Early Year, a compilation of their first two albums Pine Box and Dance the Night Away. Do You Love the Sun, available July 9, fulfills the promise of a full-fledged recorded comeback.

Their latest offering features Joe Pernice's inimitable marriage of exquisitely graceful vocals and a resigned tone that the NME (in a 9 out of 10 Massachusetts review) once described as “the golden voice of damaged, regret oozing from every word like wounded honey… rendering glorious the utter inevitability of failure.”

Starting out simply as the Scuds in western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley in 1991, the group initially cultivated a local following playing loud rock ‘n’ roll. But after those shows, three members—Joe Stephen and Bruce Tull —would retreat to Bruce’s kitchen to unwind, breaking out old country favorites, playing the songs they thought too quiet and too slow for live performances. The band found that these were the songs they really lived to play, so, adding "mountain boys" to their name, the re-christened Scud Mountain Boys played their first public show in 1993.

Though the band was initially lumped in with the alt-country scene helmed by Son Volt, Wilco, and the hordes of other disciples of Hank Williams, the Scud Mountain Boys have always taken their inspiration as much from hooky ’70s AM pop as from the dirty country road of Johnny Cash.

For the legions of Scud Mountain Boys fans that have been holding out hope for a follow-up offering to the brilliant Massachusetts, Do You Love the Sun is a welcome ten-track return from a band that has been away for too long.

PRESS QUOTES

"The golden voice of damaged, regret oozing from every word like wounded honey… rendering glorious the utter inevitability of failure.” - NME

Review

June 17th, 2013. By Gregory Adams for http://exclaim.ca

Nearly two decades after dropping 1996's much-loved Massachusetts, alt-country crew Scud Mountain Boys have finally announced a follow-up LP, Do You Love the Sun. The long-awaited album drops on CD on July 9 via Ashmont Music, with the LP version coming August 6 through American Dust.

The record comes in the wake of original members Joe Pernice (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Stephen Desaulniers (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass) and Bruce Tull getting back together in 2011 to play a series of live shows. They later reissued early albums Pine Box and Dance the Night Away as the The Early Year compilation.

While earlier records were marked with an alt-country sound that lumped them in with the likes of Son Volt and Wilco, this new collection promises "hooky '70s AM-radio pop" and homages to Johnny Cash.








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