Ultimately, Pernice attributes his departure to the fact that he found himself writing different kinds of songs, many of which he could not see fitting into the Scud Mountain Boys' fold. "It started to get a little sour," he says. "Not so much that we didn't like each other — but I got bored with the music."

Could those newer kinds of songs, such as the Nirvana-meets-Beatles cool of "Monkey Suit" — eventually rendered in radiant 1960s-style flair by the Pernice Brothers in 1998 — have been handled by the rustic and intimate Scud Mountain Boys? Hindsight is 20-20. But it doesn't take a time machine to hear the seeds of the Pernice Brothers in great Scud Mountain Boys tracks like "Grudge Fuck."

Finally, we get another chance to listen.

SCUD MOUNTAIN BOYS + JOHN CUNNINGHAM + FRANK PADELLARO | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston | January 14 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $18 | 617.779.0140

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