But Pernice won't be suffering from a swollen noggin -- if only because he's not reading his reviews. "It's weird," says the Massachusetts native. "I spend a lot of time writing my own songs, right? So I spend a lot of time in my head. Then I record my own songs, and I put out my own records. Then I go on tour and I play my own songs, and it's all pretty Joe-centric. What I probably don't need to be doing on top of that is reading what other people think of me."