Perpetual Groove | 03.26 | Oxford, MS

By: Barrett O'Donnell

Perpetual Groove :: 03.26.08 :: The Library :: Oxford, MS


Brock Butler - Perpetual Groove by Chris Hight
While at times slipping into a trance opera, Perpetual Groove shined fully on a Wednesday night in Oxford. Opener "Free Ride to the Show" showcased their musical arsenal with lyrics that could make any hipster feel right at home and longing guitar licks that transform into frequency static noise. By the end of this song one hardly even realized it was the same cut that had started 15 minutes earlier. The voice heard is a personal one, the guitar melodic, and the tones of the bass unloaded by Adam Perry cut right through the middle passage of the inner ear like a knife slicing into warm butter.

Perpetual Groove created a symphony of electronic sounds cast behind a bubble of loops and noise that formed a gentle ambient effect. Suddenly, the band decided to turn toward an edgier side early in the show. As the segue built, a voice was heard, though this time it didn't sound like a buddy talking about walking around barefoot. It sounded more like the captain of an airplane giving a final approach nod as the band slid into "Mayday," which showcased the balls to the wall energy that drives PGroove. Perry's bass created an atmospheric melody that was heavy rock with a jazzy quality to it. The band focused on repetition during this technical tune from their newest album, Live Love Die. Next, the band moved into a life-affirming version of their classic "Robot Waltz." The name says it all - robots, lots of them, doing very precise waltz steps, right-foot forward and around in a square.

Wednesday night in Oxford, Mississippi means one thing to music fans: the bar closes at midnight. Apparently the band got wind of this sometime before the show and decided they were going to play one long set. As the audience was already floored by show time, the band rocked right into The Beatles' anthem "Helter Skelter," which changed everyone's attitudes as guitarist-vocalist Brock Butler belted the lyrics with McCartney soul. With such high energy in the room one would guess the band might take it easy for a bit but they didn't. They kept right on truckin' into another monster off Live Love Die, "Speed Queen." The final jam in this song was uplifting instrumental-metal.

From this point on, the rest of the show was simply bonus as the band played "TSMM," an oldie from Sweet Oblivious Antidote, which found Butler in attack-mode, pummeling his strings; creating the image and sound of butterflies flapping their wings.

If one were not completely lost in the waves of electronic sounds they might have found in one corner the incredibly talented artist group Vorcan, currently doing a 50 state tour and creating a different painting in every state. The Vorcan team came down from Asheville, NC the night before and said they thought about skipping Mississippi but decided to paint the Perpetual Groove show. By the end of the evening, the Vorcan boys had seen two amazing sets (an out of control late night performance by local heroes, Zoogma followed PGroove at a different venue) and had produced two paintings that proved why they are traveling the country chasing their dreams.

03.26.08, The Library: Oxford, MS
Set I: Free Ride to the Show > Mayday > Playground, Save For One, Robot Waltz, Helter Skelter > Speed Queen, TSMM, Two Shores

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Comments

musicalearth starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/3/2008 05:13PM
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Love me some P Groove!!

You guys are carrying the torch and creating a whole new slew of slaying music. I know touring is tough - but keep it up!

I guess I have to pick up a copy of your new live CD - been loving 'livelovedie' a ton....so, everyone else, keep rockin!

That was fun in Amsterdam, wasn't it!?

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/3/2008 07:12PM
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RothburyWithCheese

These guys are fabulous. I also love Brock Butler's live solo shows. Awesome covers! Why arent these guys talked about? They jusr got added to Rothbury. Just one more reason to go to perhaps the best festival (lineup wise) since Woodstock.

Chaloupka starstarstarstar Thu 4/3/2008 08:18PM
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Chaloupka

"Why aren't these guys talked about?"

You kidding? They get tons of coverage.

tourfan Thu 4/3/2008 08:38PM
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Pgroove has been cancelling a bunch of concerts, and has only booked three dates in the upcoming New England run. No Rev Hall? No CT date? WTF? I will see my fellow Northeasterners in Boston. Southerners welcome!

Marcsmall Thu 4/3/2008 09:26PM
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Marcsmall

Why did they stop serving drinks at Midnight?

BurbonSong starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/4/2008 01:24AM
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BurbonSong

i'm stoked for the nice colorado run coming up next weekend. those shows are going to be a blast!

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they have not changed in TEN years.

the same songs, for TEN years. not much new stuff. Not enough anyway.

When they are ON, its really fun. I must admit that!!!

Not trying to be a party pooper, but I live in the south and have seen them many times.

Triggin starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/4/2008 07:31AM
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GReat article on a great band.... see you all at Amberland!

kbodonne starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/4/2008 08:05AM
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Sat-Weds Bars close at Midnight in Oxford, Thurs-Fri 1 am, no alcohol on sundays... Great music though

BoobJob1098 Fri 4/4/2008 08:44AM
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BoobJob1098

milesgone, you're right. They have not changed much in last few years. But to tell you the truth, I hope much doesn't change in the next ten years to come, save some new material. Their shows are still incredibly energetic and uplifting every time. I also happen to live in the south (FL) and have seen them countless times as well and each show is just as good if not better than the last. They always throw it down no matter where or who they're playing for. Brock's just such a badass.

NittyGritty Fri 4/4/2008 09:13AM
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NittyGritty

Hell yea, was at that show, great face melting and the late night with Zoogma was kick ass. If you haven't seen them and you live in Oxford, check them out, they freakin rock.

GreasyFizeek starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/4/2008 12:32PM
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GreasyFizeek

was at the show n tally the night b4.brought a group of friends for their first time and they r all hooked.occums blazer>3 weeks...phenomenal!!!my personal fav band out there.haven't stopped dancing at a show!!!

Greatwaves Fri 4/4/2008 02:30PM
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Greatwaves

so pumped these guys got added to The night at the Rothbury... their set at Allgood was the sh%$#t and when they rocked out with moe all stars, it made the show... cant wait to rage face

Foominaut starstarstar Sat 4/5/2008 11:35AM
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Foominaut

I respect the band,..But they just don't do it for me anymore..i saw them at the Soul Kitchen in mobile, AL last month... It sometimes seem like they tried a little too hard and didn't allow and "space" ....but their Echo Project show was sick!

pgroover Sat 4/5/2008 02:38PM
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pgroover

p groove is what Umphrey's tries to be.

ROCvibes starstarstarstar Sun 4/6/2008 09:43AM
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ROCvibes

^^^...uhh no...probably didnt watch it but iclips umphreys stream last night was insane, and now a tour sts9...both pgroove and umphs is playin good right now none the less (nice article)

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they need more songs......

kandrokitis starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/7/2008 12:27PM
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kandrokitis

Catch these guys if you haven't yet. Totally surpassed my expectations by far the first time I went to see them.

Karastarstar Tue 4/8/2008 09:11AM
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Milesgone-

No new songs??? I hear something new almost every time i go see them which is usually 10-15 times a year...I'm not sure how you wouldn't know that if you've seen them a lot.

stellarrstarr starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/8/2008 01:01PM
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stellarrstarr

Great Article! I'm so excited for their upcoming Colorado shows - I heard they were setting up that giant light rig in the Fox Theatre, too!!! Hold on to your faces, friends ... !

Phishphan285 Tue 4/8/2008 01:22PM
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PGroove, LOL

Floyd the Pimpanzee Fri 2/27/2009 07:44AM
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Floyd the Pimpanzee

Marcsmall you probably won't check this again but the bars in oxford all close at midnight.

It's a southern thing, there really is no reason that I have heard other than its a city ordinance, they try to balance from a college town to a quiet town i guess.