THE NEW YEAR'S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA

Perpetual Groove
12.31.06 :: The Music Farm :: Charleston, SC

Words by: Brian Bavosa :: Images by Brad Kuntz


Perpetual Groove :: 12.31 :: Charleston, SC
After two nights at their home venue of the "world famous" Georgia Theatre in Athens, Perpetual Groove rang in 2007 at Charleston, SC's Music Farm.

"PGroove," who consists of Brock Butler (guitar, vocals), Matt McDonald (keyboards), Adam Perry (bass), and Albert Suttle (drums), followed a loose formula over the three night run. The 29th focused on material written mostly around the time of their first release, Sweet Oblivious Antidote, while the 30th concentrated on tunes from 2004's All This Everything. New Year's Eve treated fans to a plethora of new material from their upcoming album, LiveLoveDie, tentatively scheduled for release on March 6th.

Opening NYE with the combo of "No Decorations," and "Teakwood Betz," PGroove showed that they have one foot firmly planted in the roots of their past, but are most certainly ready to tackle 2007 and the future beyond.


Brock Butler - PGroove :: 12.31 :: Charleston, SC
"So Much As Goodbye" and "Legends of Preston" filled out the first set, while a raucous, spiraling cover of "Get Down Tonight" set the tone for the last hour of 2006. With arms flailing, butts shaking, and the band leading us through the absurdly simple directions: "Get down, get down, get down, get down, get down To-Night!" the stage was set for the coming new year.

The second set, which began shortly before midnight, was an onslaught of newer material. McDonald filled "Two Shores" with patented Moog and synthesizer sounds, while Butler reminded a New Yorker such as myself that in a town like Charleston, "The water's so nice." PGroove put 2006 to bed with a nod from their themed Halloween show, in which they covered many of the songs from "A Life Aquatic." The "Glock" jam, which heard repeated yells of "Esteban!" segued nicely into a NYE countdown.

As Butler smoothly rode along the riffs to "Auld Lang Syne," The Music Farm erupted in cheers, champagne baths at the bars, confetti, and midnight kisses. And as quickly as '06 went, '07 was ushered in by two first-timers for the band, "Save for One" and "Mayday." Both are unique, with "Mayday" supplying dark images of a robot marching into the ocean to battle with a gigantic octopus until eventually both are buried somewhere at the bottom of the sea.


Perpetual Groove :: 12.31 :: Charleston, SC
Placed against a sonic spider web of hope, "Three Weeks" featured soaring crescendos and uplifting lyrics that remind us of all the ups, downs, heartaches and redemption that life throws our way.

"Crapshoot" was led by Perry's bass line, and was nothing short of a boa constrictor that slowly crawls up your leg and torso, until it eventually wraps itself around your neck and squeezes the dear life out of you.

"Decepticon Structure," "Out Here," and "Speed Queen" rounded out the second set. The encore of "Only Always" again showcased Butler's sentimental lyrics, which allowed the audience to establish an immediate connection with him.

Just when you think the shows over, the band reminded us it was in fact New Year's Eve — the biggest, baddest party of them all. So, they returned for a second encore of Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls on Parade," with McDonald on guitar, and the aforementioned Butler on lead freestyle vocals.

Perpetual Groove : 12.31.06 :: The Music Farm :: Charleston, SC
Set I: No Decorations, Teakwood Betz, So Much As Goodbye, Legends Of Preston, Get Down Tonight
Set II: Two Shores, Glock Jam* > Auld Lang Syne > Save For One**, Mayday**, Three Weeks, The March Of Gibbles Army, Crapshoot, Decepticon Structure, Out Here, Speed Queen
E1: Only Always
E2: Bulls On Parade

Notes:
* with Wilco-Spiders (Kidsmoke) tease
**First Time Played


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