Perpetual Groove 11.15.12
Words & Photos By Scott Shrader (Facebook.com/JScottShraderPhotography)
As the band started to find their groove, the balconies began to fill up and soon the floor was filling in. The band rolled out a few jazzy lounge-sounding tunes to start things off. Eddie Speaker (bass) and Stephen Taylor (guitar) both hold down the vocal parts and do quite nice. Meanwhile, Nic Wiles delivers almost an infectious funkadelic beat that keeps your attention from the get-go. The group showcased their blues/funk side of things and did it with some force. Taylor delivered some impressive slide work during a heavier more progressive rock jam that had the crowd bobbing their heads up and down. The technical changes from one section to another really caught my ear and the band covers a wide spectrum of genres within one song. I’d recommend checking out these guys if they come to a town near you.
Perpetual Groove Live at Georgia Theatre on November 15, 2012.
Set One: MOTA > All My Friends > MOTA, Stealy Man, Paper Dolls, Robot Waltz, Sweet Oblivious Antidote*
Set Two: Mayday, Sympathy for the Devil, Cairo, Mr Transistor > Echo > Mr Transistor, Walking in Place
Encore: God's Gonna Cut You Down > Space Paranoids
I rarely leave shows nowadays convinced that it was the best I'd seen the band perform, but this night in Athens is a different story. This was the second to last show of their fall tour and happened to be Joel's (the band's unofficial taper) 299th show and the following Saturday night would be his 300th. The band will be playing Center Stage in Atlanta, GA for New Years Eve and two dates in Charleston, SC and Macon, GA a couple days before. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming dates for in the following months, they are delivering shows right now that you're not going to want to miss.
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