Perpetual Groove - Sweet Oblivious Anticdote CD
1. Three Weeks mp3
2. Perihelion mp3
3. Sun Dog mp3
4. TSMM mp3
5. Teakwood Betz mp3
6. Astro Monkey mp3
7. Robot Waltz mp3
8. Walking In Place mp3
9. Playground mp3
10. Sweet Oblivious Antidote mp3
About Perpetual Groove
Perpetual Groove as you know it today did not exist as
it does now in the very beginning of its life. This story begins on the
steps of the Savannah Civic Center where Brock Butler met Adam Perry after
freshman orientation for the Savannah College of Art & Design. A few
yards away was their dormitory, The Oglethorpe House. This would be the
site of their first jams together and many late night sessions with the
other band members.
Adam & Brock immediately hit it off and soon began
the search for the other pieces needed to form some sort of workable band.
Joe Stickney and Brett Hinton were added to the collective shortly there
after on drums and keys, respectively, and everyone began taking the first
steps to writing music together. The four friends would spend their freshman
year in school seeking out the sounds of Perpetual Groove in their dorm
rooms, much to the dismay of their neighbors.
After spending their first year in the dormitory, Brock,
Adam, Brett, and Joe decided to move out of the city and out to Tybee
beach, offering not just a change in local, but also more space and privacy
to develop the band. In what would later be referred to as The Elephant
House days, the quartet took the first steps together in documenting the
Perpetual Groove sound as it was born, putting together their first official
recording. This demo would become known as the "Jungle Funk Demo."
Among the compositions included on this tape were Simple Pleasure Man,
Echo, Funk Kitchen, Sitting In The Ghetto, Mota, Nocean, and The March
of Gibbles Army. This tape offers the earliest known recordings of the
Perpetual Groove sound.
The band did some very light touring through 1999, with
stops at the original Wherehouse in Charleston, SC, The Music Farm, and
The Brandyhouse in Atlanta. Their real home however, was J.J. Cagney's,
the local bar for their friends and one of the only places in Savannah
to feature live music all week. Touring was made difficult by everyone's
commitment to school and part time jobs, so playing locally was an easy
way to make a little money and hone their skills.
Brock and Adam were both minors in sound engineering at
The Savannah College of Art & Design when they decided to utilize
the school's studios and equipment to record the very first Perpetual
Groove studio album. This album which is simply called Perpetual Groove
featured eight tracks, all of which are still in rotation today except
for two, "Galaxy Soup" & "Dionysus." Only five
hundred copies of the album were pressed and it quickly sold out in Savannah
Unfortunately, by this time, graduation was looming and
the band found they were facing an uncertain future, with careers calling
outside of Savannah. Joe and Brett both left the band to pursue other
roads of employment, leaving Adam and Brock behind in Savannah. This left
Perpetual Groove only half complete and more to the point, dead in the
In the period following
the dissolve of the original line-up, Brock and Adam set out to continue
making music together. Sharing a house on Wilmington Island, the two musicians
spent time writing, playing, and putting together ideas for new projects.
Both hosted the open mic night at J.J. Cagney's every Tuesday with a few
other local musicians as a way to help pay the bills and get a chance
to jam with other musicians. Brock also began a long stint of Sunday nights
at The Mellow Mushroom, developing his solo act while still performing
original Perpetual Groove material.
It's 2001 and
Brock Butler and Adam Perry are working through their summer with various
jobs, including hosting the open mic night at local music shack, J.J.
Cagney's. It was at one of these open mic nights that Brock and Adam met
their future band mates, Albert Suttle and Matt McDonald. The pair took
the stage together for the first time in the early months of the summer,
and it quickly became a regular occurrence on open mic night to see Matt
and Albert jamming alongside Adam and Brock.
The quartet was asked by the owner of Cagney's to play
a special Grateful Dead Tribute Show on the anniversary of Jerry Garcia's
passing. Realizing the potential, the quartet began playing more and more
together, searching out the sounds that would become Perpetual Groove
as you know them today. By the time August rolled around, the four individuals
stood together as a band for the first time.
Due to employment obligations with United States Army,
Albert and Matt were both limited to a light/local touring schedule for
the fall of 2001, and when 9/11 occurred, it changed their touring outlook
drastically. Throughout the fall it was not uncommon for one or the other
to have to report for duty in the wee hours of the morning immediately
following a show. It was also along this time that the band befriended
future manager, Ben Ferguson. Ben quickly sold the band on his long-term
vision of the future and things began to take a serious turn.
It was during the early months of 2002 that the band really
started to develop their sound and stage presence as a whole. Tim Fallin,
who was running sound for the band, was joined by Ben's longtime friend
Jason Huffer, and slowly the makings of a crew was apparent. The percussion
team started to really connect and Brock and Matt both found comfortable
realms for the noises they were creating. New material was slowly creeping
into the setlists, written together for the first time. Each member continued
to evolve their sounds as new gear was tried, purchased, and then traded
again, until the right tones came together.
A lot of important advances were made during the winter
months of 01 and 02. The band made their first foray into Atlanta in December
and quickly befriended local scenesters C. Robie and The Dunhams. It was
through The Dunhams that the band really started to build a strong Atlanta
following, which was highlighted early on by their appearance at The Annual
Music Midtown Fest. The music was starting to roll and it was time to
get the other aspects of the band into motion, namely promotions.
It was decided early on that the best way to get the name
out without an album was to hand out free live CDs. The marketing approach
worked and the band started seeing more and more people coming out to
their shows. Still touring lightly, the band decided it was time to start
looking for another piece of the big puzzle, a booking agency. We were
introduced to Degy Booking and Chad Denney through our friends The Dunhams.
Everyone instantly hit it off with Chad and starting working with Degy
exclusively in the fall of 2002. Making their way into the world of full
One year after forming, Perpetual Groove was taking the
steps to becoming a full time touring band. Chad and Ben had put together
an aggressive touring schedule and plan, focusing largely on building
the Southeast fanbase. The band gigged regularly from at least Thursday
through Saturday for the better part of the fall picking up more and more
fans in each new market they performed. However, one thing was still missing,
Through some Atlanta friends, the members of Perpetual Groove had befriended
Mark Michaelson, the owner of a local studio. It was at his studio that
the band decided to record their first album together, Sweet Oblivious
Antidote. Although the album was recorded in July, it would not be released
for another six months.
In September of 2002, the band made their first appearance
at the Georgia Harvest Festival, with an early main stage slot and an
evening slot on a mud-ridden second stage. It would mark the first real
festival appearance for the band as well as the first true gathering of
what was slowly becoming a solid fanbase. However, the real moment came
on Saturday night with the help of Jeff Dunham who put together a late
night performance for Perpetual Groove which won critical acclaim and
allowed the band to truly showcase their unique style of jam. This performance
helped solidify Perpetual Groove as a band to be reckoned with in the
Southeast. With Harvest Fest behind them, Perpetual Groove embarked on
their first ever tour outside the Southeast, heading up to the Midwest
for a short two week tour. The band closed out 2002 with a sold out performance
at The Georgia Theatre on New Year's Eve with good friends Moonshine Still.
As 2003 turned, the band gigged harder then ever before,
playing sometimes almost five days a week in support of their new album,
which was released in late January. Though mostly performing in the Southeast,
they were presented with the opportunity of supporting The Big Wu on their
Spring Northeast tour. It would be their first time in the area, as well
as a return trip to the Midwest. The band continued to grow as did their
fanbase, and by the time summer came around, they were ready to expand
their territory even more.
The band's first National tour would begin in June of
2003, with two grueling months on the road, numerous festival plays, including
their first High Sierra and Berkfest appearances and tour stops from California
all the way to New York. In just a little under a year, the band had managed
to log almost 70,000 miles on their new van. Summer turned to Fall and
in the blink of an eye, 2003 was almost gone. The end of the year was
commemorated by their first appearance at the Historic Lucas Theatre in
Savannah, GA for their New Year's Eve show.
Of course, this story
has no end in sight, and as 2004 moves along, the band is still at it,
cultivating a national fanbase and refining their craft. A few tweaks
here, some changes there, and you have the band has they exist today.
The departure of Tim Fallin as front of house engineer has been the biggest
change of the year, but with endings come new beginnings. Michael Gaster
joined the crew in February of 04 as front of house engineer and production
manager and continues to add more and more to the Perpetual Groove show
as each month passes.
For more up to date
accounts of what is happening with Perpetual Groove, go see them live!