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Perpetual Groove: 8 Hopeful Covers For 2012

Perpetual Groove: 8 Hopeful Covers For 2012

Twice a year, South Florida receives the ultimate musical gift – the gift of PGroove. And, the band feels mutual about the reward of its fans. This weekend marks Athens, Georgia-based jam band Perpetual Groove’s first visit of the year to Culture Room, where the band has held exclusive residency for a handful of years. For many diehards, the two-night run also marks a reborn show experience with the return of original melodic master Matt McDonald. And, while we can’t wait for what two nights and four sets of music have in store, Melodysiac, like other beloved enthusiasts, is looking forward to some new, exciting covers. We’ve compiled a mix of eight tracks – some new and some classic – that we think PGroove should consider tweaking and experimenting with this weekend, leading up to Amberland and summer festival season.

Twice a year, South Florida receives the ultimate musical gift – the gift of PGroove. And, the band feels mutual about the reward of its fans. This weekend marks Athens, Georgia-based jam band Perpetual Groove’s first visit of the year to Culture Room, where the band has held exclusive residency for a handful of years. For many diehards, the two-night run also marks a reborn show experience with the return of original melodic master Matt McDonald. And, while we can’t wait for what two nights and four sets of music have in store, Melodysiac, like other beloved enthusiasts, is looking forward to some fresh, exciting covers. We’ve compiled a mix of eight tracks – some new and some classic – that we think PGroove should consider tweaking and experimenting with this weekend, leading up to Amberland and summer festival season.

Goyte Feat. Kimbra – “Somebody that I Used To Know” – This new indie offering is making noise everywhere, from the airwaves to the clubs. Brock Butler has the right tools to amplify the sweetness of Goyte’s vocals, while McDonald could use his playground of effects and synths to work something special on the keys. 

Portishead – “Sour Times” – A beloved ‘90s outfit, Portishead is an ideal match for a trip-hop adventure. Already showcasing success through renditions of Massive Attack, there’s no doubt this PH cover would appeal to the PG crowd. Its deep bassline is catchy, and Albert Suttle would have a chance to work some different patterns on the drums. As for Adam Perry, the potential plucking value would go swimmingly with Butler’s whiny guitar strums.

Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris – “We Found Love” –  At the Grammys, Rihanna debuted a few notes of the song acapella, which took on a new life for the chart-topper. A mix of Butler’s syrupy vocals and McDonald’s work on some organy chords could make this one a sleeper cover of springtime. As for the house drop, we’ll leave the backbeat choice entirely up to the band. 

Radiohead – “Paranoid Android” – No stranger to Radiohead, PGroove has visited the Brit band’s catalogue before. In the spirit of Radiohead’s return to the States this week, this track is fitting. But, we think PGroove should attack it, because Butler has a similar vocal range to Thom Yorke, in addition to the righteous opportunities to jam this sucker out on stage. Not to mention, the room for melodic experimentation and added percussive accents is pretty much endless.

Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused” – When’s the last time any polished band went wrong covering Led Zeppelin? Here’s a chance to get deep, dark and dirty on some classic rock, while infusing some all-out, soul-shaking debauchery.

Luniz – “I Got 5 On It” – It’s no secret that PGroove has toyed with a few old school hip-hop gems in the past. We’ve pushed this one on Butler before, because we think he has the power to turn out the perfect blend of rapper-crooner. The naked beat is just begging to be dressed in some PGroove flavor.  

The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy” – It’s not just because this band is blowing up right now that we think PGroove could do a tribute justice. A fueled and rugged guitar get-down and major room for Suttle to do some damage on the kit makes this one an energetic frontrunner.

Cake – “The Distance” – Although this track rocks, it has a light, airy vibe to it. Butler could have the chance to sneak some whimsy into the spoken word, while handing the reigns to Perry to get funked out on the bass.

Even though we know the best part of PGroove’s journey through covers is the surprise factor, they’ve been known to honor a few fan requests, now and again. So guys, here’s a worthy roster just waiting to take the PGroove ride!

Photo of Perpetual Groove by Melodysiac © 2012

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victor

March 1st, 2012

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