Many musicians who stage their very existence through live art seem to have trouble rolling over that passion into studio projects. The atmosphere changes drastically, and for many can stifle the creative process. However, those who embrace this medium can translate very well and generally reward the listener with real substance.
The latter is definitely the case with the latest release by Georgia-based rock outfit Perpetual Groove, entitled LIVELOVEDIE. These road warriors have gained significant fame through their musically intense and visually stimulating performances. And although their music is best displayed live, the band obviously enjoys the recording arena which is evident in many of the tracks on this album.
A good handful of songs from LIVELOVEDIE have been road tested over the last year or two, and they are all presented very well on this disc. Their distinctive blend of psychedelic rock and indie-pop shine best through clean interpretations of "Save For One", "It Starts Where It Ends", and the breezy rock ballad "Only Always".
Powerful musicianship is displayed on the enthusiastic and fiery instrumental trance-jams "Mayday" and the new concert staple "Speed Queen". Albert Suttle's drumming is impassioned on these songs and guides the band in and out of tense climaxes. Bassist Adam Perry adds substantial texture over Brock Butler's engaging guitar work to create an unyielding and elevated rock sound.
What strikes me most on this album is the strong vocal work by Butler. Due to the audio intensity of their mind-blowing concerts, his voice is sometimes drowned out. Yet on LIVELOVEDIE, Butler demonstrates a crisp and sharply confident voice that compliments the melodies just beautifully.
This is a well produced and exceptional release by the Georgia foursome. It shows a maturity in the songwriting and presentation that many short lived bands never possess. It also proves that indie rock can be beautiful, jam music can enliven the senses, and frankly rock still rules the South. Thankfully it has these troubadours to help carry that torch.