After hiatus, Perpetual Groove regains its stride

Lyn May
Special to The Black Mountain News

Perpetual Groove hasn’t toured in two years, which makes getting tickets to its Aug. 29 show at Pisgah Brewing Co. all the more pressing. Also, it’s one of the brewery’s last outdoor shows of the season.

Based in Athens, Georgia, Perpetual Groove (known to fans as “PGroove”) originated in Savannah. After a few albums and an EP, the band announced that its frontman Brock Butler would be stepping back and PGroove would go on hiatus an indefinite amount of time.

“During the two years off, we took the time to address some needs and desires we all had in our personal and professional lives,” keyboardist Matt McDonald said via email.

McDonald, bassist Adam Perry and drummer Adam Suttle went on to work on a side project called Ghost Owl, a more EDM-influenced outfit than PGroove. They performed at Paradise Music and Arts Festival in Hustonville, Kentucky in July along names like Tauk, Pigeons Playing Pingpong, and The Mantras (The Mantras will open for Perpetual Groove at Pisgah on Aug. 29).

“Shortly after we got together for the first time to rehearse, it was quite evident that we were all in a better place personally and musically, so we decided to give more than just a few shows a try. However, we didn't want to jump in too fast,” said McDonald.

The hiatus was necessary to keep the creativity and liveliness flowing in PGroove’s music, Butler said in his email. For anyone, especially touring musicians, it’s important to recognize when to let oneself rest and recuperate.

“When the discussion to get together and play Perpetual Groove shows began, it was important to ease back in and see how everyone felt about it,” said Butler.

In the past they have performed at several festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and All Good Music Festival. Though PGroove plans to re-enter the music scene together gently, the band does have plans for 2016.

“Enough time has passed for everyone to be able to personally return fresh,” Butler said.

McDonald hopes to keep recording, whether it be an EP, LP, or a new song every month. The band has high hopes for new content release. Butler hopes Perpetual Groove will have time between shows during its fall tour to write and release new music.

“Some of my favorite bands are the ones that reach me on an emotional level,” Butler said. “I'd like to think that our music reaches some people the way my favorites have reached me.”

PGroove’s sound has been described as pulling from jazz-rock, neo-psychedelia, R&B, trance electronica, progressive rock, and anthemic arena rock. Every show is an experience in and of itself, with an extravagant light show described as “retina burning.” Shows attract large numbers of people.

“I think what defines us most is the sense of community that is shared amongst our fanbase,” McDonald said. “They are without a doubt the driving force as to why we feel that Perpetual Groove is ready to be back. It's something that is bigger than the four of us.”

Back in the groove

Who: Perpetual Groove

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Where: Pisgah Brewing Co.

Cost: $22.50 advance, $25 door