A late June Saturday night doesn’t necessarily conjure thoughts of machine gun kicks, chunky riffage with the tastiest of finger-licks or vocal pipes that make you wonder, if just for a moment, you’ve inadvertently stepped behind a Boeing jet engine, but if you were at The Blue Note in downtown Oklahoma City on the 30th, the last paragraph probably hit you like a Woodstock acid flashback.
In case you’re out of the loop, OKC has a new group of homegrown heroes; PerseuS hit the local metalcore scene in 2008 and, barring a brief hiatus, has been plowing their way to the big time. By all accounts, June 30th, 2019 was the best outing thus far, and let me tell you, it was a face-melter.
Another Round (the opener) got the room warmed up in top fashion, with a sound that reminded me of The Toadies and Alter Bridge (you’re welcome for that thought). Then, as if M. Night Shyamalan made the schedule, the headliners played the middle spot! Mind….. blown…. But I guess you can do what you want when you bring the furious thunder!
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Upon first glance, PerseuS seems like a ragtag band of misfits, admittedly, but don’t let your eyes fool you! Jordan Gorath (drums) may be quiet and unassuming off stage, but his timing and energy behind the kit blow those misconceptions away quick.
And no, that’s not Toki Wartooth on the bass, that’s Gage Wayland! Together with Chris Gomez (rhythm guitar) the trio rhythm section is not to be trifled with!
Oh, you wanna know who the guy off to the left of stage is? It’s only Gabe Mark, lead guitar and composer! With an attitude that says “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Gabe seems content to ride the edge of the spotlight, but when you’re the brains of the operation, you can rock out wherever you damn well please. And with blistering sweeps and awesomely technical solos, rocking out is an understatement.
And last but certainly not least, the frontman, on lead vocals, Jeremy Knight. Jeremy has a way of connecting with the crowd, of drawing out energy, that one only gets with true passion for performing. He had the entire bar on their feet by the second song, and kept them there till he was done with them. A fireball of energy, PerseuS is bringing their tight, heavy stampede of fury to ever greater heights.
Our boys are opening for Fit For A King with Norma Jean on July 31st @ Diamond Ballroom in OKC. Get your tickets here!! Check them out on Facebook and watch for more shows, I promise you won’t regret it.
As always, I’ll leave you with a quote:
“Shake for me, girl. I wanna be your backdoor man.” –Richard Milhous Nixon