Perpetual Groove Takes on the Media with Halloween Spectacle
The members of Perpetual Groove all huge film buffs, so it makes sense that the quartet traditionally celebrates a different movie each Halloween. This year however the group used the media as a jumping off point for a deeper Halloween subject at Atlantas Variety Playhouse. The evenings theme revolved around the idea that the news and all the information people receive through the TV and internet are not always the truth, which is something one must seek out on his or her own.
Offering a three dimensional costume of sorts, the group took the stage with an entourage dressed as bank robbers from the film The Inside Man, while quotes from the movie were broadcast throughout the venues PA system. A series of onstage televisions also displayed images of war, September 11th , George W. Bush and mass hysteria in general. PGroove then debuted Nine Inch Nails Piggy and, for the rest of the evening, audio clips from FDRs Fear Itself speech, George H.W. Bushs New World Order speech and JFK’s inaugural address were broadcast alongside quotes from V for Vendetta, among other films. By the second set there were four TV’s on stage projecting a number of disturbing images.
Later the group encored with America, Funk Yeah from the film Team America World Police and Rage Against the Machines Killing in the Name. The last images displayed on stage showed American newscasts and general war violence, with the American flag used as a backdrop. At the end of the night, the group jumped off the stage and into an entourage of people dressed just like them, mixing in and marching out, until the four musicians were indistinguishable from the crowd.