Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Meet Perkasie

One of our favorite new local discoveries is Perkasie based out of Lancaster. Described by the Philly Weekly as "bubblegum baroque pop," and frequently compared to Bright Eyes, Perkasie are more Puff The Magic Dragon meets Lynyrd Skynyrd meets O Brother Where Are Thou than Woody Guthrie meets Left Banke meet The 1910 Fruitgum Company. Just the idea of that has the musical senses working overtime!

Fronted by guitarist Alex Walsh, the five piece also includes Dom Billett on drums, vocalist Kate Foust, Danny Sadler on bass and Ben Roth on guitar. They have one EP behind them and a full album on the way. While the band does mine some familiar musical territory like Bright Eyes, they also recall the Dead circa Workingman's and The Band. Mostly though, the band has a broad musical range and versatility; they're finding their voices and we're digging what we're hearing.

Ginger Sobs - Perkasie