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This Saturday five-piece local hardcore punk group Perfect People releases a brand-new 7-inch record, Midwaste, out on Denmark's Just Another Day Records with two shows -- the first at Strange Donuts (2709 Sutton Boulevard; Maplewood) and the second at Utopia Studios (3957 Park Avenue).
The band, which formed two years ago, gets its name from the Pennywise song of the same name and plays what guitarist James Carroll characterizes as mid-2000s melodic hardcore in the vein of bands including Count Me Out, Carry On and Panic. Midwaste features short, fast songs wherein scratchy guitar chords meet a metronome of pulse-pounding beats from drummer Travis Allen (also of Cardiac Arrest). The confrontational yells of vocalist Drew Maxey dig deep with personal lyrics regarding relationships, life lessons and living in the Midwest.
Video by Graham Matthews
Perfect People typically calls Fubar (3108 Locust Street) its stomping grounds but has also performed elsewhere in the region. The free show at Strange Donuts' tiny storefront is limited to 25 guests, but the band can stretch its legs over at Utopia (where there's plenty of room for those high kicks) when it performs with Carroll and Maxey's other band, Resolve, and a slew of other acts: Meth Dealer, Resolute and Lamentors.
The Midwaste record comes available in a few different varieties: with a special preorder cover, in standard black and also in a peach color. Grab it at one of the shows or order it online via the Just Another Day Records website. Check out Perfect People's original cassette-tape demos below.
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