Perpetual Groove has shared a new studio version of “Suburban Speedball”, a fan favorite from the band’s early days. The track is the second single from the upcoming Sweet Oblivious Antidote 20th Anniversary Edition and comes with and accompanying animated music video.
With a fresh take on a staple from the band’s live catalog, Perpetual Groove demonstrates 20 years of growth while remaining true to its roots. From the opening synth, the reggae-inspired track grooves with a laid-back pocket and equally deep, contemplative lyrics.
“There were several early era songs we were kicking around to put on side four of the 20-year anniversary vinyl press,” said lead guitarist and vocalist Brock Butler. “It was Darren [Stanley], our new drummer, that suggested ‘Suburban Speedball’ and I’m so glad he did! As soon as we started riffing it was the obvious right call.”
“We’ve never given this one the proper studio treatment,” added keyboardist Matt McDonald. “It was time.”
Check out the video for “Suburban Speedball” with animation by Galih Panji below. The song is now available on all streaming platforms and will be included on the forthcoming 20th anniversary edition of Sweet Oblivious Antidote, which will be released on vinyl for the first time ever (release date TBD). Pre-order the album here.
The track was also mixed using Apple’s “Spatial Audio” technology, which provides listeners with a full-on surround sound experience in their headphones. “It’s exactly how we envisioned our music sounding when creating it,” McDonald said. “It’s a sonic head trip for sure.” The additional “Spatial Audio” mix is available exclusively through Apple Music.
Perpetual Groove will play its final shows of the year at Railgarten in Memphis, TN on December 9th and Martin’s in Jackson, MS on December 10th, with additional shows in Tennessee in January 2023. For more information and tickets, visit the band’s website.
Perpetual Groove – “Suburban Speedball”