Defined Perception

Defined Perception

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Defined Perception (DP) draws from rock, funk, newgrass, reggae, Latin, techno, and jazz to create their fusion of music. Along with complex original material, DP uses the diversity of its member's individual styles to explode into a frenzy of improvisational grooves.

Biography

With the release of their debut album �OPEN YOUR EYES� and an extensive and nomadic touring schedule throughout 2007, progressive jam quartet Defined Perception has become one of the most anticipated acts to hit the Midwest music scene. Over the course of the past three years, fans in hometown Carbondale, IL have been dancing the night away at crowded performances in local venues such as The Hangar 9 and Booby's Beer Garden.

On the road, DP (Defined Perception) has been putting down the miles, performing at this years' Wakarusa Music Festival as well as traveling all over Illinois and to other Midwestern states such as Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. DP has shared bills with nationally known acts such as Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident, and Otiel and the Peacemakers, as well as awesome regional touring groups The Station, Cornmeal, Madahoochi, 56 Hope Road, Groovatron, Euforquestra and Backyard Tirefire.

DP has also performed at nine festivals at the largest music venue in Southern Illinois, The Shawnee Natural Amphitheater. During the summer of 2006 DP headlined the weekend performing Pink Floyd's entire album Animals before playing a full set of originals. This past fall the guys did it again, playing an hour and a half of Floyd material before playing their own set. Both shows were set to a spectacular display of lasers and intelligent lights. Before many of the Cave events DP was invited to play live acoustic sets in the studio of WDBX 91.1 FM to promote the festival.

The quartet draws from a variety of genres such as rock, funk, newgrass, reggae, Latin, techno, and jazz to create their fusion of music. Along with their extremely well written and complex original material, DP uses the diversity of its member's individual styles to explode into a frenzy of improvisational grooves comprised of screaming guitar solos, raging organ, pianos and synths, block rockin' beats and funk/punk driven bass.

During live performances the DP works familiar melodies from classic hit songs and film into their own jams and originals. They have been known to perform cover songs sometimes as medleys, finding common themes between different tunes and creating a symphony out of barroom hits. The band owns their own P.A., sound reinforcement, and semi-professional lighting. The group regularly plays four-hour triple set shows.

Below is DP's past show listing for the 2007 season.

2007 Show Dates

05 Jan 2007, Pop�s Blue Moon, St. Louis, Missouri
06 Jan 2007, Hangar 9, Carbondale, Illinois
12 Jan 2007, Illinois Brewing Company, Bloomington, Illinois
13 Jan 2007, Big Muddy Pub, Alton, Illinois
19 Jan 2007, Rude Dog Pub, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
24 Jan 2007, Venice Caf�, St. Louis, Missouri
25 Jan 2007, Tres Hombres, Carbondale, Illinois
26 Jan 2007, Buckner Brewery, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
27 Jan 2007, 10 Mile House, Affton, Missouri
31 Jan 2007, Hangar 9, Carbondale, Illinois
16 Feb 2007, 10 Mile House, Affton, Missouri
22 Feb 2007, Hangar 9, Carbondale, Illinois
23 Feb 2007, Private Party, Carbondale, Illinois
2 Mar 2007, Capital City Bar & Grill, Springfield, Illinois
16 Mar 2007, Hangar 9, Carbondale, Illinois
24 Mar 2007, Rude Dog Pub, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
06 Apr 2007, Off Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri
07 Apr 2007, Buckner Brewery, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
20 Apr 2007, Cavefest 7 Music Festival, Murphysboro, Illinois
27 Apr 2007, EarthTones Music Festival, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
03 May 2007, Wise Fools Pub, Chicago, Illinois
05 May 2007, Bent River Brewery, Moline, Illinois
10 May 2007, Hangar 9, Carbondale, Illinois
19 May 2007, Broussard's, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
24 May 2007, Iowa City Yacht Club, Iowa City, Iowa
25 May 2007, Effit Music Festival, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
26 May 2007, Martyr's, Chicago, Illinois
02 Jun 2007, Booby's Beer Garden, Carbondale, Illinois
07 Jun 2007, Wakarusa Music Festival, Lawrence, Kansas
15 Jun 2007, Buckner Brewery, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
16 Jun 2007, Big Muddy Pub, Alton, Illinois
22 Jun 2007, Summer Solstice Cave Music Festival, Shawnee Natural
Amphitheater, Murphysboro, Illinois
29 Jun 2007, Grizzly Bear, St. Louis, Missouri
06 Jul 2007, Booby's Beer Garden, Carbondale, Illinois
20 Jul 2007, Francine's Gardens,
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
21 Jul 2007, Francine's Gardens,
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
27 Jul 2007, Hangar 9 - WDBX Benefit, Carbondale, Illinois
28 Jul 2007, Shirestock, Carbondale, Illinois
10 Aug 2007, Mojo's, Columbia, Missouri
11 Aug 2007, Big Muddy Pub, Alton, Illinois
17 Aug 2007, IBC - Illinois Brewing Company, Bloomington, Illinois
24 Aug 2007, Booby's Beer Garden, Carbondale, Illinois
31 Aug 2007, Party at the Cave Festival, Murphysboro, Illinois
14 Sep 2007, Broussard's, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
15 Sep 2007, Hangar 9, Carbondale, Illinois
28 Sep 2007, Booby's Beer Garden, Carbondale, Illinois
05 Oct

Lyrics

Right

Written By: Steven Kaufman

All along on the water
Kids and dogs oh do they play. all day
Sun is bright you know the sun was shining, high over head
I don't need you complex, confusing city life, you know that life ain't for me
plenty of days good times and plenty of good old rockin, rockin
Let your worries slip away

Shine on Shine on
Let the sun beam down on to you an me
Shine on Shine on
Keep on livin' yo life, livin' your life the way you wanna be
Why not come down? Now follow me down the dusty trail
Down to the river bank where the kids play so free, the kids play all day
I said come on, said come on, said come on, oh won't you jump in, jump in.
Let your worries slip away.

Woke up around noon and built a fire.
Took a look around, ain't got nothing to cook on. Got no skillet.
So I took a walk right up this little gravel road.
Hoping the kids at the next campsite will have a stove.
I'd be happy with a simple bowl of beans and rice.
But life beholds, these kids can cook some peaches right.
One of them dudes he smoked the camp out, the camp out.
Thank the Lord for being on the river.

Discography

"Open Your Eyes" 2007 (Payne, Kaufman, Beal, Krajewski)
Identify 6:42
Villanuevo 9:47
Right 7:55
Autumn 7:08
Hodge Podge 11:02
Molecule 6:55
In Between 7:00
Switch 13:05

Set List

Below are the originals:

Chewbacca
Dream
Big Ass Field
Context
Witness
Right
Hodge Podge
Molecule
Here and Now
Identify
28 28
Autumn
Switch
Swimming
In Between
Little Weed
Trance

Originals aside, DP plays great picks from bands such as Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and The String Cheese Incident, as well as more obscure songs such as Niel Diamonds' "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" and The Mason Prophets' song, "Two Hangmen". Themes from TV shows, movies and video games are also common, as this progressive jam combo weaves together thier tapestry of sounds. Sets typically range from one to two hours and go up to three sets. DP has been playing the midwestern scene for the past three years and they are no strangers to pulling an all-nighter.