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The best kept secret in music


"Perfect Confusion"

Sometimes reaching back musically can give an artist or band the sound that enables them to stand out and move forward. Using a groove rock of an earlier era and combining it with potent yet accessible lyrics, Perfect Confusion makes rock in an irresistible mold. Their just-released self-titled album on the 110 Entertainment label is one of the strongest debuts of a local band in recent memory.
This Bowling Green band has been playing from Louisville to middle Tennessee purveying its instinctive and soulful brand of rock. With the release of Perfect Confusion, the band offers its unique sound born of ’70s groups like Small Faces and its unusual lyrical acumen to the record-buying public. Perfect Confusion was recorded at Deep Sound Recordings and produced by Perfect Confusion, Joel Hopper, and Joey Stratton
The group is Matt Shultz (lead vocals), Thomas Bullen (guitar), Brad Shultz (guitar), David Kem (bass), and Jared Champion (drums and percussion). The Shultz brothers and Champion have been playing together for years, but this lineup of musicians has been together for eight months, according to the newest member David Kem. “We’re trying to be a departure from what’s going on now,” said Kem. The band draws musically from ’60s and ’70s bands, Led Zeppelin, and jam bands, even a little hip hop element now and then.
Guitarists Bullen and Brad Shultz have a vintage rock sound and sensibility that burns clear and bright while leaving room for Matt Shultz’ passionate phrase-heavy vocals. All of it is underpinned and propelled by the highly-developed groove of Champion and Kem. A British Invasion type tune “Man of the Hour” stands side by side with the emotionally complex “Make Peace and Be Free” with equal assurance.
Matt Shultz brings great amounts of personality to his vocal work, although he doesn’t seem too impressed with himself. “I never considered myself that great of a singer,” he demurred, “I just try to stay on key.” Mick Jaggar and Chris Robinson aren’t pretty singers, but they projected a certain dynamic of soul and sharp bite, as does Matt.
That bite carries over into the topics Perfect Confusion addresses in song. Second track “Beat Your Ear Drums” gets the listener ready, with Matt singing “Let me beat your ear drums/I think that I’ve got something to say” over an energetic drive. The rollicking “Roll Over” points a finger at conditioned expectations - “All this time/They brainwash your mind/You were raised by MTV/Good morning, America.” “Wallpaper” refers to how we cover ourselves - “Get a face lift/Get your nose done/Get a great tan/Boy you really look young.”
Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, the Pink Floyd tandem of Waters and Gilmour, Kurt Cobain, and classic groups the Doors, Beatles, and Led Zeppelin played a great influence on Matt Shultz’ songwriting. “A lot of Cobain’s lyrics are railings against the system,” said Matt. That particular aspect is evident on album highlight “Jamie’s Institution,” a sharp critique at how behavioral drugs are viewed in modern culture with a twist at the end. It suggests a different perspective driving treatment of ADHD and other behavioral conditions in the young, with Matt cutting through at each chorus “Some say a lie tastes better/The truth is much too cruel/Some say a lie tastes better/But I know, we know better.”
After a February 5 show at State Street Pub, Perfect Confusion heads for Murfreesboro to play at Wall Street along with Folk Medicine on February 10. They return to Bowling Green to perform at the Brewing Company on February 11 and Brickyard Cafe on February 19, then its back to Tennessee to play February 26 at Windows on the Cumberland in Nashville. Their new websitewww.perfectconfusion.comis under construction; meantime, serves as their home in cyberspace. Until the new website is up, a Perfect Confusion show is the place to acquire the new CD release, sure to be one of the best local efforts of 2005.
- The Amplifier Feb.05 By Don Thomason

"'Perfect Confusion' Hits it big in Local Rock Scene"

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Having no idea the night would introduce them to one of the biggest local music acts since Nappy Roots, Bryan Stuart, 22, of Lafayette, Ind., and William "Weejy" Rogers, 21, of Clarksdale, Miss., found Perfect Confusion last September at a local bar they visited in an attempt to meet people in Bowling Green. They have been to every gig the group's played since.

"At least the ones (here)," Stuart said. "And we went to Murfreesboro to see them and slept in my car outside the courthouse."

The Bowling Green quintet is made up of Thomas Bullen (left hand guitar), brothers Brad Shultz (right hand guitar) and Matt Shultz (vocals), David Kem (bass) and Jared Champion (drums and percussion.)

The band, which practices two or three times a week, has gained a lot of ground in the past few months.

It's booked in venues stretching from Louisville to Nashville nearly every weekend, and in January, released its 10-track debut album.

Recorded by Deep Sound Recordings under the independent label 110 Entertainment, the heavily blues-inspired album is solid - supreme even for a first effort.

Though their sound is signature - especially compared to most of the modern music scene - they do borrow elements from several alternative and rock genres' most classic artists; most stem from the late '60s and early '70s, but hints of Pearl Jam and the voice of Blind Melon's late Shannon Hoon are pretty apparent.

"We've got the album and we still request, like, two songs a day on Revolution (91.7 FM) because I don't have a CD player in my car," Stuart said. "They're just really original."

In it's self-titled debut, among a list that includes God, friends and family, the band offers special thanks to Western's Revolution 91.7, which started playing Perfect Confusion songs several months ago.

"When they sent us a copy of the demo 'Beat Your Eardrums,' we started playing it, and it got requested constantly," said sophomore Chris Hill, who co-hosts "Local Shots" on Revolution. "They just completely blew up when that single came out. For a while it was probably our most requested song. It was ridiculous."

Though several members of the band have played together for a few years, according to the band's manager Joey Stratton, it was only about eight months ago that it emerged with the sound it has today - a fact he credits mostly to Kem.

"He's the element we were missing," Stratton said.

Prior to Kem's arrival, the group's roots were divulged more in the grunge or hard rock genres. Kem, who had been in several previous bands, said he inspired the improvisational side of Perfect Confusion.

"And Matt can almost freestyle," Kem added of the lead singer. "It's crazy."

This seemingly natural ability of Matt Schultz to put words to music, is one of the band's strongest assets.

An added bonus is the fact that Perfect Confusion lyrics aren't centered on the typical messages from more young hormonal bands, specifically on or about love, love lost, and lust (though "Midnight Rendezvous" and "Man of the Hour" are exceptions).

Instead they focus on subjects like prescription drugs, debt and twisted politicians.

In the aptly titled "Government Song" for example, Matt Schultz croons in a trademark, feathering voice: They don't mind to risk your life/For worthless dollar bills/And they'll gladly send you off to war/To reach their own objectives.

"Most of the guys love music and just want to play," Brad Shultz said of his bandmates. "I mean, me and Matt love music, too, but we're here to preach a message.

"A lot of bands lose sight of the power you have when you play music; but when you hear something you like, you eventually are going to learn the words."

And what this means is Perfect Confusion brings to the table a dissipating phenomenon among many of today's most popular acts - it believes in what it has to say and it shows.

There are several standout tracks on this album, most notably "Beat Your Eardrums," "Jamie's Institution" and "Autumn Breeze."

"We try to make it a point not to write songs about girls," Kem said. "We like to write more about things like our political beliefs and things of substance."

So does Kem have a favorite song?

"Probably 'Midnight Rendezvous,'" he said, then dips his head and sweeps a hand over this face sheepishly. "It's the only one about a girl, too."

But there are some songs Kem is a little tired of performing; "Beat Your Eardrums," is wearing thin.

"Yeah, I'm starting to get burned out on that one," Kem said. "But it's still good. It's one that everybody's always asking for."

Though parts of the CD can seem almost mellow, this is far from the case with any of the band's songs performed live.

People at Perfect Confusion shows are routinely consumed by the performances. Regardless of whether listeners are singing along to songs from the album (and most are), their bodies react almost instinctively.

That's because the band definitely knows how to throw a live show.

Infectious energy streams back - spreading from the band members themselves (either with Bullen playing his guitar from behind his head, Matt's barefoot convulsions on stage or Brad's impulsive, decisions to crowd surf) to the front lines of their most devoted fans like Stuart and Rogers, then on back to the people who wandered in off the street.

At the end of the night, if smoked cigarettes and spilled beer are any indication of a good show, this fast-rising local rock n' blues band never fails to bring down the house

- WKU Herald

"Perfect Confusion Artist of the Week on XM radio unsigned"

Perfect Confusion Artist of the Week on XM radio unsigned
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"May 05 News 4 U cd review"

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In a fabulous cross between Kings of Leon, the Rolling Stones and the fabled Stillwater from Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, Perfect Confusion fall in place comfortable between the backwoods funk and low-down blues of their kin. The drums, courtesy of Jared Champion, are funky, not so much Charlie Watts, but more Butch Trucks or Johnny Lee Johnson from the Allman Brothers Band or perhaps even Levon Helm, one of the greats known for making the most rootsy rock as funky as Motown. The guitars pulse and pound and at other times, slide and sing the blues, perfectly complimenting the foundation laid by Champion and bassist David Kem. On tracks like “Jaime’s Institution,” Thomas Bullen and Brad Schultz could easy be blood brothers to the likes of say, Rich Robinson. Singer, Matt Shultz is also reminiscent of Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson, and most definitely Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill, but definitely more discernible than the latter. The only thing that this disc lacks is good production. Being a semilocal (Bowling Green, Kentucky) group, this disc sounds local, but in no way feels local. These guys have it and there’s no doubt about that. With some production that this group deserves, Perfect Confusion would be nothing short of stellar.

--Aaron Distler
- News 4 U


Perfect Confusion - self titled


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Bowling Green, Kentucky, is not the first place that anyone would look for the next big thing in rock music. But the city most famous for Corvettes and Nappy Roots has spawned just that: Perfect Confusion.
Perfect Confusion was formed in summer of 2001. A group of young kids heavily influnced by the sounds of 70's music and culture, they set out to create a sound that they couldnt find in todays rock genre. A sound that was raw and charged with a message. The five piece band immediately began performing and building a name for itself with a dynamic mix of groove, soul and rock’n’roll that’s hard to categorize but easy to love. Singer Matt Shultz leads the band with a unique vocal style, lyrics and a solid stage presence. Bassist David Kem and drummer Jared Champion make up the band’s powerful rhythm section. Kem’s driving bass lines and Champion’s funky, foot-stomping rhythms build a foundation for right-handed guitarist Brad Shultz’s chomping guitar riffs and left handed guitarist Thomas Bullen’s impassioned solos. Each song is a lesson on what five kids with a heart for music and a mind for change can do.
In the summer of 2004 after months of rehearsal the band went into the studio to record their first full length album. After several months of performing in venues from Lousiville to Nashville the band is beginning to build momentum, and will release their first self-titled album in december of 04.