- Person People...the early years: 2005 at the Grove.
The new Bend hip-hop crew, consisting of producer/DJ Adam Bomb, mixmaster DJ Barisone, Sorski, and four or five MCs - including KP, Sandman, and Fish-have been hard at work for a while now, right under our little newsprint-blackened noses.
Their first homespun CD, Driftwood Insomnia, has already made a splash at a local record store or two, with copies reportedly flying off the shelves at a rate to exceed most major-label releases. That disc, irresistibly superfly and sparkly as it is, only features the work of KP and A-Bomb.
Person People (or "Person Peeps" as they're sure to be commonly referred to by familiars) released another disc, Oregonize..., at the Grove last Saturday. As it revealed the mystery of what all the Peep sound like in the studio, their performance gave the crowd a taste of their potential onstage.
You couldn't blame anybody for the anticipatory hype that surrounded the show. Any real-live, new hip-hop group has the makings of a very good thing for Bend. If you haven't noticed, the city figures as a relatively dry spot in the wide, wonderful world of hip-hop music production - even as the culture is alive and well among the citizens. It didn't hurt, either, that well-known slam poets, KP and Sandman (aka Jason Graham), as well as familiar console-jockey Barisone, were involved...
As it turned out, the hype for the show was certainly well founded. A-Bomb and Barisone's work at the back of the stage was tight n' spicy, featuring deft scratches and clever mizes (Darth Vader's theme...always a nice touch). The show was explosive -a solid hour-and-a-half or so of propulsive beats and copious rhymes.
These cats have serious potential to become a Bend legend - let's hope they have the ambition to match, so we can enjoy them for a while.
And enjoy them we have.
Person People, Eleven Eyes
9pm, Saturday, February 28. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $7. All ages.