Building internet fame some years ago by uploading guitar forums online, Misha “Bulb” Mansoor, created Periphery in 2005 and remains the only original member of the group. Misha is lead of the 3 guitarists in the band along with Jake Bowden and Mark Holcomb on rhythm guitar. The band has gone through quite a few replacements over the years. In 2009, drummer Travis Orbin, left to pursue his own career. Shortly after Mansoor found Matt Halpern playing for a local pop band, and recruited him to drum for Periphery.
During 2011, Mark Holcomb and Adam “Nolly” Getgood, of british progressive band Red Seas Fire, temporarily stepped in to replace the original guitarist Alex Bois, until a permanent member could be found. By October, Holcomb became that permanent member. With Periphery‘s European tour with Dream Theater underway, Tom Murphy then decided to leave the guys bassist less and dropped out as well. Luckily Getgood is a multi – instrumentalist and the tour went on. In early 2012, Misha and Nolly teamed up to produce Periphery II: This Time its Personal, and by the summer it was official they had their bass player all the while in Getgood. Forth time seems to be a charm with Spencer Sotelo as their newest front man. The fans have stayed true more or less, accepting Sotelo‘s vocal escapes as compared too Periphery‘s previous vocalists styles.
I must admit, I was curious to see how this band was going to add up musically. Despite my album review for their newest CD Juggernaut Omega/Alpha, Periphery‘s LIVE sound is so much better in person without all the bells, whistles, and other random elements of the self-recordings. Not sure if Sotelo being under the weather had anything to do with the vocal aspect of it. The only thing that I found really impressive besides the beautiful signature series instruments they were using , was the fact that the new Club Red was cram packed with excitable fans singing, jumping, and screaming to every single word. But I still just couldn’t get into them and hung out in the back, observing from a far – trying to keep an open mind during the whole performance. However, minus the epileptic light show, it was a pretty good time. Once again my favorite song, not only because it was their last song, but because it was their most memorable, Ragnarok off P2, seemed to have everyone beyond pumped, including the band, whom had great energy throughout! Regardless of my opinion, they’re obviously doing it right, just not my cup of tea.
Enthusiastic fans lined up outside the venue, dressed in full Periphery merch, several hours before the doors even opened. After the $150 (per person) meet and greet with their admirers, we were able to sit down with Misha and Nolly for the interview on their big fanciful tour bus. In the interview, we discuss the tour with the supporting acts, what it’s like being a self-produced band in this industry, how their music is made just for them specificity and vaguely the future of Periphery in 2015.
January 10 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
January 11 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
January 12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
January 13 Tampa, FL Orpheum
January 14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
January 16 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
January 17 Houston, TX House of Blues
January 18 Dallas, TX House of Blues
January 20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
January 21 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
January 22 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
January 23 Anaheim, CA Yost Theater
January 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
January 27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
January 28 Seattle, WA El Corazon
January 31 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
February 2 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
February 3 Chicago, IL House of Blues
February 4 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
February 6 Toronto, ON Opera House
February 7 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
February 8 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
February 9 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
February 11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
February 12 New York, NY Irving Plaza
February 13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
February 14 Philadelphia, PA District N9ne