Columbus, OH, Promowest Pavilion, October 22, 2006

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

When a band opens with a Buffalo Springfield cover of For What It's Worth, one's ears have to perk up. But when the hard rock/hip hop act of (hed) P.E. plays that song, then it is a given that the rest of the set is going to need attention as well. Taking that anti-war classic and making it not only current in sound but using it as a way to protest what is happening in Iraq may have surprised those in the crowd to see Papa Roach, but shouldn't have surprised any fan of Jared and his band.

 

From the moment Jared, DJ Produkt and whatever band of merry men they surround themselves with on tour, (hed) P.E. has been playing music about topics ranging from the bastardizing of commercialism to alien life forms. But playing in Columbus seemed to bring out the best in (hed) P.E. as they went from cover song to original as fluid as water through a springtime stream.

Although most of the crowd seemed to get into the Buffalo Springfield cover, it was when Jared gave a dedication to the mothers of the soldiers in the war and the first chords broke into Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry that the rest of the audience seemed to wake up to what was happening on stage.

 

Still touring on the Back 2 Base X CD on independent label Suburban Noize Records, (hed) P.E. played a strong 45-minute set and several times thanked headliner Papa Roach for taking the band out on the Zippo tour. Claiming a non-commercial band has a hard time touring and making it in a commercial world, Jared ranted on his love of the fans that have endured the career of a band that gotten very little air play in their storied success. For over 12 years, (hed) P.E. has had a rollercoaster career, sometimes up and sometimes down, but not for the reasons one would normally agree with. Once signed to a major label, Jive Records, most would think that would be the pinnacle of success. But either talking with Jared off stage or hearing him speak on stage, Jared will let anyone know that being on a major label actually hindered his creative process rather than helped it. Since leaving Jive, Jared, Produkt and the band seemed to have found a renewal love for music and touring. When on Jive, (hed) P.E. was touring non-stop for nearly a year, but when seeing the band there seemed to be a limpness to the live show that wasn't there before Jive and has been found again since being signed to Suburban Noize.

 

(hed) P.E. put together a live performance that was inspiring, thought provoking and tight without being too predictable. From the reggae drumbeats to the slap bass playing to the metal guitar riffs, (hed) P.E. is able to blend just about every kinds of music into a set that captures the ears of just about anyone listening. From soft to hard, from slow to blazing fast, (hed) P.E. is a band that seems to have found its love for music once again, and that love is being shared when the band walks out on stage behind a frontman that covered his face with a black bandana for nearly half the show.

Jaxon Benge
Jahred Gomes
Jahred Gomes
Mawk
DJ Produkt
DJ Produkt