With a name like Business Suit Guy, you just do not know what to expect if it is your first time seeing this phenomenal Portland, Oregon based rock trio. These guys are so cool that it should indeed be a crime to miss them. Featuring Paul Panula fronting on guitar and vocals, Erin Bartley on Bass and Vocals, and Keith Parkhurst keeping the motor running on drums and vocals, this is a show you can’t forget. Lucky for me, this was my second time seeing these guys, and they did not disappoint. The only thing that might be considered a draw back was that Panula did not have on his headset mic and was forced to return to a fixed spot on the stage to share his vocal wit.
Believe me when I tell you, this man leaves nothing on that stage when he wraps up a performance. He is a ball of amazing energy throwing down guitar licks that will make any six-string hack just a bit jealous. (Yeah, I’d totally take lessons from this guy!) One part Rick Neilson (from Cheap Trick fame) and all the energy and posing you remember from those great 80s hair band videos…minus the hair. And that is a HUGE part of the charm and fun of this group. The witty and clever lyrics are couched in serious heavy metal riffs that have you doing a double-take every ten seconds because you can’t believe what you are hearing or seeing.
And the two men keeping the tight rhythm of this trio at a ferocious and steady beat are straight out of a hybrid punk/metal band. The way Bartley keeps that bass slung low is straight out of a Ramones show and Parkhurst is a monster on the drums (with a heart of gold that will be featured here on this blog in the not-too-distant future). Together, this dynamic duo keep Panula on target and at a steady fever pace that leaves the audience wishing the show would never end.
If you are in the Portland area and see these guys coming soon to a local establishment, do yourself a favor…grab a few friends and make a night of it. You will be hooked forever.
It is a big thanks to the Stealing Lucky guys that I found Business Suit Guy. Will Barnes and Andrew Losli are half of a tribute band (Poison’us) that our house is very fond of and catch often. When we were invited to see their original band, Stealing Lucky, we couldn’t resist. They were billed with BSG and urged us to stick around to see the trio after their set. This recent show at the Dublin Pub was a double-bill with the Lucky gang in the second slot.
Will Barnes is a natural in front of the crowd and you can tell that he loves performing. True to his gritty rock roots, his music is full of not only double-entendres, but also straight up “nasty stuff”. The track titled “P & G” will have you asking yourself if you just heard what you thought you heard.
Catch these guys on the right night and they have stacks of CDs just laying out on the table for free so that the party never has to end. These guys are more proof of the amazing talent pool when it comes to local original bands. (Timelight! Where have you been?!) Losli is a drummer that pulls your eyes to the rear of the stage as he keeps time while standing every so often; add in the way he spins and twirls his sticks and you can find yourself almost hypnotized.
This is straight-up, old fashioned rock and roll. For a couple of hours, the world melts away and you simply enjoy great music and incredible entertainment. Thanks to both bands for an amazing night and to the Dublin Pub for hosting the party.