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Review Fri Oct 01 2010

Review: GAYNGS @ Metro 9/29

GAYNGS (photos by Katie Hovland)

The line outside the Metro at 7:50 was a quiet affair — a boy and girl stood by their lonesomes behind the barricades, watching four spiders have what appeared to be a domestic dispute. Perhaps the 18+ limit kept all the potential young Justin Vernon swooners at home, or maybe on a Thursday everyone was just going to take it slow and smooth. Regardless, by the time Glasser was wrapping up their set, the crowd was dense and active, ready for more after singer Cameron Mesirow's rich Bjork-like timbre had cast its spell.

GAYNGS (photos by Katie Hovland)

The ten men of GAYNGS strutted on the stage in calm, ridiculous fashion — Justin Vernon wore a coonskin cap with tail, Brad Cook of Megafaun wore a white fur hat with teddy bear ears, and cheap sunglasses were everywhere. The gasping beatboxing and buzzes of opener "The Gaudy Side Of Town" were cued up somewhere, and then half the band (some with talkboxes amped up to 11) crooned their way into the single.

GAYNGS (photos by Katie Hovland)

Afterwards, the band made some attempts at small talk about Wrigley Field and baseball, to little success — Vernon then suggested that they could break into Wrigley Field later and hit some baseballs which got a much better reception (perhaps thanks to every statement getting a vocoder call-and-response — "let's all break into wrigley field tonight" can probably stand as one of history's best vocoded lines). They then launched into "Cry".

GAYNGS (photos by Katie Hovland)

The band played Relayted through in order, stopping for one mysterious cover in place of False Bottom, but otherwise powering through to closer "The Last Prom On Earth", which found a few couples faux-slow-dancing along. After an encore break of roughly thirty seconds, the band marched right back out and asked "have you heard of the internet?" alluding to the just-released video of the band covering Alan Parsons Project's "Eye In The Sky", which they promptly performed. With their voices and their balance of schmaltz and sincerity in perfect harmony, the band capped off the night.

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Gayngs Tickets / February 4, 2011 10:52 AM

I’m a crazy fan of Gayngs and waiting impatiently to see them here in California. Love u guys!

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
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Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
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Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
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Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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