Gayngs played Bowery Ballroom
Gayngs brought their smooth soft-rock sound to Bowery Ballroom for their NYC debut last night (10/3) and managed to find just the right balance between the tounge-in-cheek concept of the album and the seriously good product that they created. The saxophonist, Michael Lewis, and vocalist/guitarist Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) were the two key elements of the 11-piece band – and they couldn’t be more different. With his long hair and blazer, Lewis fit the role of the classic smooth-jazz saxophonist, playing incredibly well and giving the band all the soft-rock cred they would need. Vernon, decked out in a white, buttoned-up Lacoste cardigan, white pants and sunglasses, sang thru his auto-tuned mic all night as he worked his way between his patented falsettos, T-Pain-esque r&b, death-metal growling and (a personal favorite) the Bone-Thugs breakdown on “The Last Prom on Earth”. The band was clearly having fun all night: several wore shades, masks or oversized hats, the two bassists broke into an impromptu slow-dance with one another, the synth player boozed heavily while dancing estatically throughout the entire show and they performed three well-chosen covers (“By Your Side” by Sade, “Cry” by Godley and Creme and “Eye in the Sky” by the Alan Parsons Project). Gayngs has brought some soul to soft-rock and managed to get the indie kids heads bobbing in the process. They play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/4).
Set list: The Gaudy Side of Town, Walker, Cry, No Sweat, By Your Side, Beatdown, Crystal Rope, Spanish Platinum, Fade High, Ride, Last Prom
Encore: Eye in the Sky
Gayngs – “The Gaudy Side of Town”
Drunk synth player and Justin Vernon flash the Gayngs sign in approval at Michael Lewis…