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Gayngs played Bowery Ballroom

October 4, 2010

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…

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