The crowd at the Metro was unlike I had ever seen before. I could walk straight up to the bar with no wait and I could see both walls. Do people no longer go out to shows on Thursday night, Chicago? It was an 18+ show, and perhaps that is what kept the younger Justin Vernon fans at bay.
The ten men of Gayngs calmly took to the stage in their normal fashion wearing white pants, cheap looking sunglasses, silly hoodies, hats, and bow ties. Justin Vernon upped it up with a Davey Crockett-esque coon tail hat. The Metro was about 1/2 full, which disappointed me, but everyone there clearly want to be there which made me happy. As soon as the beatboxing and slow croon from the oboe on The Gaudy Side Of Town came out bodies started to sway.
In between songs they brought up breaking into Wrigley Field and having a giant Bud Light party. Everything they said was on the vocoder which was provided hilarity, which the crowd seemed to love. They played the album through with the exception to play a cover of Sade's By Your Side. Check over to Daytrotter.com to hear a recording. Glasser stepped on stage for the upbeat, Faded High. The build up was complete once they reached, The Last Prom On Earth. People swayed and slow danced appropriately to it and no one when it to end.
Gayngs came on almost immediately for an encore asking, "Have you ever heard of the internet?" and promptly played The Allen Parsons Song, "Eye In The Sky". Judging from the crowds excitement it seems as everyone had seen the recent video. They left the stage with the ease at which they came on, leaving the crown wanting one more last dance.
Editor's Note: While Katia's review is of the Gayngs show at the Metro, the snaps are courtesy of recent Wisco transplant John Brunner who caught the Gayng at Turner Hall. You can view all the dreamy pictures here! We recommend doing so while listening to that Gayngs Daytrotter session, with a glass of fine wine, and wearing nothing but the skin you were born in. Not that I did that recently...