A massive crowd flooded into the back patio of Stubb’s Friday to see two of the biggest bands on today’s indie scene, Gayngs and Local Natives. The show sold out fast after tickets went on sale, but those lucky enough to snag a ticket were in for an amazing show.
Gayngs is comprised of 23 members total, but how often can you bring together almost two dozen talented musicians in one night? For this show, nine musicians took the stage– most donned shades and matching black sweatshirts with Gayngs’ insignia plastered across the chest. From the moment Gayngs arrived, it was clear this show would be one to remember. Bringing together talent from Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, The Rosebuds and other big names proved a success and justified the familiar phrase “the more the merrier.” Unlike most shows, however, these guys seemed way more chilled out and really felt the music they were creating. It almost seemed as if the audience were a fly on the wall watching a group of close friends hold a jam session. A bottle of Jack made its way into the hands of each artist throughout the show, several hugs and high-fives were exchanged and they chatted amongst each other in between, and during, each song. The members of Gayngs were clearly having a great time doing what they loved, and isn’t that typical of the best shows? Gayngs’ soft-rock sound paired with a mesmerizing light display sent the crowd into a dream-like state of mind as they moved to the beat. The crowd erupted before a heartfelt performance of “By Your Side,” a cover of Sade’s single from the early 2000’s. Gayngs concluded their performance with “The Last Prom On Earth,” as the entire audience hoisted Gayngs’ hand signal above their heads.
Audience members could barely contain their excitement as Local Natives took the stage. “Camera Talk” kicked off their performance and had the crowd dancing right off the bat. Beautiful harmonies so typical of
Local Natives resonated through the air throughout their time on stage and seemed so much more powerful in a live performance than through a pair of headphones. Their performance of “Wide Eyes,” perhaps their most well known song, was extremely powerful, and there wasn’t one audience member who wasn’t singing every word. About halfway through their set, a small orchestra comprised of four young musicians joined the band on stage for the remainder of their show. The addition of strings added even more depth to the already powerful music they played. The guys exited the stage after playing a mind-blowing rendition of “Who Knows Who Cares,” but the crowd was far from satisfied and demanded more. They chanted “Sun Hands” at a decibel level seemingly higher than the blaring music transmitted through the speakers just minutes before. The band graciously took the stage once more for an encore and played the forgotten song, ending with a bang.