A Concert Review
Well, I'm leaving the office on my way into the big city. It seems
I'm off to cover a band called The Gufs. They were the opener for
the opening band this night - it seems they are new on the big-time
music scene, but in no way new to the music scene. With the city
comes traffic, and I planned ample time to make it to the show
early. Hmmm, the papers said the show started at 7:30, I needed to
get there around 7:00, and, amazingly enough, I timed it perfectly.
Well, perfectly if the papers were right because the show started at
7:00. "Shit," I'm saying to myself, "I'm missing it,
and I'm stuck here standing in line." This is different, cover
a show while waiting in line. See, I could hear the band, I just
couldn't see them and I'm hoping this line moves quickly because I
knew that since they were the opener for the opening band, their set
would be short.
7:15, I'm in the doors to The Riviera, scrambling to get some
photos, and listening to some pretty cool music. I had heard their
CD before, simply called "The Gufs," so the songs sounded
familiar, but I like a live show - I think it shows the trueness of
a band. The Gufs were pretty true.
On stage there were five dudes, your basic four band dudes with
an added percussion guy. The music, well, hmm, hey, check out my CD
review of their CD, it's basically what they played (they did only
have 30 minutes to spotlight themselves). But, I will tell you this,
and I guess it's just kinda simple, the band plays kinda
guitar-driven pop/rock. Alright, that's a pretty wide
generalization, but they remind me a little like Deep Blue
Something, you know, the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" band,
but with an edge.
As for the show, they already had a pretty decent legion of fans
that they have picked up through the years (they're a midwest band
centered around Wisconsin and Indiana). I think it helped them be a
little bit more personable with the crowd since the early arrivers
seemed to be there more to see The Gufs than the other acts. While
playing, the boys held themselves well, not being glued to their
mike stands, and they put out a fun feeling as they blasted through
their thirty minutes (at least for the 15 minutes I saw, but the
first 15 minutes sounded like they were holding their own). And you
know, as I think about it, I liked these guys better live than I
liked their CD, I thought the sound was mixed better, but I won't
get into the CD mixing here.
All in all I don't really know what to say except The Gufs are a
pretty cool live band. Nothing really flashy, but they've got some
catchy songs and aren't your "we'll just stand here and
The set was short so it would have taken me being blown away to
give them a great rating. I liked them, the crowd seemed to like
them, but I wasn't blown away. It's ONE THUMB UP for The Gufs this
time around. I will give these guys a lot of credit for sticking
with a band gig through college and making their way towards the
big-time. That's not easy, and as much Goran Kralj (he's the lead
singer and songwriter dude) seems to comment that being only 26
hasn't left him with many inspirations, like him, "having grown
up in a normal family, going to college and doing the normal things
that go along with that" (that's his quote, not mine), if his
normal family and college life was anything close to mine, there's
probably a lot more inspirations than he realizes.
Well, that's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!