What do they put in the water in Iceland? Everybody knows of Bjork, the Sugarcubes, Sigur Ros, and Quarashi, but those are not the only talented musical exports from the far away, extra-chilly region. Reykjavik's Gusgus also need to be included on that ultra-hip list and the quirky quartet are currently touring the US behind their latest effort, Attention, to prove it. Last night, Gusgus invaded Chicago's Double Door to unleash their funky, avant-garde dance music on the eagerly awaiting crowd.
The Double Door was surprisingly crowded for a Sunday night show, and late Sunday night at that. Gusgus took the stage around 10:45, complete with an elaborate lighting rig and a digital projection screen that brought their album's artwork to life. The group consisted of a pair of synth players and a pair of energetic, enthusiastic vocalists, all of whom came together to unloaded a high-energy, audio/visual experience.
"Unnecessary," "Dance You Down," and "Attention" all had crowd cheering, dancing, and feeling no pain, but none quite as much as "Desire." From the opening notes of that tune, the audience was sparked into a hot, sweaty, frenzy that raised the temperature to danger levels - even on a cool Chicago evening. Gusgus then closed with "Call of the Wild," but returned shortly thereafter for an encore that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Though I'm still trying to recover from my lack of sleep, the vibe, the atmosphere, and most of all, the music of last night's Gusgus show was a fabulous way to welcome the start of the Fall season. Thanks, Moonshine!