I think I've mentioned before that my relatively small city has a brand new, beautiful new amphitheater, correct? The shows we're getting are high-caliber and incredibly diverse, especially for this area. Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing indie/alternative rocker Gotye live, and I have to confess, I was skeptical going in. Yes, we all know that one song, but what else?
In a word: Wow. Gotye's live show was one of the best I've ever seen. If you can, try to catch one of these shows. You'll thank me.Bear with me here, because I just got a fancy new iPhone and I'm still learning how to take photos and videos (the photo here is one of mine). Even with the fancy features, taking pics at concerts is still really tricky. I refuse to be one of those people who stands there the whole time watching a live show through my phone, but at the same time, I also wanted and needed to see what I could do.
This is my first-ever attempt at video, so try not to laugh. And yes, it's Gotye performing "Somebody That I Used to Know." I know we're all sick and tired of hearing it constantly, but it's a brilliant song that I think will be up for a Grammy Award or two.
Gotye, aka Wouter "Wally" DeBecker is phenomenally talented. The setlist included a lot of songs from his latest album, Making Mirrors, along with some older fan favorites. What struck me was the diversity of sounds: This guy is not afraid to put himself out there and experiment, and the result is usually tremendous.
If I absolutely had to compare Gotye to someone, I'd agree with others who've said Peter Gabriel. Maybe a David Byrne? If that gives you the idea, good, because I believe he's got that kind of talent. Sadly, he played to a really small crowd, but those who came were totally into the show. Props as well to the brilliant Missy Higgins, who opened.
Gotye's wrapping up his U.S. tour right now, but if you do have the opportunity to see one of the remaining shows, I highly recommend it. You're welcome!