Review: Gus Dapperton Brings an All Out Synth Haven to Metro

After the release of his debut full-length album, Where Polly People Go To Read, Gus Dapperton announced U.S. tour that would make a stop at Metro. I was very unsure of what to expect from Gus Dapperton’s headline show last Friday night yet also very eager to finally hear his music live. Gus Dapperton is a very quirky and flashy guy, matching his glitzy and rich synth-pop sounds. At only 22 years old, he has been slowly on the rise among indie-pop fans and synth lovers. His track “Of Lacking Spectacle” has even been featured on the Netflix original’s 13 Reasons Why soundtrack for season two; a track that I thoroughly enjoy and was thrilled when he performed it at Metro.

Walking up the stairs to the Metro’s main floor, people were already packed like sardines anticipating a lively and energetic show from Gus. There was an array of age groups at the show which is always refreshing to see when an artist appeals to a wide variety of people. As he finally came up on stage, the audience was more than delighted. Gus is known for his bold and unusual fashion sense and that night was no exception. Sporting sparkly pants, chunky shoes and orange hair; he immediately had fans and myself amazed with his charisma.

Gus pumped up the crowd with his wacky dance moves; headbanging and contorting his body as he strummed away at his guitar appearing almost like an animated character. He pretty much played jam after jam which included his top song on Spotify currently: “Prune, You Talk Funny.” He concluded his set with a very commendable cover of Twist And Shout which was the perfect closing number for a hearty performance.

The best way I could describe Gus Dapperton is witty, eccentric and brilliant. His performance was brisk and fresh. Going into it I had no idea what to expect from such an emerging artist but I will say that I left with post-concert sadness. The show flew by, leaving me wanting more from Gus. The minute I left the venue I wanted to relive it all over again. I’m very excited to see in which direction his sound will go in the future (as he only has one album out so far) and also eager to see him grow more as an artist to maybe one day headlining fests and bigger venues.

Andrew Lagunas
Andrew Lagunas

Andrew Lagunas is a freelance photographer from Naperville who specializes in portraiture and concert photography. He has an Associate in Arts degree from College of DuPage and is always looking for new creative outlets.