Guster Doesn't Suck
Guster doesnít suck, but they donít rock
either. The band originally from Boston plays skillful and unchallenging
Heartbreak Hotel in Providence is a venue of 1,925 and it sold out. The
audience was 98% white and very polite. They matched the music. Dressed
in their finest Abercrombie and Fitch they swayed and bobbed along to the
janglely tunes. There was no edge, nothing to make the band, the audience
or the whole show stand out. It was a glass of tepid milk.
impressive, no the only impressive thing about the band was the drummer.
He played well and without the use of drumsticks, he used his hands.
Drumming can make or break a band and Guster luckily has a very good
Matt Pond PA
opened for Guster. They were a good choice for an opening act; they
didnít over shadow the headlining act as they were even more lackluster
and dull than Guster. Milquetoast is the term that best describes them.
The lead singer, whom I assume is Matt Pond but who really cares, sounds
like a mix between Neil Young and Adam Duritz.
Is this rock
and roll? Have rock shows become homogenized and watered down? Guster had
lights, smoke and projections but no verve. WBRU the once cutting edge
radio station owned by Brown University sponsored the show. ĎBRU was an
exciting and challenging radio station in the 1970ís and 80ís. During the
1990ís WBRU went the way of most American radio and apparently rock and
roll too becoming safe predictable and corporately generic. It seems
fitting they were promoting Guster a band that could be the poster child
for safe rock. This is the music you can bring your grandmother and
8-year-old niece to hear but be prepared they too could get bored.