For the most part, Gsus lacked the musical polish that the two later bands would display. That’s not to say, however, that they were bad. On the contrary, I’d say they were a pretty decent band opening for bands that really have got it together. While their music wasn’t perfectly refined – with the exception of some nice, fast-paced guitar work from the lead guitarist -- they more than made up for it with a great deal of energy that came through in their show.
The Tic Tac
It’s not often that the curtains are drawn at a venue and I’m left wondering what the heck is going on. The Tic Tac’s set was like that, with only the drummer opening the show. After a tense minute, though, that got remedied and the rest of the band took to the stage (yes, it was on purpose), belting out a few slow, bass-driven songs. Those slow songs, which were fantastic, then progressed into much faster, more frenetic numbers. The Tic Tac set wasn’t the most active to grace the stage at The Wall, but it was very dynamic, with the drummer walking off the stage for a bit and interacting with the crowd.
The Looking Glass
Launching their latest EP at The Wall, The Looking Glass were the headliners for the evening, putting on an incredibly well-rounded performance for the crowd. Between the very large and loud sound (I wondered about the effectiveness of my earplugs at points) the band puts out, and the bounce off the walls show that is singer Jon Hom, there’s was plenty to keep both eyes and ears entertained. If you’ve ever caught The Looking Glass live before at a smaller venue, you have got to see them at a bigger joint like The Wall. Odd as it may sound, the entire performance just seems louder and the on-stage antics even wilder.