Gus Dapperton brought his ‘so you think you’re a comic’ tour to the Fox Cabaret on April 18th, promoting his EP of the same name. Though the twenty-year-old’s name isn’t well-known, he has been generating a ton of hype within the bedroom pop genre following the release of a pair of EPs ‘Yellow and Such’ and the aforementioned ‘So You Think You’re a Comic’.
He brings gentle poetry to ornate arrangements with a style and a bowl cut that conjures up pure 80s. His persona, Gus Dapperton – the gender-bending boy with green hair and lipstick, is present in eye-catching music videos that were released last year – and his style even netted him a feature in Vogue.
So I was impressed that he came to Vancouver after being in the limelight for so little time. He has some great singles, like ‘Prune, You Talk Funny,’ but other times his music is very intimate and subdued – I was interested in which aspects he would bring out in a performance. I was also looking for glimpses of new material, there’s supposedly an album on the way.
He opened his set with a performance of ‘Gum, Toe, and Sole’, followed by a few different tracks culminating in a cover of Mario’s ‘Let Me Love You,’ bolstered by a great vocal performance by Gus’ sister who also played keyboards in the band. He followed this up by revealing he had new material to perform – a song from the forthcoming ‘13 Reasons Why’ soundtrack.
Following a short interlude, he cracked some jokes and performed his two best songs ‘I’ll Just Be Snacking’ and ‘Prune’. He told us to enjoy the rest of our night, and left the stage – but thunderous applaus forced him back onstage for just one more song – an energetic cover of ‘Twist and Shout’.
In spite of, or perhaps because of, his intimate sound – he filled the room well. While his sister performed, his grandfather sold shirts. Gus might not be used to the limelight yet, but he will be soon.