The Hum of the Drum


As the 32-year-old musician requested the crowd to "join in the stillness" for the "quieter" songs, he lost out to a group celebrating a birthday and a host of giggling girls near the bar. Once the noise was quelled, it was time for the slow ballads that displayed Gotye's versatility. This was followed by Heart's a Mess with ringing bells and halting rhythms and Tim Shiel on the sample strings, that had a Bollywood touch. For the encore, the synth heavy instrument stations entered the room and so did a screeching rubber chicken. Why? We still don't know.

But the riot of music that followed after that was phenomenal as Gotye pounced upon every instrument with maniacal theatrics, flinging the mike, and creating some extraordinary music. The million ideas he usually has, seemed to go into a tizzy as the 90-minute gig ended with drums making sounds we hadn't heard in a long time.

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