Gus Seyffert’s subtle, somewhat lackadaisical falsetto and well-above-average compositional abilities have begun to return the favor. The man behind L.A. act Willoughby has been able to throw together a very favorable West Coast showing – an art form unto itself these days – slated for mid-May. The venue name-dropping begins immediately, with a kick-off at Hotel Café opening for Western States Motel, followed by a stop at The Independent with Langhorne Slim. Visits to the KEXP and Indie 101.3 studios don’t hurt the tour track record either.
All the mileage is in support of I Know What You’re Up To, a 13-track effort written, produced, and performed by Seyffert. It's easy listening for the indie generation, with unhurried vocals (“Dust Bunnies”), brilliantly melodic instrumentation (“Wonder”), and some very smart production that layers everything evenly. Duets and octave jumps complement the singer/songwriter image, as does the storyteller attitude.
Few on the Left Coast will be passed over, and even fewer will be disappointed.
Here are those tour dates:
May 13: Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, California
May 15: The Independent San Francisco, California
May 16: The Java Lounge Sacramento, California
May 17: Sam Bonds Garage Eugene, Oregon
May 19: Mississippi Studios Portland, Oregon
May 20: KEXP Morning Show Seattle, Washington
May 20: El Corazon Seattle, Washington
May 21: Neurolux Boise, Idaho
May 24: The Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, California
May 26: The Viper Room Los Angeles, California