by Travis Hawkins.
Monday the 24th turned out to be a rocking night as Atlanta-based band Gin House performed on campus in the Blackroom. The band, who’s primary line-up consists of Brandon Clark on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, and Paul Lynch on lead electric guitar and harmony vocals, played in support of their new self-titled E.P. released just recently. The concert brought in over a hundred campus concert-goers and proved to be an all-out fun night as the band gave the students a nice escape from a very long Monday.
You could describe the sound of Gin House as a blend between southern rock & American folk music, giving a very Third Day and NEEDTOBREATHE tinge. The set included a great line up of tunes, both from their E.P. and some that are currently unreleased. Among the E.P. tracks were a couple noticeable stand outs, such as the song “Mariana”. “Mariana” proved to be a crowd favorite as the sweet groove of the song had all eyes up front and provided a catchy sing-a-long hook for the chorus that made the music accessible to the audience. The song “Things in My Head” caught the band rocking out to that classic/southern rock sound as guitarist Paul Lynch provided a show-stopping solo and tastefully added in some excellent background screaming vocals. When the band got into the groove, you could tell there was a passion behind their music.
Another highlight from the overall set included a nice acoustic set between Brandon and Paul which also featured a beautiful cover of the Ryan Adams song “Oh My Sweet Carolina“. Once they brought up the other musicians on stage, they jammed to a couple more songs before calling it quits for the night. While meeting with Brandon Clark after the show, I asked him for his honest thoughts on the performance. As it turns out, the performance at the Blackroom was actually one of the largest gigs Gin House has played so far, so for the band, it was a sort of milestone. You could definitely feel the good time they were having on that stage, and the energy and feel of the show was contagious.
This show was put on thanks to the GCSA student outreach and a freewill donation was collected on behalf of the Y.A.C.H.T Club, so the night proved to be a win for everyone. If you missed Gin House this time around, be sure to check out their website www.gin-house.com or their Facebook page and check out some good music. I can definitely say you won’t regret it.