Hunky Daughn Gibson is the elephant felt up by the blind men, with comparisons being drawn to John Maus, Johnny Cash, Beck, Scott Walker and Robert Smith. There is a glo-fi sheen to a lot of his work, yet the country roots are prevalent, if off-centre. And, like Maus, everything comes out a bass croon regardless of approach, suggesting a romanticism Gibson, unlike Maus, doesn’t attempt to deny. Openers Brokeback were a Chicago post-rock buzzband in the 1990s, led by Tortoise’s Doug McCombs; better to call them Comeback.
Originally published in issue #121, November 2013.