Live & Direct with Guster

Guster stopped by the WYEP Studios on May 30, 2013, before their performance at Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead. Members of the famously humorous band talked to WYEP’s Mike Sauter about their recent live album, Guster Live: Acoustic, which was recorded during their 2012 acoustic tour.

“The weird secret about our band is we have a notoriously liberal taping policy, but no-one actually tapes our shows,” the band said. “We get a lot of mileage for being fan-friendly, but no one cares enough to actually do it.” The acoustic live album, as well as their tour in general, gave them a new way to present old material— including a string section and performing in nicer, seated venues and theaters. They also discussed with Sauter the process of arranging a setlist and a live album, which they said is determined by song tempos, pacing so people don’t lose interest, and “whatever gives the drummer the most glory.” In an acoustic tour, they said they were able to indulge in slower songs and their less commonly played tunes.

After playing their hit song “Satellite,” Guster received some audience participation with “Do You Love Me,” which they said pleasantly surprised them. “We’ve never had anyone clap all the way through. That is a testament to the rhythm of Pittsburgh and our deep soul roots here in the band.”  After their summer tour with Ben Folds Five and the Barenaked Ladies, the band already has songs ready to make a new album. This summer will also bring the 150th tour organized by Reverb, a nonprofit founded by lead singer Adam Gardner that helps bands go green on the road.

Set List: 

- This Could All Be Yours Someday

- Satellite

- Do You Love Me?

- Jesus on the Radio