Michael Gungor, frontman of musical collective Gungor, admitted in an interview with The Daily Beacon he does not believe in genre.
This belief manifested itself in the genre-defying '80s pop, folk-rock, disco fever, slow funk groove Gungor brought to The Square Room stage Saturday night.
Opener K.S. Rhoads hinted at the diversity to come with his own unique performance that included acoustic ballads, beat boxing and rap. As a one man band on the road, Rhoads used looping pedals to create the effect of a four piece with his soulful, genuine music.
"My goal in life is to be present," Rhoads said. "The human experience is wonder, and the pain and questions are part of living life to the fullest."
When Gungor took the stage, the audience was energized and ready to be blown away. The intro music sounded like that of a circus, a telling symbol of the musical Cirque Du Soleil that was to come.
With varied instrumentation, intense light which reflected stylistic changes and the vocal sincerity that Gungor has become known for, the act had The Square Room audience feeling the music right along with them.
For many, including David Platillero, senior in electrical engineering and computer science, Gungor surpassed expectation.
"I was impressed by the level of talent," Platillero said. "They have a good live sound and good light show. I loved the classical guitar and the creative way they used their instruments."
Gungor had four people on the stage, including his wife Lisa Gungor, bassist and keyboardist John Arndt and drummer Terence Clark. Each member played multiple instruments throughout the show to create an almost cinematic sound, complete with longer instrumental interludes scattered throughout the show.
While the first half of the show was an energy-fueled rock show with dubstep undertones, the group evolved into more subdued songs throughout the hour and a half set. This culminated in their encore, which consisted of just Michael Gungor playing their hit "Beautiful Things" on acoustic guitar with much audience participation.
After the show, attendees buzzed with excitement and praise for the group. Ashley Rutherford, a graduate student in nursing, had listened to Gungor before, but had never seen them live or listened to their recently released record "I Am Mountain."
"I was really surprised and impressed at how different they sounded," Rutherford said. "I was astounded at the amount of talent and diversity in their music. At one point, they dropped the beat, and it was so unexpected."
The group's love for music and honest expression was evident throughout the show, which Rhoads said is a reflection of Gungor's personal character.
"They're like my family," Rhoads said. "Gungor is one of the kindest bands I've ever opened for. They treat me like a member of their own band, which is something openers don't get very often."
Gungor's new album "I Am Mountain" is currently available on iTunes.