Land of the free, home of the strange. Young the Giant’s vibrant and mezmoring tour light up the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 21. Named after their third album, the ‘Home of The Strange’ tour was filled with unforgettable performances and high energy.
The indie rock band originally formed in 2004, in a town on the outskirts of Los Angeles called Irvine. Members include Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and Francois Comtois (drums). This tour stop was a short return to their hometown. The band members even mentioned that their friends and family were in the audience.
Opening for Young The Giant were the New York indie band, Ra Ra Riot. Although the audience was mostly seated during their performance, the bands infectious synthpop style won over the crowd and had them cheering. Wes Miles high vocals were one of the highlights. The frontmans effortless ability to produce extremely high vocal range was quite impressive. Other highlights included the bands strong instrumentations. It was refreshing to witness their incorporations of violins. It’s unusual to see violins added to synth pop and they defintely made it work. Young the Giant made a great choice adding Ra Ra Riot to their tour.
Young the Giants exhilarating performance was quite impressive. Variety was key to the bands successful set. The band began their set strong with the single ‘Jungle Youth.’ They played a 19 song set that included crowd favorites from all three albums. The bands ability to smoothly transition from mellow songs, ‘Titus Was Born,’ to energetic upbeat ones ‘Mind over Matter,’ kept the audience delighted.
The bands indie roots shined, yet their new energetic rock style is mezmorizing to listen and watch. Frontman, Sameer Gadhia, oozed confidence and sex appeal. His stage presence was enchanting. The audience loved it. Other members of the band also shined. Eric Cannata’s eccentric dance moves with his guitar, demonstrated that the band has fun performing in front of a live audience. Even on one occasion, the band tried to synchronize some dance moves. It was very fun to watch.
Young the Giant’s impressive performance shows they are headed for great success. Their ability to produce an amazing amount of catchy and interesting singles, is easily the best highlight of the entire show. The band ended the show with two encores. The last single, ‘My Body,’ had the entire audience jumping around. It was the perfect way to end a show.
- Jungle Youth
- Something to Believe In
- I Got
- Titus Was Born
- Cough Syrup
- Mr. Know‐It‐All
- Mind Over Matter
- Art Exhibit
- Nothing’s Over
- Home of the Strange
- My Body