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Young the Giant, a SoCal-based alternative rock band, is currently touring their newest album Mirror Master. Their closest show was on Sunday, November 11 at the Strand Theatre in Providence. As a fan since their 2011 self-titled album, I had to make the trek to Rhode Island for a show that was sure to be fantastic.
Preceding Young the Giant was Canadian singer/songwriter Lights. Lights entered the stage with loads of adrenaline and bright red hair. Her stage presence was excellent. She fulfilled her roll of getting the crowd hyped up before the main act. Many were unfamiliar with her music, myself included; however, that didn’t stop Lights from giving her all on stage. Songs like “Giants” and “Up We Go” proved to be crowd-pleasers. Everyone was jumping around and singing to songs they didn’t even know. Lights was a memorable opening act, but by the time she finished was on edge anticipating Young the Giant’s performance.
After the opening act and what felt like hours of idle standing around waiting, darkness filled the room and the loud sounds of the synthesizer filled the theatre. One by one the band members took to the stage, with frontman Sameer Gadhia entering last. The band kicked off the show with their title track “Mirror Master” off of their newest album
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The show started off extremely upbeat, with everyone in the theatre dancing and singer to older favorites like “Apartment” and new hits like “Heat of the Summer.” Young the Giant then decided to slow down and make the show more intimate by stripping down two of their slower songs “Art Exhibit” and “Firefly.” While parts of the crowd were too chatty for my liking during these quiet songs, Sameer’s dreamy voice and the slow waving of iPhone flashlights overpowered them, making for a beautiful moment.
The set ended with with an encore that consisted of four of their most rocking, fan favorite songs. At this point, the crowd was full of energy, making for a lively time. Everyone danced and sang along to each song, however, nothing compares to the atmosphere that filled the room when Young the Giant played “My Body.” There was not a single person who wasn’t dancing and screaming along to the lyrics. Everyone was overcome with pure joy as they closed the show to this fun hit.
The lights used during their performance was impressive in their own right. The bright colors coordinated to certain beat drops and patterns within the music, and illuminated the faces of each band member perfectly. Though the band has no choreography, their goofy dance motions balance each others well. They have a great dynamic with each other on stage. Sameer is especially fun to watch as he enthusiastically dances and bangs on the cowbell during various songs.
Young the Giant overall put on a tremendous performance that left the crowd wanting more. Check out their newest album Mirror Master and make it to one of their shows, they won’t