“Less talk, more music,” Sameer Gadhia spoke quickly into the microphone before literally jumping into Young The Giant’s song “Eros,” the fifth song in their high-energy performance on Friday night, March 21st. The Pageant teemed with life as the dance-y tune echoed off the walls and off of Gadhia’s gyrating hips as he crooned into the microphone and shook his tambourine to the beat. The rest of the band never missed a note as they made their way through the set, only slowing down for the gem of their new album, “Firelight,” a song about “letting go of control,” Gadhia put to the sold out crowd.
The show consisted of songs off of their newest album “Mind Over Matter,” and their debut self-titled album in a mix that flowed perfectly together, the older songs spun and tweaked to prove to everyone just how much Young The Giant has grown as a band artistically and as performers. Commanding attention from the crowd, they showed everyone a band that was even better live than in the recordings. Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata’s guitar playing was fun and exact, playing with the pedal sounds like kids in a candy store, the sounds just as sweet. Gadhia’s vocals were immense and breathtaking, using two microphones to add effects no recording could have captured. The balance of the music full and satisfying.
Young The Giant ended the show with two of their older songs, the final “My Body,” being the most energetic song in the hour and a half set. They left the stage with gratitude and smiles as the crowd yelled with appreciation for the musical journey they had just experienced.