Five-piece Young the Giant returned to Columbus this past weekend, in celebration of their “Home of the Strange” tour. Supporting acts included the unique stylings of Joywave, as well as the always classic Cold War Kids. For an early night Sunday show, Express! Live was surprisingly packed even for indie alt-rockers Joywave to take the stage. Following, Cold War Kids is no new band to the Columbus scene. It was evident that their loyalties were strong-numbered, as many people actually left after their act.
What those didn’t get to witness, is the energy powerhouse that is Sameer Gadhia. Gadhia, the frontman of Young the Giant, commanded the stage even at open. Appearing as a silhouette against a lit up triangle of red backlight, the crowd went berserk. First off of their newest album, “Home of the Strange” released in 2016, the band opened with “Amerika.” Following, was lyrically-potent “Something to Believe In.”
From beginning to end,Young the Giant is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the alternative music scene. They know who they are and what they stand for, and they stick to that. In between songs, Gadhia made the point that the guys have been playing shows in Columbus for the past ten years. All of which have been opening or supporting gigs, but this being their first time headlining at one of the larger venues. It is needless to say that this band has earned it.
A favorite of the performance was a few-song act which they considered as part of their online “in the open” series. All five members (Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois) took center stage to perform in a more intimate manner. “Firelight” stood out as a specifically important song, as Gadhia requested of the audience that they shown some sort of light near the end of the song. It truly was a magical moment. These moments were also the only times that Gadhia was not dancing and bouncing all across the stage, with the front row of the audience.
Closing out their 13-song set, Young the Giant followed through with an encore of “Jungle Youth” and “Silvertongue.” Last but certainly not least, was crowd-favorite, “My Body,” which hit number five on Billboard’s Alternative song list in 2011. Ironically, the crowd most definitely did not want to quit, because they wanted more. Here’s to hoping that the band will be making a quick return to the 614.
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