By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
When Young The Giant released their self-titled debut album in 2010, they immediately gained the attention of music fans and critics alike. Since 2010, the band has released three additional studio albums, the most recent, Mirror Master, released on October 12, 2018. Shortly after the album release, the band announced tour dates. On Friday, February 15, 2019, they stopped in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Cain’s Ballroom, where they performed to a sold out crowd. Los Angeles based band Sure Sure provided opening
Sure Sure Opening for Young The Giant at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma 2/15/19 – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
Sure Sure is made up of Chris Beachy on Keyboards and vocals, Charlie Glick on guitar and vocals, Kevin Farzad on drums and producer Michael Coleman. The band has been releasing their self-produced music since 2014. Fans in Los Angeles have gravitated toward Sure Sure, appreciating their style and captivating live performance. The band has earned a spot as one of the most anticipated up and coming artists in the indie music scene. Their single “New Biome”, released in 2016, became a hit on Spotify and continues to attract new fans. Other releases that have caught the attention of the indie community include “Friends” and “Hands Up Head Down”.
The sold out crowd was a mix of older and younger music fans, reflecting Young The Giant’s broad appeal. The band is made up of Sameer Gadhia on vocals, Jacob Tilley on guitar, bassist Payam Doostzadeh and drummer Francois Gomtios. They formed in 2004 and released their debut album in 2010. Mirror Master is the band’s fourth studio album and has produced four singles, “Simplify”, “Superposition”, “Heat of the Summer” and “Call Me Back”.
Young The Giant Performing at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma 2/15/19 – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
They opened with the song “Oblivion” from Mirror Master. The track started soft and melodic, with Gadia’s deep vocals lulling the crowd while the accompanying music eventually built to a frenetic tone. The song ended with a return to the softer melodies. The dynamics of “Oblivion” proved to be a great opening song and fans were immediately captivated with the performance. The band performed several songs from the new release, including “Heat of the Summer”, “Panoramic Girl”, and “Call Me Back”.
The audience sang along with songs like “Something To Believe In” and “Amerika” from the 2016 release Home of the Strange, and “Mind Over Matter” from the 2014 release Home of the Strange. When the band broke into the song “Cough Syrup”, from the 2010 self-titled debut album, the crowd jumped in and sang every word. The anticipation was intense after the band left the stage for a few minutes leading up to the encore.
The four song encore included “Superposition” and “Tightrope” from Mirror Master, “Silvertongue” from Home of the Strange, and ended with the hit song “My Body” from the self-titled debut album. Young The Giant’s performance at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa was a highly anticipated show. Music fans drove from all over the state to see the band perform and Cain’s Ballroom proved to be a perfect venue.
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