Thanks to Young the Giant, the tambourine just became the most badass instrument. Performing at Metropolis Thursday night, the band proved that they are one of the rare artists whose performance far exceeds any recording.
The opener, Vance Joy, an Australian singer-songwriter, was a good segway into what was to become a very energetic concert. Though I had not previously been familiar with his music, I was pleasantly surprised by his tone and will definitely be further exploring his EP.
When Young the Giant finally took the stage, the crowd was more than ready. Opening with “Anagram”, lead singer Sameer Gadhia worked the audience with moves ranging from Elvis-like thrusts, slow motion stretching and the drunken stumble. In between dance moves, Gadhia would play one of the multiple instruments that were circled around him on the stage, including his trustee tambourine. The show focused heavily on the band’s latest album Mind over Matter, with few performances from their previous two recordings. Despite slight guitar issues, and at points a distracting light show, they were flawless. During their performance of “Firelight”, Gadhia’s impressive vocal range was demonstrated, indicating just how talented Young the Giant is. With little audience interaction, the band made the show truly about the music.
There were moments when you felt sincerely special to be at the Montreal show in particular, since the drummer Francois Comtois is originally from here. There were endearing references throughout the show, including him asking the audience in French to laugh, since his band mates would not understand why. During the encore, Comtois was given the mic so he could put on a stellar performance of Stromae’s song “Formidable“.
Ending off their incredible performance with the hit single “My Body”, the entire crowd joined in unison to sing along. Until attending the Young the Giant concert, I hadn’t realized just how great their latest album is, and this performance will not be soon forgotten.