Live: YOUNG THE GIANT // Electric Ballroom, London
After more than five long years, Californian quintet Young The Giant made a triumphant return to London.
The indie rock outfit finally crossed the Atlantic to play Camden’s Electric Ballroom in support of their fourth studio album, Mirror Master, which was released almost a year ago. Bouncing back from a cancelled European show a mere few days prior, the band played an intimate acoustic set at Oslo in Hackney before gracing the North London stage with a sensational show.
Opening with Oblivion off the new album, the set featured a balance of old favourites such as Something To Believe In, Apartment, and Amerika, much to the delight of fans, as well as the more recent Heat Of The Summer, Call Me Back, and Superposition. Frontman Sameer Gadhia’s moves throughout the night were unparalleled, a visual treat that accompanied the layers of sound that filled the room.
For a change of pace, however, Firelight saw all the lights go down for the venue to be illuminated by nothing but the crowd’s phone torches. And 8 years on, Young The Giant‘s Cough Syrup still proves to be their biggest hit. Returning to the stage to the chants of “we want more” with Gadhia the mirror master himself clad in a hooded cloak embellished with shards of mirrors, the band closed the set with the ever popular Silvertongue and My Body.
We’ve been waiting so long, days have come and they’ve gone and it was worth the wait, but if their promises are kept true, Young The Giant won’t leave us hanging before the next one.
Photos: Abigail Shii