So to set this up I am a 21 year old woman who has been writing for music sites for as long as I can remember. With that, I’ve gone through the traditional stages of “fan girling” in my teens, and now the idea of fawning over any band barely crosses my mind. Though on cloudy October night in Los Angeles, the 29th to be exact, I found myself as excited and giddy as the tween and teens in the room at Club Bahia, waiting to watch Young Rising Sons.
I was relatively surprised that there were playing a venue like Club Bahia, as I imagined their sound pulling in a great crowd at the Troubadour or The Shrine, but when I got to the venue, there weren’t too many people around in the room. Given, the YRS would be playing at the end of the night, and there were already fans hugging the edge of the stage to secure their spot for the night.
The Mosers were the first up for the night. A punk rock band from New Jersey with a nice bite to their sound. They sounded like a traditional Warped Tour-esque group, with a twist drawn in by their confidence. I wholeheartedly didn’t expect to take away much from their set, so it was a lovely surprise to me when they I realized how likable the band was and how confident they were in their ability to perform.
Night Riots took the stage right after. You really couldn’t have guessed any band was going to be playing after Night Riots, as the room became about 3/4s full and the crowd came alive. You might remember Night Riots from their hit track “Contagious”, featured on MTV. That was their last track of the night and the crowd was almost like it was one being, singing and swaying to the music in unison.
Finally, the moment had arrived, Young Rising Sons took the stage. I felt like I was watching Bruce Springsteen’s photoshoot for his cover Born in the USA. Andy Tongren wore a red bandana on his head and his mic stand had an American flag tied to it. All around, pretty patriotic start. The band wasted no time with introductions and got right into “King of The World”, followed by my personal favorite “American Renegade”. After which they chatted a bit with the audience, and boys and girls all around swooned over Andy’s smile and wink to the crowd. The sound in Club Bahia is pretty abrasive, but YRS didn’t have an worries about how loud they would be. The band clearly had only one volume and that was LOUD. I was really excited to hear that Andy’s voice sounded exactly as any recording I heard of the band before. He clearly had a range and his pitch was spot on the whole night, with no apparent need to focus on achieving that, it was flawless and effortless for him. The rest of the band didn’t seem to have as much energy at times during the set, but that’s understandable given how small the stage was that they had to work with between the four of them.
The night ended with their hit “Fucked Up” and the crowd really took on the nature of the track, with everyone starting to push and shove to get closer to the stage. The band proved they could hold their own the whole set and didn’t miss even a note in their set, which is incredible for such a young band! Definitely happy I got a chance to check the band out before their start selling out venues like The Forum one day. Be sure to catch YRS on the ‘Let The Kids Riot’!