iHeartRadio’s live broadcast series finally included some indie alternative action and Young The Giant was definitely a great choice. Even though the band’s sophomore album Mind Over Matter was released back in January, they’ve got a huge remainder of the year ahead of them and their performance proved why they deserve all of that upcoming excitement.
The night was hosted by Alt 97.8’s Trey Morgan. The show was a great blend of utterly fantastic performances and an interview portion that helped address burning questions that any fan needed answered. Considering it was a full house, there was still a sense of intimacy from the way Young the Giant tried to sing each song to every individual person. Their set list began with “Anagram” and consisted of playing new hits like “It’s About Time” and “Mind Over Matter” as well as old favorites “Cough Syrup” and “My Body”, ending the night with “Apartment”.
Because the first half was broadcasted live, the show started off with high energy as a result of the songs that everyone could sing along to and then slowed down for the second half to give the crowd a chance to catch their breath and sway a little bit. Lots and lots of interesting instruments were brought out, but it worked for them because they’re semi hipster. I personally could’ve lived without the light guy showing off because 1. it’s a small venue and 2. they just don’t come across as flashing lights kind of band.
The short Q&A portion of the show consisted of Morgan asking Young the Giant about their world tour as well as their upcoming tour with Kings of Leon, the band’s achievement of landing a spot on the Lollapalooza lineup, and taking some time to relax after the success of their first album. Morgan also focused on questions specifically regarding Mind Over Matter such as how “It’s About Time” was born and the series of creative changes it went through before the final version, the way in which “Mind Over Matter” helped lead singer Sameer Gadhia get over his writer’s block, and how they all wanted this album to feel natural instead of rushed (which is why it took forever).
It was super exciting seeing them live and they certainly brought their A-game. Gadhia is a very charismatic performer and each band member followed in their frontman’s footsteps to engage the audience. Young The Giant put on an awesome show and I can imagine how their world tour will be.