With their newest single “Superposition” sitting pretty at #1 on alternative radio, it was no shock that Young the Giant sold out the Columbia, MO, stop on their Mirror Master Tour. Named after their most current studio release, the tour features support from fellow indie-pop band Sure Sure.
The energy throughout the room was surging from the moment the opener, Sure Sure, took the stage. The crowd, primarily full of college town as the venue, The Blue Note, is just down the street from the Mizzou campus, was highly engaging with the opening band. With their faces ridden with smiles, the indie-pop band had the crowd dancing, smiling, and building their excitement to see Young the Giant take the stage. The last song of their set required crowd participation to raise their hands, almost like zombies, and dance. There was not a single person in the room that wasn’t subjected to the silly dancing as everyone swayed side to side to “Hands Up, Heads Down”, including the members of Young the Giant who took the stage to dance with the band at the end of their set.
The intermission was short, but long enough for those drinking to get another drink at the bar at the back of the room. Opening with “Oblivion”, Young the Giant took the stage while the smell of incense burning traveled throughout the room. A roar of the crowd egged them on as vocalist Sameer Gadhia began his unique dancing in the center of the stage.
YTG’s set, a mix of new and old music, was 80 minutes long, full of new songs, old hits, and ended with an eclectic encore. Somehow, even after this over an hour of dancing and singing at the tops of their longs, the crowd was in want of more. I can’t say I blame them, as their infectious energy, eclectic genre-bending music, and poetic lyrics make this band one to write home about.
The show, ending with a champagne toast to their #1 song on alt radio “Superposition”, followed by a crowd-favorite “My Body”, showcased the versatility, longevity, and almost cult-following the band has had for the last 10 years. While we have seen and reviewed Young the Giant in the past, they seem to be at their absolute prime as we speak. With all members of the band plastering smiles across their faces, holding hands with fans throughout the songs, and delivering solid musical performances, I am excited to see where the next 10 years take these talented fellows.
Young the Giant has just announced their summer 2019 headlining tour, featuring Fitz and The Tantrums and COIN. Visit their site for more information.