Young The Giant lead singer Sameer Gadhia was right on Friday night when he said it really hadn’t been that long since the five-piece alternative rock band had performed in Nashville.
In fact, before Friday’s show at Ascend Amphitheater, it had just been nine months since Young The Giant headlined Ryman Auditorium on the night before Halloween. While they’re no stranger to Music City, Gadhia also made one other astute observation, pointing out that the band was getting to play to its largest crowd ever in Nashville, nearly selling out Ascend Amphitheater on Friday.
Which makes sense, after the band just released its fourth-studio album, “Mirror Master,” this past October. As each full length record drops, the legacy of Young The Giant continually keeps growing.
On Friday night, the band may have taken the title of its newest release quite literally. While backed by large screens, Young The Giant also had an accompaniment of pair of staircases, which isn’t unusual, however, these staircases were fronted as mirrors. The stage was then bookended by another pair of mirrors as well.
That said, all of those mirrors actually made for some really cool moments during the showcase of Friday night’s performance. After initially waving goodbye to the Nashville crowd, the band returned for a four-song encore.
Coming out the break, Young The Giant headed into “Superposition” its first single from the latest album. As the band returned to the stage, a prism of lights bounced off the stage, making for a really cool effect.
Once Gadhia himself returned the stage, he was cloaked by a shiny cape, which also emitted some reflections. In the end, it was a great reflection on the night, one that was definitely a spectacle to behold.
While obviously wanting to showcase its newer songs off its latest release, the majority of Young The Giant’s was devoted to more of its previous works. While the band hit points off the latest release, it also made plenty of callback to its earlier work.
They band made sure to hit all of the fan favorites, including Young The Giant’s breakout single, “Cough Syrup,” which reared its head 10 songs into the set. While having a set that was slower, and at times trippy, the band closed out its nearly 90-minute performance by getting the crowd dancing.
During its encore, the band quickly headed into “Silvertongue,” an infectious song that had the Nashville crowd dancing, before closing it out with longtime fan-favorite “My Body.” During the finale, fans were not only dancing, but jumping along to the track, closing the night on complete high.
For co-headliners Fitz and The Tantrums as well as opener Coin, Friday night was a homecoming event, as both bands reside in Nashville. Both of the two performances also had the Music City crowd dancing already.
In fact, during the middle of their set, co-lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick told the story of their first-ever Nashville performance, which took place at 3rd and Lindsley. All of which was a fun story, that essentially resulted in people dancing on chairs and having a good time.
Well since that time, nothing has changed for the infectious six-piece pop-rock band. While performing newer songs, Fitz and The Tantrums made sure to hit all of the crowd favorites into their 16-song performance at Ascend Amphitheater.
Anytime that there was a lull, the audience was quickly brought back to life, as the band hit the crowd with a slew of fast paced and rhythmic songs. It was fun, and exactly what the audience needed before getting set to watch Young The Giant.
For Coin, the band got a short, but fun 30-minute performance in its hometown. Like the other two bands on the bill, the rockers had the crowd dancing during its short, 30-minute performance.