The lights began dimming as sounds of screaming fans scattered throughout the venue and silhouettes of band members graced its stage. Last Sunday on April 22nd, Richmond’s “The National” proved to be the hot spot for its locals as the newly popular alternative rock group, Young the Giant made its second and its most popular debut in the city by a landslide. The show also featured the up and coming band, The Apache Relay as the opening act who instantly started the show with a bang, displaying more of an indie rock sound.
Young the Giant, best known for it’s widely popular hit single “Cough Syrup”, tore up the stage last weekend with a set list of a variety of songs including “My Body” and “I Got” among other favorites. The band featured its current members Jacob Tilley, Francois Comtois, Payam Doostzadeh, Eric Cannata, and last but not least Sameer Gadhia on vocals. All did an impeccable job engaging the crowd by getting the fans jumping up and down and singing along throughout. All instrumentalists were flawless as were Gadhia’s smooth yet incredibly unique vocals.
Although the band itself proved to be a total crowd pleaser, the show wouldn’t have been half as exciting without the electrifying lighting effects used. With every consecutive song, bright lights illuminated the stage with a variety of different color beams and flashes reflecting the tone of each single. One of the opening songs, “The Apartment” featured calm and light blues, pinks, and orange beams gently scanning the stage as “Cough Syrup” performed near halfway into the performance filled the venue with a bright red throughout.
Young the Giant’s performance at “The National” was overall an amazing experience for Richmond-ers and left every member of the audience begging for more!