What songs will Young the Giant play in concert?
Young the Giant dropped their debut self-titled album in 2010 to a decent following and an overall positive reception. The band had only that 40 minute record to tour on in the past, which greatly limited the number of tracks they could realistically pull off without padding the set with extraneous covers. Yet now with the group’s sophomore achievement, Mind Over Matter, they have twice as much material to grab from. This makes their 2014 tour one of the most eclectic yet. This is especially the case considering the tonal shift between their debut album (indie pop) and this new one (progressive rock).
The group explores the new record in full swing. They open the show with the moody and atmospheric introductory track, “Slow Dive,” then follow with the next two tracks on the album. This leads listeners down the rabbit hole of Mind Over Matter in chronological order.
Next, the group mixes it up and changes the order considerably. They play album closer “Paralysis” early on and new album cuts such as “Eros” and “Waves” are shuffled into the mix. In all, the band plays nearly eight songs from their latest album.
Young the Giant own up to their debut despite the sonic changes. Their breakthrough single ”My Body,” a rollicking and frenetic indie jam, closes every single show without question. The group sticks popular debut single “Cough Syrup” towards the end. Interestingly, this song is instantly followed by their latest single, “Crystallized,” which shows their progression from one album to the next with immediacy.
One interesting change is the total shift of their track “Apartment.” At one time, the song opened most of their preceding shows. In 2014, it is relegated to the very end of the setlist which works very well.
It’s About Time
Mind Over Matter
Who is opening the show?
Young the Giant has three up-and-coming synthpop indie acts opening their 2014 dates. These are Cayucas, Vance Joy, and Tapioca and the Flea.
Cayucas is the creative project of longtime indie artist, Zach Yudin. He recruited a handful of members and began the Cayucas project in 2011. The group recently released Bigfoot in 2013.
Vance Joy interestingly signed to the major label Atlantic for a five record deal. This is a unique move for an alt/rock indie act. The artist just dropped his debut EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, in 2013 and is touring in support of his 2014 upcoming full-length release which has yet to be titled.
Tapioca and The Flea harness a surf-pop dance style. They use a very strong psychedelic vibe which fits in perfectly with Young the Giant’s new sonic experiment, explored on their sophomore album.
Are the 2014 tour dates mostly clubs or arenas?
Young the Giant is at an interesting place in their career. As far as their fan base goes, they can get away with both options; get close to selling out clubs, or half-fill arenas. Arenas are usually more expensive to tour, and the take can be a lot less if the shows do not reach a certain capacity to make up for it. Their 2014 tour includes mostly small clubs, but remember this may be one of the last times you can catch the band still playing modestly sized venues. Their latest record reached 7th on the Billboard charts, and the buzz surrounding its release has been maintained throughout the last six months since it came out.
Who is Young the Giant’s publicist and press contact?
The group is signed with Pardigm Entertainment. If you want to reach the band specifically, state so in an email and mention Jeffrey Hasson out of Nashville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Young the Giant’s tour?
The group provides members of their fan club presale ticket availability. Presales are not available for every single show, and the band announces presales here and there. Users can sign up to be notified when presales will be offered for respective dates. The fan club is free, and users need only submit basic information such as phone, email, and address to join.
Other presale opportunities included Citi card, Facebook and Live Nation. Citi card members can receive special access to the presale using the first six digits of their credit card and checking out with said card. The Facebook presale is normally handled by LiveNation or the band itself. Follow them, and keep up with their updates for presale code information.
“Sameer and the band closed out the night with their ever so popular single from their first album, ‘My Body’, which always gets the crowd moving as Sameer demands everyone jump up and down during the chorus of the song. I could not think of a better song to end a set, whether it be an intimate setting like that evening or a stadium filled with over 10,000 screaming fans.” – Mark Ambrose of We Listen Hear
“Love ballads typically have a few key ingredients: swelling piano, sappy lines, and maybe an instrumental bridge for good measure. But on Valentine’s Day, South Side Ballroom was filled with anything but romanticized tunes. Alt-rockers Young the Giant performed their illustratively energetic catalog to a sold-out crowd, making it more about the music than the lover’s holiday.” – Brenna Rushing of Dallas News
“Opening with “Anagram”, lead singer Sameer Gadhia worked the audience with moves ranging from Elvis-like thrusts, slow motion stretching and the drunken stumble. In between dance moves, Gadhia would play one of the multiple instruments that were circled around him on the stage, including his trustee tambourine.” – Megan Covens of IX Daily
Young the Giant North American Headline Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Grouplove, Walk the Moon
Started February 10, 2012 in San Diego, California | Ended April 3, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah