Every beat, every heart-thumping note on the bass, was better than I had imagined it to be. Their opening act, Cayucas, had warmed up the stage with some head bob-worthy Cali cool tunes, but as soon as the band walked on stage and Sameer Gadhia grabbed the mic, the crowd went wild.
Anagram was their first song, and a great choice because immediately, feet bounced and arms were thrown into the air (and no, Lorde, no one had to tell us to do it). The crowd was pretty laid back, and I was actually able to push my way to the front, unfortunately at the price of my new Nikes.
I’ve been to the Hammerstein before, but it was to attend the Hillsong church service in a room about five flights of stairs up. Yes, I went to church at the Hammerstein—but it might as well have been concert because I couldn’t tell the difference! It was the closet thing to a Jesus rave I’ll ever come to.
Anyways, despite the word “ballroom”, the Hammerstein was a lot more comfortable and intimate than I expected, perfect for a band like YTG. It was a sold out show, but the GA audience barely took up half the floor because we were so densely packed towards the stage.
The set list was a good mix of old and new. While I am familiar with and love “Mind over Matter”, I think any Young the Giant fan would agree that oldies are goodies. 2011 favorites like Apartment and Cough Syrup were stacked in between new favorites, including Crystallized and Camera.
The night was ended with a three-song encore, the last of which was none other than the classic My Body. Needless to say, it was a mega hit. Even the standers found themselves dancing and jumping up and down. It was the most exhilarating way to end the night, complete with Sameer flat out laying down on the crowd, who went crazy getting to hold him up.
Fantastic music, great show, fun people. Five stars, hands down. I couldn’t think of a better way to have ended the month.