Local Heroes Young The Giant Delights The Ohana Fest Sameer Gadhia's Charisma Was Infectious
DANA POINT, CA-
“…. Orange County heroes Young the Giant from Irvine were a pleasant surprise. The indie rock band, known for their breakout hit “Cough Syrup,” truly got the crowd moving with an explosive and high-energy set. Fans towards the front were incredibly awed by the band, singing back every lyric and moving to every soul-crushing beat.
Frontman Sameer Gadhia, dressed in a floral blouse, loose pants and patterned knee-high socks complete with a belt-buckle, really had the moves to make anyone — including myself — swoon. He was a complete joy to watch. Whether he was jamming on a drum-pad, shaking a tambourine, or banging on a cowbell as the rest of the band played an exciting career-spanning set, he exhibited the kind of charisma that really instills joy to even someone unfamiliar with their sonics.
The band, who released their new album Mirror Master on Oct. 12 of this year, premiered their new material, introducing the standout single “Superposition,” which, albeit a new sonic direction for the band, still excited the crowd. Their indie-rock sound with a penchant for acoustics and more electronic beats, showcases Sameer singing in a more breathy undertone with songs that seemed to quietly mesmerize.
Their performance proved to me why the band is such a success — their live energy is infectious, their songs are fun, powerful and ooze with pure indie rock goodness. They played songs such as “Amerika,” “Something To Believe In,” their most recent hit single, “Simplify”, among others, and got the crowd most moving to their big hit “My Body,” which closed their set off…”