Young the Giant recently opened for the Futureheads at the Crocodile with their second Seattle show in one month. Their first show was with Marina and the Diamonds, which evidences how flexible their sound is to go well with different styles. The quintet comes from California and their songs stream along in entirely enjoyable ways. Not all bands grab me right away live when seeing them for the first time – this band did (as did the other opening band of the evening, So So Glos). Singer Sameer Gadhia is an unusual singer to watch (he uses two microphones and it makes sense as his vocals are complex) and the guitarists and drummer are all sincerely wonderful. I was pleasantly distracted by guitarist Eric Cannata breaking out some fierce dance moves. Their opening set was great, with “I Got,” “My Body,” “Guns Out” and “Cough Syrup” for starters, they’ve got tons of great songs. I’m hoping they come back here as headliners since it would be really cool to see them play a longer set.
Young the Giant – all photos by Dagmar