Who: “Home of the Strange” Tour – Young The Giant, Lewis Del Mar
Where: Roseland Theater, Portland, Oregon
When: February 2, 2017
Fans from all over the Pacific Northwest traveled to Portland, Oregon to catch the first two dates of Young The Giant’s “Home of the Strange” Tour with support from Lewis Del Mar. You know the lineup’s awesome when a band can pack a decent sized (1,400 cap.) venue for two nights with only two bands performing!
New York experimental pop duo Lewis Del Mar have only been a band for two years but their talent and recent success from their self titled debut album has given them the chance to be the main and only support act for Young The Giant on this tour. The duo consists of vocalist and guitarist Danny Miller, and drummer and producer Max Harwood. For their live shows they have additional support from three additional members including a bassist, guitarist and keyboardist. During their song “Tap Drinking Water” everyone in the room was impressed with Miller’s breathtaking guitar shredding at the end. Other crowd favorites included their debut single “Loud(y)”, which had everyone chanting “Da, Da, Da” without even being told to do so, “Painting (Masterpiece)”, and “Wave(s)”, all of which are off their self titled album that was put out through Columbia Records. Fans who haven’t listened to Lewis Del Mar left the show amazed by the band’s set. You should definitely keep an eye out for them this year.
Now it was time for the final performance of the night, Young The Giant. The five-piece band from Irvine, California has been touring in support of their third studio release, Home of the Strange, since the release came out this past summer via Fueled By Ramen. Within six months of the release, the band has performed a variety of music festivals across the United States and is now on a second North American headliner. As the band walked out and began to play “Jungle Youth”, lead Singer Sameer Gadhia took the stage wearing a noticeably blood orange jumpsuit in front of a backdrop that resembled the artwork of the latest album which had the audience captivated. The band played a total of 18 songs which consisted mainly from Home of the Strange such as hit songs “Something to Believe in”, “Amerika”, and “Silvertongue”. But also included the crowd favorites from older albums, Mind Over Matter and their self titled such as hit songs “Cough Syrup”, “Apartment” and “Mind Over Matter”. Gadhia seemed very comfortable on stage and told a story about how the fans in Italy couldn’t pronounce “Cough” correctly and had everyone in the room laughing. The atmosphere of the show became a bit emotional when Gadhia dedicated a song to his grandmother who had passed earlier that day. Despite the emotions he was feeling that night, the band gave it their all and did a fantastic job. The show ended with a three song encore with “My Body” being the last song of the night. The crowd’s energy throughout the night was high, but during this song it was so extreme that everyone in the room was dancing and waving their arms side to side, and a few lucky fans even got to sing in the microphone!
After attending this show I completely understand why the band performed two dates here. The music, the energy, and the audience made this show one to remember. This tour just started so if it’s coming to your city, don’t miss out on this tour.
Post and Photos by Sarina Solem
Written by Ashley Goodrich
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