Day 161: Young The Giant – Young The Giant

8 Aug

My Body

I’ve got a severe case of post-Lolla depression, so I’m trying to keep the fest alive for as long as possible.  For that reason, we have yet another post about a band that played Lollapalooza 2011.

The different thing about this entry, though, is that I neither planned on seeing this band, nor actually saw this band perform at the fest.

Let’s flash back to Day 1 of Lollapalooza, which feels like it was both a million years ago, as well as a couple of hours ago.  My sister and I were walking away from the Google+ stage after Tennis’ set (which was pretty good), towards the BMI stage for some Electric Touch beauty.  On that fateful walk, I heard something beautiful—it was just some standard indie rock, but I was really digging it for some reason.  I pulled out my schedule, and discovered that the glorious sound I was hearing was coming from a band named Young The Giant.  I had to give them a listen.

After listening to this record, my initial love for the band (or the 30 seconds of their performance that I heard) has faded a bit.  Young The Giant has its moments, there’s no denying that, but as a whole, the record comes off as a long, poor Grizzly Bear imitation.  The band’s cause is not helped by the fact that I cannot stand Grizzly Bear.

At 50 minutes long, I started asking myself “why is this still going?”  Standard indie rock can only keep me interested for so long, and tons of repetition is never a good thing.

Maybe I need to see this band live to really appreciate their music; live shows can really turn my opinion of a group around.  Let’s just say, I now consider myself a fan of Best Coast.

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2 Responses to “Day 161: Young The Giant – Young The Giant”

  1. Yuanny Dollar August 9, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    I actually watched the second half of their set and you’ve nailed it. They did nothing to distinguish themselves and showed no ability to command the rather large Budlight stage. They would have been better off with 45 minutes on a smaller stage. Maybe a few more years on the road will help them refine a sound and an act. Maybe not.

  2. Alex August 31, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    I agree that they can be a little lackluster, but these guys were killer at the VMAs. Check out the video of them playing this song, if you haven’t already seen it.

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