Multi-bill band bills rarely work as well as last night’s concert at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica that featured COIN, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Young the Giant. The three bands all brought something slightly different to the table, and the near-capacity crowd responded favorably to each act.
You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here
Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums were co-headliners, but Young the Giant took the stage last and played a little longer, delivering a compelling 90-minute set that allowed frontman Sameer Gadhia to show just inspiring he could be. At one point in the set, right before the band played the ballad “Firelight,” a tune he said was about “things that carry the deepest weight,” he asked audience members to introduce themselves to the person standing next to them as a way of engendering good will. That kind of thing usually only works at church, but fans obliged, and the moment typified the concert’s positive vibe.
The set began with the somber “Oblivion,” a song that started slow but finished strong as the band picked up the pace, and Gadhia delivered Nick Cave-like howls upon its conclusion. After playing “Heat of the Summer,” a single from the band’s latest album, last year’s Mirror Master
, Gadhia told the audience, “We’re just getting this shit started.” He wasn’t kidding. He feverishly brought “Amerika” to a dramatic close by adding some percussion to the song, and he adroitly slipped into a baritone for the moody, Simple Minds-like “Nothing’s Over.”
“Cough Syrup,” the set’s centerpiece, featured an undulating guitar riff that built in intensity, and Gadhia became quite animated by the song’s end. For the encore, Gadhia emerged wearing a shimmering silver cape to deliver the brittle ballad “Superposition” and the soulful “Tightrope.” The latter featured a particularly funky bass riff that made it stand out one of the set’s most memorable tunes.
Fitz and the Tantrums preceded Young the Giant with a high-energy set that commenced with the neo-soul tune “Get Right Back.” For the rollicking “Out of My League,” agile singer Michael Fitzpatrick hopped atop the speaker monitors to encourage fans to sing along with him and his very capable sidekick Noelle Skaggs.
The synth-heavy new single “123456” sat well next to old favorites such as “Break the Walls” and “MoneyGrabber.” The infectious “MoneyGrabber” remains one of the band’s best tunes, and it translated well live as Fitzpatrick adopted a particularly soulful wail and dedicated the tune to the fans that have followed the band since the days when it played venues such as the Grog Shop, which received a shoutout from Fitzgerald as he introduced the tune.
The stuttering synths of “HandClap” brought the fans in the bleachers to their feet, and Fitzpatrick capably rapped his way through the rousing tune. The 70-minute set ended with an energetic rendition of “The Walker.”
Nashville-based COIN started things off with a 20-minute set of refined power pop. Dressed in skinny black jeans and powder blue button-down shirt, curly haired singer Chase Lawrence regularly twitched and gyrated while alternating between keyboards and vocals. Snappy percussion and thick bass riffs drove “Simple Romance,” and the melodic “Boyfriend” had a Foster the People quality to it. The band easily held its own next to the headlining acts.
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