Earlier this year Young The Giant and Fitz and The Tantrums announced a co-headlining North American tour, beginning at Red Rocks in Colorado and wrapping up in Las Vegas. Now just a few dates from the end of the tour, the duo stopped in LA to play a hometown show at The Forum. The two bands were joined by COIN, an indie pop group from Nashville, Tennessee. COIN kicked off the show with a short but lively set, opening with the punchy upbeat “Growing Pains.” From there, the band shredded their way through a setlist of hits (“Crash My Car,” “Cemetery,” “Talk Too Much”) as lead singer Chase Lawrence bounced around the stage with tangible energy.
Next up was Fitz and The Tantrums. The neo soul turned indie pop six-piece formed in 2008 in Los Angeles and have seen worldwide success since the release of their debut album about 9 years ago. The band recently announced their highly anticipated fourth album, All The Feels, which is set to be released September 20 of this year. Ahead of the album, Fitz and The Tantrums have dropped Partial Feels, a collection of songs including the lead single “123456.” Their performance at The Forum was just as electric and upbeat as you would expect after hearing the poppy single. Coming out of the gate with “Get Right Back,” a high-spirited tune with a bit of a techno twist, Fitz immediately set the tone for the show. Lead vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs kept the energy high throughout the entire performance, alternating between skipping across stage and jumping into short bursts of synchronized choreography. “Moneygrabber,” the band’s first hit single from their debut record, came in the middle of the set and was a massive crowdpleaser that got every on their feet, singing along. The setlist consisted of a mix of songs from each of their three albums, accompanied by Fitzpatrick and Scaggs’ dancing and some dynamic visuals and lighting. Fitz wrapped up their set with “All the Feels,” the title track from their forthcoming album, followed by “The Walker,” one of the band’s most recognizable songs, a lively tune off 2013’s More Than Just A Dream.
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Young The Giant closed the show with an impressive performance. The California quintet broke out with their self-titled album in 2010, a collection of polished indie rock songs, which included their most popular single to date, “Cough Syrup.” They have since released three albums, the most recent being 2018’s Mirror Master, which sees a shift toward a more mainstream approach to the band’s philosophical alt-rock dwellings. This album made up a majority of the setlist, “Oblivion” and “Heat of the Summer” being two of the first three songs they played. While most songs the band performed were upbeat, in the middle of their set came a brief respite in the form of a soft, melancholic rendition of “Firelight,” which really allowed lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s voice to shine. Another highlight was the four-song encore, which included “Superposition,” the fun, twinkling single from Mirror Master, as well as “Tightrope,” “Silvertongue,” and “My Body,” a killer closer that had everyone in the audience joining in with the shouted chorus.
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