Monday nights are for rockin’. At least that’s what the Irvine buzz-group, Young the Giant, set out to prove at The Firebird with the help of a full crowd.
The night started off with local band Parlor Knights welcoming in the crowd and lobbying for a possible spot on the upcoming Warped Tour. I always dig it when a rock band works horns into their songs.
Coming in, I knew nothing about the LA-band Kitten, but oh man, after seeing their set I (and nearly everyone in the club) was checking the internet to find out who they were. The band looked young (I think I only counted one member with a 21+ wrist band) and it turns out that was certainly the case with their lead singer Chloe Chaidez only 15, but they completely torched the stage with a set that would annihilate most bands twice their age. Chaidez climbed speakers, beat the tambourine against her chest and even scaled the ceiling rafters, and with the rest of her band, put on an amazing rock set.
Photography notes: Kitten had the best lighting of the evening, but I still had to keep the ISO fairly high just to keep up with Chaidez’s frenetic moves.
Where Kitten sought to knock you over, Young the Giant applied a more inviting approach with vocalist Sameer Gadhia and crew winning the crowd over with a set of addictive melodies. According to Gadhia’s impromptu poll of the crowd, this was the first time most had seen Young the Giant, but it didn’t take any time for the band to get people bouncing and along. Watching them perform, they really reminded me of the snappy percussion and guitar of White Rabbits, with a slightly more alternative bend.
Their self-titled album (on Roadrunner) is out now and a worthy addition for the upcoming summer drives.
Photography notes: After Kitten’s solid lighting, it was a bummer to see the front lights turned off. Even with a f1.4 and a high ISO, I still had to keep my shutter speed abnormally slow to try and suck up any available light. Thankfully, Gadhia tended to hold poses with the mic, which helped to compensate for the slow shutter speed and still produce some fun images.
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