Land of the free, home of the strange, and performance of the brilliant—California natives Young The Giant have kicked off their tour across North America as the cannot-miss event of the season. We caught the band, along with their touring partners Ra Ra Riot, on just the second stop of the tour in Pittsburgh, PA.

Audience members settled in for a beautiful opening set by Ra Ra Riot, setting the mood for the rest of the evening. The six-piece indie rock band played a variety of fan favorites, as well as songs from their most recent album, Need Your Light, released earlier this year.

Ra Ra Riot

Young The Giant followed as the main act, draping the stage in colorful flags and a mountain backdrop, reminiscent of the album cover for their newest release, Home Of The Strange. Fans packed tightly onto the floor, and a few people in the front rows blew bubbles at the stage. The show began, and from the first note to the last, the entire band performed with an energy so intense, the entire crowd couldn’t keep their feet on the ground. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia truly took the lead, jumping, dancing, and even playing guitar and tambourine with an injured wrist. The group played songs promoting their newest album including “Jungle Youth,” “Titus Was Born,” and “Amerika,” but threw in some older jams like “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” to really get the crowd singing along.

Young The Giant

The songs were performed at a quality that almost sounded as though someone was simply playing their CD through loudspeakers. In addition, the lighting was breathtaking, flooding the stage with vibrant colors and sparkling the backdrop with thousands of pinpoint LEDs that looked like a starry night sky. Everything intermingled to truly become the home of the strange that they proclaim—the beautifully brilliant show that anyone and everyone will enjoy.

The Home of the Strange Tour will be travelling across North America through November 4. Dates and tickets can be found here. This is a tour you certainly do not want to miss.