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Young the Giant, Palace Theatre, St. Paul, Sure Sure
Photo by Sara Fish

Mirror Master Tour Review


Modern alternative mainstays Young The Giant brought their Mirror Master Tour to Saint Paul last night. Performing at my favorite venue in the Twin Cities, The Palace Theatre, the group brought warm vibes on a very cold night. A majority of fans skipped the coat check and stayed bundled up during the show.

Young the Giant, Palace Theatre, St. Paul, Sure Sure
Photo by Sara Fish

During the winter time I don’t get out to that many shows, but I was happy to come out of hibernation for Young The Giant. Like many, I discovered the band through their hit single “Cough Syrup.” Ever since my first listen, I was dying to see them live.

Opening with the track “Oblivion” and leading into the radio hit “Something To Believe In,” the band brought the audience into the world of their new album, Mirror Master. The band performed behind the aesthetically pleasing backdrop of lights that fit the tone of the album very well.

Young the Giant, Palace Theatre, St. Paul, Sure Sure
Photo by Sara Fish

Overall, their performance was very relaxed. Moments of high energy jamming came with fan favorites like “My Body” and “Superposition” (which recently hit number one on the alternative charts). Most of the night felt like an alternative soundscape that anyone could enjoy.

Coming in as a casual fan, my highlight of the night was when they played my two favorite tracks, “Cough Syrup” and “Mind Over Matter,” back-to-back. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia sounded studio perfect throughout the night. Additionally, I noticed drummer Francois Comotis working some vocal duties, something not too often seen from drummers.

The band’s overall energy and musicianship were on point throughout the night. However, the show was not without its missteps (literally speaking). During one of the songs, Gadhia got so into it that he moonwalked into Jacob Tilley’s synth setup. He gracefully knocked everything over and fell to the ground. It was hilarious, and hardly affected the quality of the song. However, I believe it did result in a small cut on his back.

Sure Sure, Young the Giant, Palace Theatre, St. Paul,
Sure Sure, Photo by Sara Fish

Supporting Young The Giant on this tour was California based band Sure Sure. The group had an awkward but charming stage presence. My favorite point of their set was their song “Hands Up Head Down,” where they made the audience participate in a zombie-like dance move.

I thoroughly enjoyed their set! After looking into them more I would recommend their track “This Must Be The Place” off their most recent, self-titled, album.

Sure Sure, Young the Giant, Palace Theatre, St. Paul,
Sure Sure, Photo by Sara Fish

Despite having a shorter set than I would’ve expected, Young The Giant delivered a highly enjoyable and polished performance. Being a more casual fan of the group, I came out finding some new favorites like “Apartment.” During these cold months, I guess you could say the group gave me Something To Believe In.

Young the Giant, Palace Theatre, St. Paul, Sure Sure
Photo by Sara Fish

Young The Giant Setlist:

  1. Oblivion
  2. Something to Believe In
  3. Heat of the Summer
  4. Apartment
  5. Titus Was Born
  6. Brother’s Keeper
  7. No Surprises (Radiohead cover)
  8. Firelight
  9. Amerika
  10. Cough Syrup
  11. Mind Over Matter
  12. Nothing’s Over
  13. Call Me Back
  14. (Encore) Superposition
  15. Tightrope
  16. Silvertongue
  17. My Body

Written by Dylan Novacek

Graphic designer and photographer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Fan of mid 2000s emo, late 90s boy bands and everything in between. Recent graduate from Concordia, Saint Paul. Check out my work: https://dylannovacek.myportfolio.com/

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  1. Radiohead cover was not played this night – Islands was played in place of

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