The second Associate Students Productions Pop Music show of the year, featuring Young the Giant and Kithkin, is set to take place Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 7:30. Tickets cost $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door for Western students.
For those who have not heard of the California-based alternative rock group, Young the Giant, a lot can be learned about the band through their name. Their incredibly young commercial presence is surprising considering their popularity. Their self-titled debut studio album has been out for less than a year and the band already has three hit singles. They are currently on tour with mega band Incubus, and their singles have received play-time on 107.7 The End, a Seattle-based radio station.
As for the “giant” part of their name, their performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in August should make the comparison clear; with their high-energy live performances and diverse repertoire of songs, this show will have a little something for fans of all different styles of music.
“I think it’s pretty easy to kind of pigeon-hole them into an indie-rock category,” Megan Housekeeper said, ASP Pop Music coordinator. “But because they are more of that playing-on-mainstream-radio-stations type, I think they’re drawing a lot more broad of a crowd.”
Those familiar with Young the Giant’s singles, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” can attest to the bands catchy, upbeat sound. Expect to see a lot of jumping and singing along to these songs in the MPR when their softer, drum and bass-driven verses kick into hard-hitting vocal and guitar-driven choruses and breakdowns.
What Young the Giant’s singles do not manage to capture, however, is the band’s smoother, indie-pop side. Students can take a break from rocking out to enjoy Young the Giant’s lesser-known slow jams such as “Strings” and “I Got.”
Opening for Young the Giant is Kithkin, a Seattle-based band that were recent semifinalists in the 2011 Seattle Sound Off! competition, a program through the Experience Music Project that supports local music. Recently, Kithkin performed in Bellingham at the Old Foundry, which is how Housekeeper discovered them.
“They had hands down the most fun local live show I’ve ever seen,” Housekeeper said. “They had the same appeal to me as Young the Giant, where it’s like you hear it and you can have fun and you can enjoy it, and you can almost sing along even if you don’t know the songs.”
With only one EP out, Kithkin makes up for their short set list with engaging, drum and percussion-focused performances. Their emphasis on unique beats, shared vocals, chanting and audience interaction can only spell out one thing for the show’s opening set: dancing, and lots of it.
AS Pop Music goes through a very calculated process in determining which bands to bring to Western, Housekeeper said. In booking this event, Housekeeper hoped to create a show that appealed to a wide variety of students.
“Whether you know the music really well or you’ve heard for the first time a week before, it’ll be a really fun show to go to,” Housekeeper said.