Young the Giant & Sure Sure play their indie pop rock at Mohegan Sun Jan. 31
Thinking-man’s band Young the Giant begins the winter portion of its Mirror Master Tour this coming week in support of its album of the same name, and the opening act will be up-and-coming indie pop band Sure Sure. The tour will hit the Mohegan Sun Arena Thursday, Jan. 31.
Both groups have lead singers who work in the higher vocal register and attended Stanford University, but Sure Sure caught our ear with its harmonies and spare, fun sound that complements an also-smart, experimental nature.
Sure Sure, which operates out of (and records in) band member Mike Coleman’s house on a hill in Highland Park, Los Angeles, followed the debut of a self-titled album with cool tracks “Idiot” and “Lie Lie Lie” in a digital landscape measured in Spotify plays (14 million) and other streaming metrics.
Music blog Indie Shuffle writes the band hits “the perfect balance of groovy bassline, unique melody and generally catchy style...”
The collaborative group is composed of Chris Beachy (who hits the high notes and plays keyboard), Charlie Glick (guitarist, singer), Kevin Farzad (drums, percussion) and Mike Coleman (bass, producer).
Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. Thursday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m. 888-226-7711. MoheganSun.com
In a phone chat the other day during a pause in rehearsals, affable Glick described the band’s sound as “rock music and pop music at the same time, but we like to subvert normal sound structures.”
Maybe they’ll do a measure of two and then do two bars of four, Glick said, “Or we just kind of add beats here and there... it’s like an old trick, too. The Beatles we’re doing that, but I think that’s why their music has lasted so long because you never know like how long the verse phrase is gonna be ... it keeps you on your toes.”
Funny he should mention the Fab Four from Forever Ago because at times the group’s songs (“The Expert”) sound like The Beatles, or McCartney’s Wings. There are also shades of Maroon 5, REM, Talking Heads and Steely Dan, as long as we’re talking about influences.
Someday that will mean recording in a big-time studio, but for now the group has its “pretty-big home-studio setup; basically Mike has been building it up for the past four ... to six years, since before the band started,” Glick said. “I mean, Mike’s bedroom is like the control room, so that’s where all the gear (is), that’s where the computer, all the compressor and pre-amps and everything are sitting at his desk. And we have snakes running all over the house so we can record in the attic or down to the piano in the kitchen, or wherever we want.”
Ah, youth: Snakes all over the house is a good thing. But of course he’s talking about audio multicore cables, so don’t think it’s a sequel to “Snakes on a Plane.”
While the group loves to experiment with synthesizer sounds, they’re sprinkled into songs instead of overdone.
As for taking their sound to an arena such as Mohegan’s, Glick said, “Honestly, we’re not gonna change that much. We always play a show like we’re playing to a big room. We get pretty hyped up live.”
The young band learned from a previous tour (with Hippo Campus) to rework songs for live shows. “We kind of learned things that crowds react to, and we sort of add them into songs — a pause in a song, extending instrumental sections or exending a chorus...”
It’s just a 40-minute set for the opening act, so expect to hear newer stuff (“Warm Animal,” “Giants” and “Koreatown”).
Glick and Beachy began playing in college at Stanford. Afterward, they moved to L.A. to play with Farzad and met Coleman there to record as Sure Sure. They’ll release an EP in the spring and a full album in summer — which will be “definitely kind of a party, it’s more upbeat,” Glick said.
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