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Young the Giant concludes their American Bollywood tour

The rescheduled show wraps up its U.S. tour before going overseas in October
Isabella Biunno
Young the Giant’s lead singer Sameer Gadhia performs at Cal Coast Credit Union on Sept. 5.

Young the Giant closed their 2023 summer tour with a commanding performance as they lit up the night at the Cal Coast Union Amphitheater this past on Tuesday, Sept. 5. 

The show was originally set to be performed on Aug. 20, but due to weather conditions, the show was rescheduled. 

Fans of all ages filled the venue as they rushed to the merchandise booth to take posters, vinyl and t-shirts to purchase before the show began. 

Peach Tree Rascals — the last-minute opening act — took the stage amid concertgoers finding their seats and traversing the venue.

Coming together on stage, Peach Tree Rascals members Issac Pech, Tarrek Abdel-Khaliq and Joseph Barros perform one of their top hits, “Mariposa” at Cal Coast Credit Union on Sept. 5. (Isabella Biunno)

Peach Tree Rascals are a five-piece collective made up of Issac Pech, Tarrek Khali and Joseph Barros, who exchange singing and rapping duties, while Dominic “Dom” Pizano is producer-mixer and Jorge Olazaba is creative director.

Originating out of San Jose, Peach Tree Rascals mix hip-hop, funk and alternative jazz together to create a unique sound that has attracted over 2.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify

The group had achieved success with their 2019 release “Mariposa,” and became viral on TikTok, peaking at number two on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Peach Tree Rascals kicked the night off with an exciting performance, prepping audience members for Young the Giant. 

“We’d like to thank Young the Giant for letting us play here tonight on short notice,” vocalist Issac Pech announced to the pumped-up crowd. 

The most exciting part of the group’s performance came during the song “LEAVE ME.” Before they performed the song, Pech and Barros instructed the crowd to join in on the “la-la-las” throughout the track. Then, they traded verses in a song that felt perfect for the summer season, including a fun beat and guitar plucking, along with laid-back vocals. 

As fans resettled in their seats for the next part of the concert, audio began to play on stage with a monologue that said, “The story started long before we were born, but we don’t even know the plot. All we have is a nameless feeling, a restlessness that passes down from one generation to the next, one that asks, ‘What does it all mean?’” Applause and cheers erupted from the crowd as Young the Giant, consisting of vocalist Sammer Gadhia, guitarist Jacob Tilley, bassist Payam Doostzadeh, guitarist Eric Cannata and drummer Francois Comtois walked onto the stage.

Young the Giant guitarist Eric Cannata peforms on Sept. 5 at Cal Coast Credit Union. (Isabella Biunno)

The band opened with the title track “American Bollywood,” followed by “Wake up,” a song based on the origins of Gadhia’s family. 

The stage was full of color, embodying the different album concepts Gadhia crafted. “Wake Up” featured shimmering blue stage lights, contrasted with orange shades and angelic vocals from Gadhia. 

Following these songs, they performed their most popular song, “Cough Syrup.” Gadhia didn’t even need to sing as many of the fans knew every word by heart. As the band played their song “Nothing’s Over” from their 2016 album, “Home of the Strange,” people got up from their seats and danced along to the synth-pop beat. Heavy electric guitars roared following the chorus as Gadhia sang, “God only knows what I would do to you.”

Pink lights emerged on stage, and cheers suddenly erupted from fans as the group played the well-known hit, “Mind over Matter.” Attendees were left in awe by the high-energy performance of the band. Couples held each other close, being moved by the emotionality of the song.

After the song, the group paused the show and took a moment to speak to the audience. 

 “This next song is for all of those wordless choruses, those wordless ideas and thoughts in our mind that drive us to do amazing and beautiful, terrible things,” Gadhia said. 

He asked the crowd to hold either their phones or lighters in the air, using them as a shining light to represent those wordless moments. 

Lead singer Sameer Gadhia plays the tambourine during his performance on Sept. 5 during Young the Giant’s recent tour. (Isabella Biunno)

“When the drums and the bass come in, I want you guys to put a light in the air,” Gadhia said. They began to play a more quiet and melancholic version of the song “Firelight” off their album Mind over Matter. Everyone quietly listened to Tilley’s guitar strumming against Gadhia’s immaculate vocals.

Young the Giant ended the show with a bang playing “My Body,” from their debut album in a burning eruption of sound and movement from Gadhia and the band. 

Fans jumped and stood watching the performance of the show’s last song with a feeling of recognition that the night’s show was coming to a close. The band — covered in sweat — thanked the audience and came together to take one final bow to close out the summer tour. 

Attendees left with a complete performance, highlighting the beautiful production and music by Young the Giant. Every song felt faithful to its album equivalent, if not better when performed live, with the occasional vocal inflections from Ghadia that added to the ambiance of the performance. 

The band came together in beautiful harmony and played their instruments to a precision that made the concert a flawless act of their recent album, “American Bollywood.”

About the Contributors
Roman Aguilar
Roman Aguilar, '24-25 Sports Editor, '23 -24 Sports Editor
Roman Aguilar (he/him/his) is a second-year journalism major with an emphasis in public relations from Stockton, California. Since he was little, he loved watching sports and being able to tell a good story out of an exciting game matchup. He joined the Daily Aztec in 2022 as a contributor and staff writer for the sports section, covering a multitude of sports including football, men's basketball, and water polo, before moving on to sports editor. Aguilar is also a blog writer for KCR College Radio, attending concerts and having the opportunity to cover shows and interview artists. When he isn't writing articles related to music or sports, you can see Roman going to local concert shows on a near-weekly basis and watching his favorite horror movies.
Isabella Biunno
Isabella Biunno, '24-25 Managing Editor, '23-24 Photo Editor
Isabella Biunno (she/her/hers) is a photographer for The Daily Aztec. She is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she was a part of yearbook and publications for nearly six years. She is a first-year Psychology major with an emphasis in neuroscience, and she plans to go to graduate school for Occupational Therapy. She loves photography, editing, and creating, and she can’t wait to continue shooting content for the DA. One thing she is passionate about outside of photojournalism is being involved in the disability/Autism community. She is a part of SDSU’s Adapted Athletics club, and she worked as an Instructor at a company back home called Inclusion Fusion where she was able to work with people with disabilities. Although her career-related passions fall in the healthcare field, she enjoys taking pictures and covering photo events just as much. She looks forward to expanding her experience as a photographer as well as capturing some astounding shots this year.