Posted in music on March 29, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

photo via loganhyde
Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon's tour brought him to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (3/28) for his second of two sold out NYC shows. Pictures from the first night at Bowery Ballrom (3/27) are HERE.

The show began with a set from Buffalo, NY's Cemeteries, the recording moniker of Kyle J. Reigle (he has a band live). Last night and the previous night's Youth Lagoon shows were the second time Cemeteries played NYC, having first opened for Howler this past January. Not the most exciting band to watch, but they had a nice batch of catchy dream pop songs and didn't overstay their welcome. You can catch them in NYC again when they open for Gauntlet Hair in April.

Up next was Porcelain Raft, whose live set up now includes main Porcelain Raft guy Mauro Remiddi and a live drummer. After walking on stage, Remiddi triggered a drum/synth loop and for about 6 seconds. They sounded like what I pictured Porcelain Raft sounding like live, until the explosive drumming and soaring guitar came in. For someone who seemed so set on abandoning his rock band for the bedroom musician approach, Mauro Remiddi looked like he was meant to be on stage. He moved around as if he was backed by a full band, traded melodic parts with noise guitar freakouts, and kept an overall confident demeanor on stage. His drummer was as charismatic behind the kit as Remiddi was behind the mic, and he rotated between high energy rock beats and crescendoing sound pieces that fell somewhere between the noise breakdowns of Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and the improvisational rhythms of Joanna Newsom's Neal Morgan.

Youth Lagoon, who I personally had not seen live before, finally took the stage a bit before 11 PM, opening with "Afternoon," off of his 2011 debut, The Year of Hibernation, which he played all of, in addition to both tracks on the bonus 7". Like others have said, I wish he would get a live drummer, but I was surprised at how loud he sounded with the drum machine and how much it got the crowd dancing (and fist bumping).

Trevor Powers and his guitarist Logan Hyde definitely know what they're doing on stage, but the intimacy that makes The Year of Hibernation such an appealing album was lost in the live setting. Trevor sang without reverb/distortion and revealed that he's actually got an incredible set of pipes, but I thought it took away one of the album's most attractive aesthetics. Members of the crowd didn't help and were in part to blame for taking other listeners out of the moment (the quietest parts of songs were met with football fan cheers of "YEAH TREVOR"). That's out of the band's control, but it just acted as another signifier that maybe these songs only belong in the bedroom. I know it's selfish of me to imply Youth Lagoon shouldn't move forward in his career (just look at how far Bon Iver has gone), and it wouldn't be fair to call the show a disappointment (again, they did play really well and the crowd was very into it), but it just wasn't the experience I expected (or was looking for).

YL continues on tour. All dates and the setlist from the Brooklyn show below...

Youth Lagoon Music Hall of Williamsburg Setlist:
The Hunt
Ghost to Me


Youth Lagoon -- 2012 Tour Dates
29 Mar Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA
30 Mar La Sala Rossa Montreal, QC, Canada
31 Mar Lee's Palace Toronto, ON, Canada
2 Apr Radio, Radio indianapolis, IN
3 Apr Firebird St. Louis, MO
4 Apr The Metro Chicago, IL
5 Apr Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
8 Apr Indie O Fest Mexico City, Mexico
11 Apr Porter's Pub San Diego, CA
12 Apr Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
13 Apr The Independent SF San Francisco, CA
27 Apr Beacon Theatre New York, NY
28 Apr Beacon Theatre New York, NY
29 Apr Beacon Theatre New York, NY
30 Apr Strathmore Washington, DC
1 May Tennessee Theater Knoxville, TN
3 May ACL Live Austin, TX
4 May McFarlin Auditorium Dallas, TX
6 May Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ
7 May Disney Hall Los Angeles, CA
8 May Fox Oakland Theater Oakland, CA
9 May Fox Oakland Theater Oakland, CA
13 May Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA



Comments (19)


Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:29 PM

The crowd was absolutely terrible. Honestly I think I would have cracked a couple tear drops by the time July hit, but I was too distracted by the surrounding bro-dio slam dance and obnoxious talking, preventing me from ever getting into the show 100%. Meanwhile, excellent performance.

Posted by Sam | March 29, 2012 4:37 PM

the show was great. that 6"4' fist pumping bro in the "pit" was the worst...

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:37 PM

idgaf in re yl

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:41 PM

yeah a lot of chatter at the bowery show as well..i was concerned about this going into the show

saw Fleet Foxes at bowery years ago, maybe 2008. and between songs you could hear a pin drop. we really needed that atmosphere for these shows. sadly that was ruined by the nyc crowds

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:44 PM

"the show was great. that 6"4' fist pumping bro in the "pit" was the worst..."

is it possible to fist pump to youth lagoon?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:46 PM

i didn't think so, until last night...

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:48 PM

killer photos

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 4:56 PM

its cause all you fuckers pay to be scene and don't give a shit about the music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 5:04 PM

I have no idea what's going on here but I think the pictures are great.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 5:09 PM

"Youth Lagoon seems like one of those bands you'd go in liking, see live, then never listen to again. :(

I think ill pass just so I can continue to enjoy their music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2012 1:16 PM "

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 5:12 PM

LOL go back to the midwest people

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 6:47 PM

I disagree with these reviews. Obnoxious crowds happen anywhere, the sound was reverberant enough to block out the idiots - at least from where I was standing.

Vocals on the album were all recorded dry then rerecorded with the reverb in a garage, hence the lo-fi quality. This is obviously not going to translate to his live shows, but that's what I find to be the best part: his vocals, raw, loud and clear. He has ridiculous pipes.

But hey, that's just an anonymous posters 2 cents.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 9:38 PM

Also, for what its worth, not every band is meant to have a high energy drummer et al. If you like his tunes enough, spectacle or not, you'll dig the show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 9:43 PM

pit bro was the worst

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 12:56 AM

youth lagoon is the worst band ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:09 AM

hey 5:04, happy 15th birthday

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2012 1:10 AM

music for fat girls.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2012 1:27 AM

really nice photos

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 7:22 PM

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