Young the Giant, The Apache Relay

When: Thu., April 26 2012

YOUNG THE GIANT/APACHE RELAY Frontman Sameer Gadhia tries to inject passion into his mid-range nice guy vocals, and Jacob Tilley takes a stab at atmosphere with chiming delayed guitars, but Young the Giant’s sunny SoCal-flavored pop-rock is more warmed over than genuinely warm. Young the Giant shoot for the plaintive plain speaking of Soft Swells and the retro-tinged yearning of The Last Shadow Puppets, but lack the dark undercurrents and sheer hookiness of both bands. This is well-played and produced corporate indie rock, recalling Kings of Leon-lite at best, the vague gaseousness of Coldplay at worst. Openers Apache Relay, with their brand of ’70s-influenced Americana rock, are far more credible. (Pat Moran)

Price: $24.50

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