Young The Giant and Fitz and The Tantrums Bring Summer Fun to Marymoor Park!

By: Mehlika Eski

August 6, 2019

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The two groups brought their summer tour to Redmond’s Marymoor Park on Sunday night and played a sold-out show with COIN as their special guest.

What a show this was! Three incredible bands on the same bill, all playing at the beautiful Marymoor Park on a warm, Summer day. What more could you ask for, right?
 When I found out that COIN was opening the show, I felt so pleasantly surprised. COIN is one of those bands that I will never tire of seeing; they have such a nice vibe to their music and I’ve always felt so carefree at their shows.

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The last time we saw them was back in February, but they’ve since released their newest single, “Crash My Car,” which, to my surprise, plenty of people sang along to when they played it. They played a couple other new songs, too, including “Cemetery” and “I Want It All,” during which lead singer Chase Lawrence came down to the crowd and grabbed a handful of sunflowers from a fan.

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Coin closed out their set with “Talk Too Much” (which was a crowd-favorite, for sure) and “Fingers Crossed,” a track from their first album. They played a lively and fun set, with Chase busting out his cool dance moves around the stage; the perfect start to the show.

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Fitz and The Tantrums always put on such an exciting and high-energy show with bright lights and dance-worthy tunes, and that’s exactly what they brought this time. They opened their set with “Get Right Back,” a fast-paced dance groove from their 2016 self-titled album, which caused a multitude of people to leave their spots in the grass to come down to the floor to sing and dance amongst the crowd.

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Singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs are a lively pair, and they were always jumping and dancing across the stage. Noelle is totally the show-stealer, naming herself the “boss lady of this band,” and rightfully so! Her energy is contagious, to say the least, and she really knows how to get the crowd going.

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Fitz and The Tantrums played a perfect handful of fan-favorites, including “Out of My League,” “Roll Up,” and, my personal favorite, “Moneygrabber,” as well as some new tracks, such as “123456” and their newest release, “I Just Wanna Shine,” a lovely, upbeat song that’s perfect for a sunny day. One of my favorite moments was when they played “HandClap;” just hearing the audience singing and clapping in unison was so neat and everyone really seemed to be having a blast out there. Before they ended their set, they announced that their next album, entitled “All The Feels,” is coming out September 20th, so that’s definitely something to look out for!

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Young The Giant played at Deck The Hall Ball last year, so seeing them headline this summer was an absolute treat. I’ve always been a fan of this band, and one of the things I’ll always appreciate is just how unique their instrumentations are in their songs and how incredible Sameer Gadhia’s vocals are, which are all apparent during their live sets. They opened their set with “Oblivion,” a track from their latest album, Mirror Master, that starts off pretty light and ends with strong, punching drums and Sameer’s soaring vocals; an amazing opening start, if you ask me. This track was followed by “Something To Believe,” another very fierce and dynamic song that the crowd loved.

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To my surprise, they played my favorite song from their first, self-titled album, the opening track called “Apartment.” But, my favorite part of the show was this little middle section where they played these three specific songs in a row. “Titus Was Born” is this beautiful song that starts off with a single acoustic guitar and vocals, and it slowly builds, adding a piano and a second guitar until it reaches this point where it’s just vocals before the end where all the instruments come back in. At that point, what had just been a couple of single spotlights exploded into a flurry of light and color, and it was just so beautiful and vivid. Following that, Sameer gave a short speech about the band, mentioning how they’ve been together for eleven years and had played their first Seattle show at Tractor Tavern, and then they played “Firelight,” another beautiful song during which everyone was prompted to turn on their phone lights or lighters and wave them in the air. To bring things back to life, they played “Cough Syrup,” and I swear everyone in that park knew the lyrics to that song because you could hear the crowd over the music, and it was such a cool moment of unity.

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After the band left the stage, the crowd was screaming for “one more song!” They came back out, this time with Sameer in a giant, dark blue velvet cape with mirrors on it, and they played “Superposition.” They ended with the show “My Body,” another fan favorite, and everyone on the floor was just going crazy for it.

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If I’m being honest, I don’t know if I’ve been to a show with a better, more fun lineup than this one. All three of these groups are phenomenal in their own way, and I don’t know whose idea it was to bring them all together, but they absolutely nailed it, and Marymoor was the perfect venue for it.

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You can catch COIN at Bumbershoot this year! As for Young The Giant and Fitz and The Tantrums, it’s hard to say when they’ll be back, but with Fitz releasing an album next month, it’s very possible they’ll do another tour real soon. We can only hope!


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