Photos by G.
It’s not very often when you don’t want to slash your wrists watching an opening band. It’s even more rare when you fall in love with the opening act immediately. It’s also uncommon when the band keeps you entertained throughout their set to the point where you don’t want them to ever stop playing. Such was the case when I saw Canadian electro group Young Empires open for Dragonette at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on August 13, 2010. This was the first show the group has ever played in New York and based on the crowd reaction, you’d think they’d been around for years! The crowd was dancing and grooving throughout the band’s 30 minute set. Lead singer Matthew Vlahovich’s voice reminded me a bit of Kele from Bloc Party mixed with Trent Reznor and when you put that on top of some hard hitting dance music, I was in heaven! I think this band has the potential to be huge and I am already a huge fan!
I couldn’t wait to meet the band so I could tell them each how awesome they were and they were all extremely nice guys. More on my encounter with them coming soon. Here’s a piece of wonderful news that lead singer Matthew Vlahovich told me – if you go to the band’s myspace page (link is above), by signing up on their email list, you can get 4 demos and 1 remix the band has done for free! I’ve already downloaded and I am loving their studio work as much as their performance! I wish them all the success in the world and I hope they make it quick so I can go see them live again.