Hey Rosetta!, Young the Giant
LeBreton Flats in Ottawa, ON
July 13, 2012
Review by: Lisa Truong
Photos by: Jamie Kronick
The unluckiest day on the calendar held some of the festival's best performances.
I arrived at the Claridge Stage half an hour before Hey Rosetta!’s set, knowing there would be a crowd gathered. Since their emergence in 2006, every show has garnered a larger audience, thus it was no surprise to see the front of the stage packed despite the searing heat. By the time the band took to the stage, one would wonder why they weren’t playing on the main stage, judging by the numbers they attracted.
Aside from the genuinely humble and warm personalities of the six-piece band, one thing that drives their fans’ insatiable appetite is the guarantee of a good performance, and Friday evening was no exception. Hey Rosetta! played a balance of songs from their most recent album Seeds and Into Your Lungs with as much vivaciousness as previous shows, all accompanied by boastful singing and clapping from the crowd. Never a band to shy from creativity, they performed a slight remake of “Red Heart”, lyrically extended the middle eight in “Welcome” and jammed to their hearts content during “Yer Spring”. Summer turned into Fall as autumn-coloured leaf confetti flew much to everyone’s delight. Unfortunately, their second to last song, “New Goodbye”, turned out to be their actual goodbye as their set was cut short, leaving the fiercely loyal crowd chanting their name until the stage crew emerged, signaling the finality of Hey Rosetta!’s set. Regardless of whether the band plays a small venue or a large stage, Hey Rosetta! shows that being consistent does not mean repetitive performances, but rather well-executed flourishes of creativity keeping songs fresh and having the audience wonder where else the band’s musical imagination will take them.
Young the Giant
The sun had set over the River Stage, but the heat was about the rise with Young the Giant.
Not long after the set started, water sprayed across the dancing crowd, fuelled further by more water bottles thrown into the crowd by Sameer Gadhia (vocals). Though his vocals were smooth and controlled, Gadhia bounced across the stage, shaking his tambourine with such force I wondered if he had a supply of replacements backstage. Francois Comtois (drums), the band’s Canadian connection, even charmed the crowd, speaking briefly in French.
In addition to playing most of their debut album, the band also showcased new songs, including “Teachers” which ended with a scream not unlike Dave Grohl. The show ended on a high with “My Body”, sending fans into a raving, fist-pumping frenzy. Though the evening was cool, Young the Giant left the audience feeling breathless and sweating.