On September 12th, I caught up with a friend in Boston — my first time in this capital and largest city in Massachusetts. I let him chose where we should go for a catch-up drink and fun night out especially since Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and steeped in culture with a capital C!
We met at Harvard Square, which seems to be the place to meet up — like the steps of Flinders Street Station in hometown Melbourne. A central and easy meeting place that is hard to miss!
After an awkward hello (meeting up with people on the road can be like that!) we headed in the direction of the chosen venue to end up in Cambridge and a club called The Middle East. This venue is composed of four different sections pumping with live music every night. Definitely my kind of place.
The ZuZu section attracted us, so after grabbing our drinks, we settled at a nice table in the corner to chat while we waited for the first performance to begin. I love the anticipation and element of surprise and Boston boasts that its strength, diversity and vitality are rooted in neighborhoods, where pride and cultures from all over the world are cherished and celebrated.
After the four piece had finished setting up their tools in the small space in the corner, they introduced themselves as Young Orchids and began their set — and with the first guitar chord, bang on the drums and energizing vocal note, they captured the room. Everyone captivated! This crazy energetic band cannot be ignored because music takes over every inch of their being; they play instruments flawlessly, and belt out catchy indie pop rock music.
The set from start to finish was fun entertainment — people danced up the back 60s-style. Everyone stared, and whether they meant to or not, bobbed their heads, tapped their feet — moving in some way, as if under a seductive spell from the magic in their ears. The boys sure know how to rock, and connect with each other while playing — an electrifying scene.
Kyle Gordon the lead singer/guitarist mesmerising to watch, with moves reminiscent of Mick Jagger. Kyle uses the performance area well and cheekily dances into the audience’s space, flirting with his moves and voice. The rowdiness increasing with each song played.
This band from Atlanta shines on stage; their flawless collaboration ensures every song on the set list sounds perfect. If you want to feel good, have a mixture of 60s and present day music, learn some new dance moves and see a kick ass band go see Young Orchids play. It really is a show that won’t disappoint.
If they are not playing at a convenient venue, pick up a copy of their new album Afterglow– it is radtastic! I can see it climbing high on the indie charts.
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