Not many people can recall who Young Rising Sons are just by saying their name, but you’ve definitely heard one of their songs. They’re a three-person band from Red Bank, New Jersey formed in 2010. The first time they came to Denver, they were an opening act for the indie rock band The 1975. Their style of music isn’t quite similar to The 1975 who would be described as indie pop. Their music is very “feel-good” music, with light dance beats and exciting patterns that don’t sound like a majority of other songs out there. The lead singer Andy Tongren has a very distinctive voice with a lot of power and a soothing tone. The guitarist and drummer, Julian Dimagiba and Steve Patrick, add in their own styles and all together create an altogether unique sound.
On October 16th 2016 they played at the Lost Lake Lounge in Denver, Colorado. In my opinion, it was a great show. The opening band was called Slow Caves and they had a very 90’s, underground basement, pop rock band feel. Their last song was a cover of the band the Arctic Monkeys song “Fluorescent Adolescent” that really pumped up the crowd for the main act.
Young Rising Sons started off with their song “Turnin’”. After that they played songs from their EP released in October, 2015 titled The Kids WIll Be Fine, and their self titled EP released in July, 2014. They ended the show by playing their most popular song, “High,” which the entire crowd sang along to. The Lost Lake Lounge can only fit 40 people safely, and 10 more at the bar, so the feel of the venue is very intimate. You’re incredibly close to the artists on stage and if you appreciate not only the music but the band too, it’s a surreal experience.
After their set was done, my friends and I went to talk to Young Rising Sons, as well as get our posters we took from the walls of the lounge signed. We talked to Tongren about important geographic features of Colorado and how much he loves Denver because of the people there, Dimagiba about our various Harry Potter houses, and Patrick about what it’s like to be 6’3. They were having full conversations with everyone that came to meet them, and that’s what I love most about this band. They make personal connections with whoever they can, not making music to be played on the radio.
“I’ve known about this band for 2 years and they’ve remained the same, always being fascinated when their fans tell them how much they love them,” said junior Erin Solomon. She joined me at the concert and agrees that you should listen to Young Rising Sons as soon as possible. If possible, see them live as well. It’ll make you appreciate smaller bands more