Youngblood Hawke at U Street Music Hall

I haven’t written in quite some time and with this review, I break my silence.

The past two months have been a huge whirlwind of changes. I’m sure many can relate to the sentiment of change – whether it’s something as natural as the changing of seasons and growing ages, or something that you work so hard for and finally achieve. Either way, the past two months have been filled with change, the nice positive kind. And with such changes, I tend to reflect back from time to time.

The first concert I ever went to was in Charlotte, North Carolina. I went to see Usher. Who opened for him? Oh you know – John Legend, Christina Milian, and Kanye West. Why am I mentioning this? Wednesday night, I ventured out to DC’s U Street Music Hall to see Youngblood Hawke. Through most of the show, I kept comparing the Usher to show to what I was witnessing in front of me. Sounds like a strange comparison but it wasn’t to me. I looked around the room a few times, and each time I realized that the people around me were having so much more fun than the people that were around me at that Usher concert in 2005.

In case you’re unaware, Youngblood Hawke is a six-piece indie pop outfit from Los Angeles. Their debut single We Come Running has been featured on countless television shows and commercials. I promise if you hear the introduction to the song, 95% of you will be saying “oh yeah, I’ve heard this song before.”

Youngblood Hawke’s music has this energetically contagious feel to it. So much so that I have yet to find a person that doesn’t like their music.

This morning I received a text message from my friend who accompanied me to the show. The message read “I’ve got a Youngblood Hawke song stuck in my head. I think I am a fan.” Said friend had never heard of or listened to Youngblood Hawke prior to Wednesday night.

The set started with an energetic drum sequence where the whole crowd went crazy in anticipation of what was yet to come. From there it was a lively and spirited experience of Youngblood Hawke’s music from their new studio album Wake Up, as well as their thrilling 2012 self-titled EP. I could go on and on about how great the band’s music is – but for that you can go out and buy their music and judge it yourself (see what I did there?). Instead, I’ll tell you that it was a show of many spectacular moments. Some of said moments include Omar hanging onto the ceiling speakers while getting the crowd pumped, and Alice jumping down onto the floor and singing with some kids that were at the front and center of the crowd (I use the term “kids” in the literal meaning – these two girls couldn’t have been older than twelve). This was probably the only show I’ve ever been to where the audience was pumped up even during the slower tempo songs. Can you really say you’ve seen that happen many times before? I certainly cannot.

So basically what I’m trying to say is this: Youngblood Hawke makes the perfect music for this sunshine season. They’re kicking off their West Coast tour in a few days and if you’ve got the chance – be sure to go see them play.