By Sabrina Combs
Thanks to their synthesized sound and smooth vocals, Years & Years rocked the Royale. Originating in the UK, this trio is on a fast-moving track to the top. Their most recent single,“King,” reached the number one spot on the Official UK Chart this spring. They’ve also won the BBC Sound of 2015 poll, a position formerly held by artists such as Adele, Ellie Goulding, and Sam Smith.
After attending a Years & Years concert, these accolades come as no surprise. Bandmates Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy, and Emre Turkment worked well together on stage and brought an infectious energy that was maintained throughout the show and easily seen in the amped-up crowd. While the crowd sang and danced along, Olly had his own moves, his passion obvious in his animated vocals. Mikey and Emre also showed off their enthusiasm and raw talent as they were visibly absorbed in the music, their performance that of individuals who genuinely enjoy what they are creating. Hit songs such as “Desire” and “Take Shelter” made an appearance on the setlist, which also featured songs from their new Y&Y EP and their upcoming album, Communion, that will be released on June 22nd.
If the crowd’s unanimously positive reaction to this young band is any indication, it may have beencYears & Years’ first time in Boston, but it will definitely not be their last.