British electronica trio Years & Years has been having a good year. The winners of the BBC’s Sound of 2015 award and mtvU’s Artist to Watch for 2015, the group recently released their debut album Communion, which made it to number one on the album charts in the UK and on the Billboard dance/electronic charts in the US. Currently on tour playing a run of sold out shows across the country, the band came to play a packed-to-the-gills 9:30 Club on Saturday night. The crowd was highly enthusiastic, having begun to line up as early as 10am to be the first in the door at the 8pm door time.
Keyboardists Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen stayed mostly off to the sides, focused on their instruments, while touring drummer Dylan Bell set behind a sound barricade that, while clear, left him nearly invisible to the audience. This left the center stage to charismatic singer Olly Alexander, who danced and paraded around with the confidence of a natural-born performer.
The band’s set focused nearly entirely on the album, playing most of the tracks from it along with a cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Breathe.” They closed the night with an encore of their biggest single so far, “King.”
Argentinean-born and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tei Shi opened the show, playing tracks from her recently-released EP, Verde.