Years & Years kicked off with a track called “Foundation,” a slow song that crescendos, mixing the synth beats with Alexander’s soulful vocal range. The drums and bass kicked in, weaving a seamless transition into “Take Shelter”–the first of many crowd favorites. The band brought down the tempo, leaving Alexander at the keys for “Memo” before joining in again for “Eyes Shut.” In between songs, Alexander took sips of tea to mend his voice after weeks of touring the UK and US. Regardless, he could still hold a note. They picked up the pace for their last few songs, the crowd dancing and singing along to “Desire” and “Real.” Goldsworthy stayed focused while multi-tasking; he worked the synth and the bass as did Turkman on the drum pad. Bell provided the drums, which served as the backbone to the whole collective. They left audience with their latest single “King” as their encore.
With every single the band releases, Years & Years remain consistently upbeat with dancy hooks and meaningful lyrics. People that came along for the ride were sure to be converted fans upon leaving the Royale. Many who waited months to see Years & Years on the East coast left satisfied with a head full of earworms.