Arrested Youth & Yungblud @ Subterranean in Chicago, IL
Review & Photography by: Rebekah Witt
On October 18th, 2018, Subterranean in Chicago was home to a sold out show, full of fans anxiously waiting for Yungblud and Arrested Youth. Dominic Harrison, more commonly known under his alias Yungblud, is one of my favorite musicians and this show was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while now.
I had never heard of Arrested Youth prior to this tour and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised and now call myself a fan. For a band on their first tour ever, their stage presence and energy was similar to a band who had a lot more experience playing shows. Although Arrested Youth is technically a name used for Ian Johnson to create music, he was joined on stage by guitarist Aaron Shadrow and drummer Gavin Gottlich. They played most of the songs off of their album ‘Fear,’ as well as a cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ to get the crowd pumped up. I haven’t stopped listening to their album since this show and I definitely recommend it! (A few of my favorite songs so far: ‘Black X White,’ ‘Vans,’ ‘My Friends Are Robots.’) Check them out here.
Now, there’s a couple things to know about Yungblud. First of all, he is an incredible performer and he puts everything into his music and live shows. Second of all, last week during his performance of ‘California’ in Houston, he broke his ankle. Instead of cancelling the tour like his doctors recommended, he decided to continue on and perform in a wheelchair. Even with the moon boot on, he still hopped around on the other foot to interact with his fans and give his all. Anyone who has seen him perform since that night can attest that him being in a wheelchair does nothing to stop the passion he has and that made it even more unforgettable.
Yungblud, alongside touring guitarist Adam Warrington and drummer Michael Rennie, performed all of the songs from both his latest album ‘21st Century Liability’ and his first self-titled EP. A few of my favorite performances of the night were ‘Psychotic Kids,’ ‘Die For The Hype,’ and ‘King Charles.’ There’s something special about being involved in a room full of people singing their hearts out to the songs that mean so much to them, both for the audience and the musicians. It’s easy to tell how much Yungblud loves what he does and that it’s absolutely where he belongs. With so much to say, Dominic Harrison is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see his music career continue to grow as people see how unique he is. Make sure to catch him on tour somewhere around the world or give him a listen if you haven’t yet! Tickets and more here.