The X Ambassadors rocked the Schine Underground on Wednesday night for University Union’s first Bandersnatch concert of the fall semester.
Tribe Society, who describes their sound as “alternative alternative,” opened for the headlining act. Students were dazed by the flutist on stage as he powered his way through their original songs “Cove” and “Kings.” The band later put their own spin on covers of Major Lazer’s “Lean On” and Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” Tribe Society had the crowd ready to go for the X Ambassadors after their too short of a set ended.
The alternative rock band is no stranger to large crowds and screaming fans — their hit single “Renegades” has topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and their album VHS has reached heights on alternative charts. But, the band said smaller shows, such as ones played at college campuses, are extremely important to them — and it showed throughout their performance.
Launching onto the stage with “Loveless,” the X Ambassadors, who come from Ithaca, New York, immediately started off their set with an energetic performance. Lead singer Sam Harris and brother/keyboardist Casey fed off of each other’s energy as they banged their heads to the beat of their rocking tunes
Syracuse University was in for a few surprises during the set. The band played their hard rock song, “B.I.G.,” for the first time live in front of the college crowd. Soon after the special performance, the band left the stage and Sam played a solo acoustic version of Rihanna’s “American Oxygen,” which he helped the pop star write. The crowd went wild.
The X Ambassadors loaded their setlist with hits such as “Unsteady,” “Renegades” and “Gorgeous.” As they seemingly finished off the night with a lasting jolt of energy by singing “Jungle,” the band listened to the students’ chants of “encore” after they had left the stage. They immediately came back out to play one last song: “Superpower.” The X Ambassadors gave the people what they wanted.
Written by: Jackie Frere