It’s been nearly three years since Years & Years’ stellar debut album, Communion danced its way into the world. Almost a week before their sophomore offering, Palo Santo, is out, the trio performed to a room full of loyal fans and unleashed a set list perfectly balanced with the old and new.
“Thanks for skipping out on Drag Race tonight to see us,” lead singer Olly Alexander told the crowd after performing “Sanctify,” the first single off the new album. Alexander also pointed out that singer Janelle Monáe was performing the same night and joked, “Homophobia is real!” While the finale of RuPaul’s addictive reality show and the IRL translation of Monáe’s queer black girl magic would have been incredible options for the LGBT community (or anyone with any sort level of taste), everyone present at the first Y&Y show in nearly three years would not have chosen to be anywhere else.
Decked out in face glitter and unafraid to hold their partner’s hands and open show affection towards one another, as Alexander slinked across the stage and plowed through hit after hit after hit, the overall vibe at the Belasco was pure in every definition of the word. There was no holding back — whether that was through dance, through song, or genuine love — everyone, including the band, opened their hearts and minds and felt ultimate joy.
Near the end of the set, Alexander grabbed a Pride flag from the audience and waved it around before draping it around — almost like a warm hug that let everyone know that everyone in that was room was seen and accepted. Pride month may almost be over but