There comes a time in a young band's life when they hit that sweet spot where their voice, their sound, and their unity as a band gel perfectly. For Los Angeles-based indie rockers Young the Giant, that time is now. This trifecta of musical magic manifests itself on the band's third album, Home of the Strange, on Fueled by Ramen.
"With these new songs, we've fully embraced what it is to be lyricists. We're not trying to combine fiction writing and lyricism anymore," explains singer Sameer Gadhia, who mi- nored in fiction writing at Stanford University where he studied human biology before dropping out to pursue music. "We've also taken a collective approach to the thematic and lyrical development of each song on this album. Most of these songs came together during the demo process at either Seahorse Studios in downtown Los Angeles where Francois, Eric and I would spend hours collaborating over coffee on the rooftop, or at our producer's home studio in West Los Angeles where we would do the same on his back patio. We used to view songwriting more like being a fly on the wall and not being in the story. But, on this record, we're in the story more than ever. It's personal, but universal at the same time."
Young the Giant is an alternative rock band which formed in Irvine, California, United States in 2004. The band consists of Sameer Gadhia (vocals, percussion), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass) and François Comtois (drums). According to the My Body Songfacts, the band’s name is purposefully nonsensical; Gadhia explained it as a “leftfield idea” meant to evoke curiosity.
The band released their debut self-titled album on 25 January 2011, which was preceded by a digital-only release in October 2010. The first single, “My Body”, reached #5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and a second single, “Cough Syrup” reached #3 on the same chart.
Previously, the band went under the name “The Jakes”. They released a 7 song EP, “Shake My Hand”, in 2008, including 2 songs off of the current young the giant album. (Garands at Normandie & Cough Syrup).
Young The Giant has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Southern California in recent memory. Buoyed by hit singles including "Apartment" and RIAA-gold certified smashes "My Body" and "Cough Syrup," the quintet's 2010 full length debut 'YOUNG THE GIANT' was a breakthrough success earning widespread acclaim from the likes of SPIN, The New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal who hailed the album as "a pop masterpiece with well-crafted songs, surprising arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies." The eagerly awaited tour celebrates the band's forthcoming second album 'MIND OVER MATTER,' set for release on January 21st, 2014. Produced by Grammy-nominee Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, M83), 'MIND OVER MATTER' is heralded by the electrifying new single, "It's About Time," which has already begun its ascent on Alternative radio chart, climbing to the top 20 after scoring #1 most added honors in its first three weeks at the format. In addition, "It's About Time" became the #1 viral song worldwide on Spotify upon its release.