“One of the 10 new bands you need to know in 2010.”- Aaron Axelson, Live 105
“This might be your new favorite band.”- Kat Corbett, KROQ
“…their songs brim with grown-up arrangements and grand ambitions. You’re likely to find stinging guitar work and the now-fashionable smorgasboard of beats in the debut album…Young the Giant’s calling card, though, is the arena-sized voice of singer Gadhia.” – Buzzbands LA
California five-piece Young The Giant will digitally release their self-titled debut album on October 26, 2010, via Roadrunner Records. A physical release is set for early 2011. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket), mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket) and recorded at Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound Studios and Kingsize Studio, the 12-song album is an arresting collection of bright, melodic rock that ushers in Young the Giant as a fresh and vital presence. After AOL Spinner’s recent premiere of rousing lead single “My Body,” which features an infectious chorus swinging with intensity and a hard-hitting drum pattern, the song has been streamed 30,000 times and leapt to #1 on Hype Machine in just two days. With early support from KROQ and LIVE 105 and a newly announced run of September support dates with Marina and The Diamonds, Young The Giant is bound for an exciting future.
Comprised of Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar/vocals), Payam Doostzadeh (Bass) and Francois Comtois (drums/vocals) – Young The Giant write the sort of rock ‘n’ roll that arrives with a fully formed pop sensibility and arena-ready hooks. They exhibit an incredible command of their song craft that is well beyond their years but, with ages ranging from 20 to 22, the band embrace their youthfulness, allowing it to inform their music with a fresh perspective and complement their inherent ability to evoke a sun-swept, carefree Southern California vibe. While all five band members are from Orange County, their diverse ethnic backgrounds – Indian, Persian, British, and French- Canadian among them – bring eclectic cultural influences to their music. They began playing together in high school and, after garnering a fervent and loyal fan base through local shows throughout the years, they released their 2008 debut EP Shake My Hand. Since then they have signed with Roadrunner Records and have opened for the likes of Kings of Leon, Minus The Bear, The Whigs and Ghostland Observatory.
From the jolting percussion and anthemic chorus of “My Body” to the driving guitars and lovesick fervor of “Cough Syrup,”Young The Giant is overflowing with addictive melodies and heartfelt lyrics at every turn. “Islands” marries off-kilter jazz rhythms with vocalist Sameer Gadhia’s haunting falsetto to create an unnerving effect. The electric slide guitar that punctuates“Street Walker” shrouds the song’s frenetic pulse and soaring vocals in mystery. The chiming guitars in “Twelve Fingers” exude pure joy, while the rhythmic swing of “Strings,” and the sun-stained pop of “I Got” capture Young The Giant in their SoCal glory.
Check out the live in-studio video of the recording of “My Body” at Sunset Sound Studios in LA:
Be sure to catch Young The Giant as they wrap up their August California residencies in Orange County and San Diego and embark on a run of September support dates with Marina and The Diamonds. Watch this space for more info on upcoming shows!
Remaining dates in the August California residencies:
8/23 The Casbah San Diego, CA
Tour Dates with Marina and The Diamonds:
9/1 The Paradise Boston, MA
9/2 Webster Hall New York, NY
9/3 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
9/5 The Wonder Bar Asbury Park, NJ
9/6 9:30 Club Washington, DC
9/8 El Mocambo Toronto, CA
9/9 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
9/10 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
9/13 The Crocodile Seattle, WA
9/14 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
9/15 The Independent San Francisco, CA
9/17 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA