Artist of the Week [3/1/13]: Young the Giant

Indie rockers Young the Giant have come a long way since their inception in 2004. Based in Irvine, California, the band has gained an increasingly large fan base and a sense of success from their 2010 self-titled debut along with an extensive touring cycle.

While the debut album’s singles, “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” received a good amount of radio airplay, it probably wasn’t until they supported Incubus on their Fall 2011 North American tour that Young the Giant really blew up across the nation.

By spring of 2012, Young the Giant had already expanded their fan base enough to sell out club venues across the U.S.  This wasn’t too surprising, though, as their musical style is diverse and versatile enough to reach a multitude of audience demographics.  They incorporate elements of jam bands, alternative rock, and indie composition styles to make a very eclectic sound.

Lead singer Sameer Gadhia has a vocal style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra with a higher-pitched rocker’s delivery.  Take those vocals and add guitars, bass guitar, drums, tambourines, piano, and an unlimited supply of energy, and the result are Young the Giant.

According to the band’s Twitter several months ago, they are currently in the process of making their sophomore effort.  With a ground-breaking album like 2010’s Young the Giant, fans can only hope that there will be no sophomore slump for these still up-and-coming indie rockers.

New England fans will be intrigued to know that Young the Giant will take part in this year’s Boston Calling Music Festival, alongside The National, Of Monsters and Men, Ra Ra Riot, and others on Sunday, May 26th.  The festival is a two day event, beginning on Saturday, May 25th.  More information can be found on the festival’s website.

Five noteworthy Young the Giant songs for new listeners to check out are “Apartment,” “My Body,” “I Got,” “Cough Syrup,”  and “Your Side.”  All five tracks can be found on the band’s self-titled debut album.  Each song has a different sound and vibe and is equally amazing in its own right.


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