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Young The Giant


  • Young the Giant is an American indie rock band that formed in Irvine, California, in 2004
    The band's line-up is Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals, auxiliary percussion), Jacob Tilley (guitars), Eric Cannata (guitars), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and François Comtois (drums)
    Formerly known as The Jakes, Young the Giant was signed by Roadrunner Records in 2009 and released its debut album in 2010
    Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois attended high school together in Irvine, California, where they left their respective bands to form The Jakes
    In 2008, with one member still in high school and others attending different colleges, the group decided to put their schooling on hold to focus on music
    That winter, the band won an online contest on Sonicbids to open for Kings of Leon during a January 2009 show at the House of Blues in Chicago
    Two months later, the band played four shows at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas
    After signing to Roadrunner Records in August, keyboardist Ehson Hashemian departed the band.
    In December, the band announced it had changed its name to Young the Giant
  • Young the Giant spent 2010 touring with Minus the Bear and Steel Train while working on its debut album with producer Joe Chiccarelli. After the band finished recording in early June, they played additional shows with Marina and the Diamonds, The Futureheads, Neon Trees and New Politics. Several songs—including "My Body", "I Got", and "Strings"—were leaked online in advance of the album's release. On October 26, Roadrunner Records digitally released the eponymous Young the Giant album, which Amazon.com hailed the third best rock album of 2010.The album received a physical U.S. release on January 25, 2011.The album was released in the UK on May 2.

 

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