Come down to the Record Exchange and play our enter-to-win contest. You can win an autographed CD booklet and T-shirt for the band Young The Giant’s self titled album being released March 22. Customers must come in to the Record Exchange to enter (there’s an enter-to-win box) on the front counter.
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.
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.