Friday Jun 7 6:45 PM
Young the Giant's sound is as uniquely diverse and eclectic as its five members. Sameer Gadhia, Payam Doostzadeh, Jacob Tilley, Francois Comtois and Eric Cannata hail from, surprisingly, Newport Beach, California. An assembly of international names and assorted backgrounds that combine to produce a refreshing brand of sun soaked Indie rock. With lush experimental compositions complimented by subtle yet infectious pop hooks and unique, soothing vocals, it is a sound all their own.
Predominantly comprised of teenagers, the five piece delivers mature arrangements far beyond their years. As high school students they conquered the local Orange County music scene winning awards and praise, quickly developing momentum that was soon challenged by their new college lives. At 5 different schools, divided by hundreds of miles of the California coast, the band persisted, continuing to play shows and write new music for their EP Shake My Hand.
With the release of Shake My Hand came the new and unexpected challenge of keeping up with the demands of critical and popular acclaim.With their single Cough Syrup becoming a local favorite on KROQ, and strong web chatter from sites like absolute punk who claimedthe EP was a "Slick set of rock songs... that for all of its cocksure maturity and tight, catchy production, can easily be confused with a veteran stadium show", the praise was reaching much further than the shores of Newport Beach.
In early 2009 the band decided to leave their textbooks at school and hit the road throughout California to a growing following from San Francisco to San Diego. In a few months they went from playing smaller coffeehouses and clubs to headlining a packed House of Blues in Anaheim. In between they showcased at SXSW and opened for Ghostland Observatory, The Whigs, and Kings of Leon.