Some bands are born to be massive. Think about REM, Coldplay or Oasis. From their very first record the choruses were soaring, the melodies were catchy, the themes were universal.
California five piece Young The Giant are one such band.
On the verge of releasing their infectious self titled debut album – and with the stellar Shake My Hand EP already under their belt – big things are surely just around the corner for these guys.
Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar/vocals), Payam Doostzadeh (bass) and Francois Comtois (drums/vocals) may all be pretty young (ranging from 20-22) but you would be forgiven for thinking they were considerably older such is there skill and song craft.
Two Door Cinema Club’s remix of ‘My Body’.
Maybe it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that these young men display the kind of song-smithery that belies their years, though – they have been playing together since their high school years. Also, with members’ ancestry including Indian, Persian, British and French-Canadian, perhaps the fact that they write such universal tunes shouldn’t come as too much of a shock either.
Of course, if your sound naturally leans toward the expansive, epic side of the song spectrum, then it doesn’t hurt to get in Joe Chiccarelli and Michael Brauer (who between them have worked with the likes of Coldplay, My Morning Jacket and The Raconteurs) to produce and mix your album.
Whatever the reason behind their polished, grand soundscapes however, you can’t help but feel that on August 29th when their album drops, it is going to fire Young The Giant into the stratosphere at an alarming speed. I suggest you strap yourself in and tag along – it’s going to be one hell of a ride.