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Thursday, July 10 • 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Young the Giant

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Formerly known as the Jakes, Young the Giant began making eclectic indie rock in Irvine, CA, where band mates Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and Francois Comtois (drummer) all met during high school. Following graduation, the guys ditched their respective bands and formed their own outfit, drawing upon their European and Middle Eastern roots to forge a worldly, summery sound. Although the boys left Orange County shortly thereafter to attend different colleges, they continued making music together, eventually deciding to put school on hold and focus on the group instead. The decision wasn’t in vain—by early 2009, they were opening for Kings of Leon and playing shows at South by Southwest. Several months later, they were signed to Roadrunner Records.  

The Jakes changed their names to Young the Giant in January 2010 and began working on an album with producer Joe Chiccarelli, tracking most of the songs at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles. Featuring cameos by My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster and Jellyfish’s Roger Manning, the self-titled debut was released in early-2011.  Sessions for a second full-length began with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen in summer 2013. The resulting album, the heavier ‘Mind Over Matter’, arrived in January 2014.  


Thursday July 10, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm EDT
River Stage

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