Young the Giant write the sort of soaring, melodic rock 'n' roll that’s bound for greatness. From the jolting percussion and anthemic chorus of "My Body" to the lovesick fervor of "Cough Syrup" to the uptempo, sun-stained pop of "I Got," the California five-piece's stunning debut features an arresting collection of songs that announce the presence of a vital new band.
The band recorded the Shake My Hand EP, a seven-song collection that includes a version of "Cough Syrup," which became a favorite on KROQ. On the strength of their newfound following, the band embarked on a 2009 tour and caught the attention of Roadrunner Records. After opening up for the Whigs and Kings of Leon at Chicago's House of Blues and making a pit stop at South by Southwest, the band signed with Roadrunner in August 2009.
They lived on the beach for about seven months, then relocated to a West Hollywood apartment that served as both their living quarters and creative space. It was then that the band began working with producer Joe Chiccarelli, whose work for artists like the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and My Morning Jacket they admired. (My Morning Jacket's Bo Koster guests on keys on several of the album's tracks; Roger Manning, keyboardist for Beck, plays here on "Your Side.")
Between recording sessions at Sunset Sound Studios and Kingsize Studio in LA with Chiccarelli and mixing sessions at Electric Lady Studios in NYC with Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket) in mid 2010, Young the Giant toured the country with Minus the Bear, Marina & The Diamonds and Steel Train and are hitting the road with the Futureheads at the end of the month
RIYL: Small Sins, Sound Team, Temper Trap, Lawrence Arabia
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 1
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