Young the Giant

About the band:

Formerly known as “The Jakes,” Young the Giant is a relatively new American alternative rock band that formed in 2004 in Irvine, California. Although their line up has changed multiple times Young the Giant’s members finally stabilized in 2008. At the time the band consisted of Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Ehson Hashemian, Eric Cannata, François Comtois, and Jason Burger.

Still The Jakes, the band and it’s members were both young. However, they made up for it will their passion and commitment to their music. While two members were still in high school and the rest were attending colleges, the band decided to put their schooling on hold after recording their first EP “Shake My Hand” with producer Ian Kirkpatrick.

However, Jason Burger left the band to pursue a career as a freelance musician in New York City, and François Comtois took over as drummer. Shortly after in 2008, longtime friend and collaborator, Payam Doostzadeh joined as bassist. Then, in 2009 Ehson Hashemian (keyboard, piano, and synthesizers) left the band. Since then though, the band has had the same line up:

  • Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals & percussion) – since 2004
  • Jacob Tilley (guitar) – since 2004
  • Eric Cannata (guitar & vocals) – since 2007
  • François Comtois (drums, percussion, and vocals) – since 2007
  • Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar) – since 2008
Shortly after Hashemian left in 2008, the band signed to Roadrunner Records, and in December they announced they had changed their name to Young the Giant. In 2010, Young the Giant spent their time touring with Minus the Bear and Steel Train while working on their debut album. After finishing recording in early June, they also played additional shows with Neon Trees, New Politics, The Futureheads, and Marina and the Diamonds.
 On October 26 2010, Roadrunner Records digitally released the band’s eponymous album Young the Giant, which Amazon declared the third best rock album of 2010. The album was later physically released in U.S. stores on January 25, 2011. “My Body,” the band’s first single was also released in January 2011 and peaked at number five on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. 
In March 2011, Young the Giant headlined the Billboard Showcase at South by Southwest, and in May, the band played the Sasquatch! Music Festival, BBC’sLater… with Jools Holland and The Great Escape Festival. Then in June 2011, the music video for the group’s second single “Cough Syrup” premiered.

In August 2011, the band played on the main stage of Lollapalooza and later performed at the 2011 MTV Music Awards propelling the band’s album Young the Giant onto the Billboard album charts. By September 2011, Young the Giant released their first EP under their new name, which featured remixes by artists such as Two Door Cinema Club, Tokyo Police Club and Ra Ra Riot.

Where they are now:

This year in January, Young the Giant released a music video for non-album track “West Virginia,” and started their first major headlining tour in February (I saw them in March at Cain’s Ballroom! Check out my coverage of the concert if you haven’t already.) 

Also in February, the band’s third single “Apartment” was released and the video premiered in April.



This year, as mentioned, Young the Giant is on tour through September (the remaining tour dates can be found here). But the most exciting news of the year, is their plans to release a second album some time this year. Again if you haven’t read my post on their concert I attended, you should. I uploaded a video of one of their newest songs that will be on the new album.




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