Music Review: Young the Giant

Written by Samala on April 21, 2014
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Mind Over Matter

A fine Indie release that merits attention


If you missed the chance to stop by your favorite music store on “Record Store Day”  or it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for new music online, you might want to lend an ear to the newest release by Young the Giant, that gratifying, Indie-rock southern California band who brought us “Cough Syrup.”

Mind Over Matter continues where their 2010 Young the Giant debut left off, but houses more diversity and style, proving the band is continuing to grow and have fun. This time, the band is at their best on songs like the pop-infused “Anagram” or “Waves,” both pulling us in with enjoyable synth and percussion.


You’re also sure to enjoy “Crystallized” with its great, bright vocals, superb drumming and a fun tempo that seems made for radio airplay. “Its About Time” and “In My Home,” on the other hand, are higher-octane tunes sure to please the 20-something’s in your world.

About Young the Giant

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Originally called “The Jakes” (an acronym for the band’s first names), Young the Giant first formed in 2004 in Irvine, California. They composed “Cough Syrup” as The Jakes in 2008, but didn’t score a hit single with it until 2011 when it made the charts at Billboard, peaking at number three.

They performed during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, and toured with a band KINK listeners know and love, Incubus, that same year. They started working on the new album in May of last year.

The current members of Young the Giant are: Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass, Synthesizer), Eric Cannata (guitar, vocals, keyboards) and Francois Comtois (drums, percussion, vocals).


Guitar magic on “Firelight”

Clocking in at over 5 minutes, “Firelight” is the album’s peak track. It offers up a dream-like sound we hope to hear more of in the band’s future – a beautiful arrangement with clear, touching vocals, great reverb and the guitar magic of vocalist and frontman Sameer Gadhia. Highest commendations.



And, if you like “Firelight,” you’ll like “Camera,” too. A bit more melancholy, it’s a generous, soothing track with a great Indie-vibe. All-in-all a solid second effort from these 5 young aspiring musicians. You can find their music on amazon and iTunes, or at their website, at:

Cynthia Orlando is a music enthusiast who has been writing about Indie, pop, Americana and rock musicians and concerts for more than seven years.  

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