Interview: Young the Giant

By on Friday, 11th February 2011 at 12:00 pm

TGTF are no strangers to Young the Giant. We featured the Californian outfit’s track ‘Strings’ in an In the Post, and I saw them live this week in London on one of their four small shows in the UK. Sameer Gadhia of the band kindly agreed to talk to us about how everything’s coming along for them as they make big steps towards touring their album globally. (P.S. They’re not a surf rock band.)

It’s been a long time since you guys formed as the Jakes and released the ‘Shake My Hand’ EP. How do you think you’ve all changed since then?
We have changed in many, many ways. I was 16 at the creation of the Jakes. Now I’m 21. I’ve travelled a bit, made some royal mistakes, loved, and lost. All of us have. This has shaped the depth of our writing. Lyrically, melodically and structurally.

The album’s been out digitally in America since late October and has just come out physically. How does releasing it in the UK feel different, if at all?
It is quite difficult to process that we are even doing an international release. We were expecting the U.S., but this is some other giant beast. I think none of us really know what to expect. In the U.S., we can analyze. We’ve been a part of that market for so long. But here, I think it’s more of a valiant stab in the dark.

Along with the release has come a selection of tightly packed shows in London which are Young the Giant’s first shows outside America. Have you got any expectations or are you just looking forward to the opportunity?
I think we are trying not to expect anything. This is our first time, and we are attempting to just get our heads wrapped around that. We love playing shows to people that don’t know shit about us. It’s novel and exciting for both parties.

Back home, there seems to have been a real movement for an almost “surf rock” kind of sound. Would you say you’ve been part of that wave or something different?
To a certain extent we could be considered some small appendage of the greater body, but I don’t think we have ever considered ourselves a “surf rock” band. Such associations have been created post-creation.

So what are the plans for the future? Summer festivals, headline shows and a lot of travelling? Any return to the UK planned after February?

We hope to be doing a lot of festivals. Sasquatch (May music festival in Washington State, in America) will be our first, and we are excited for all the craziness that is to come. More than anything, we are excited to see our favourite bands perform on the same stage as us. That is absolutely mind-blowing. We plan to return in May and August for touring, and festival-ing, so there’s much cheers to be had.

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