Young The Giant are a refreshing new band from California who are starting to make an impact in the UK. I wanted to find out more so here is an interview with the guys that might give you more of an insight into the band.
Tell us where Young The Giant came from, how did it start up?
We started as a group of friends in early high school who wanted to just have a good time playing with each other. At first, we didn’t care if we were playing shows or not. In a sense, the music grew from our friendship.
You have had a number of different band members in the past, was this due to artistic differences or something else?
Yes, there were artistic differences, but it was hard for anyone of us to tell where we exactly wanted to “go.” I think more than anything, people were just growing, getting into their shoes. We were so young when we started.
Where did the name come from?
Young the Giant conjures up an imaginary landscape for all of us. More than any physical meaning, we find comfort in the name’s absurdity. We can’t explain it, but the name just felt right. And right after the phrase was uttered, we went up to continue our writing for the day, and found ourselves more connected to what we were trying to create. We don’t really care if it sounds stupid to others.
How do you want the UK to see you as a band? Do you think it will be different to the USA?
I don’t think there are any different desires. We want to be seen for who we are; honest musicians who are obsessed with playing with each other. That being said, there is a possibility that the UK does see us differently, being that the first single we released over there was “Apartment”, a very different song from “My Body,” here in the states. I have a feeling that UK-ers are a more patient audience.
You have some quite anthemic songs, how does the songwriting for these progress?
All of the songs we write stem from live jams, and democratic input. We play what we are collectively feeling at the time, and a lot of it has to do with spontaneity.
Has living on a beach in California influenced your songwriting, or attitude to your music in any way?
I most definitely think so. Living at the beach changes the way one thinks of the world. Like living with any force of nature, it directs your thinking towards the present. Even if tomorrow is to crash into the tide, you are here now, and that moment will forever exist in memory. These thoughts greatly affected the lyrical content of the album. The solace of immortal beauty.
Who are your musical influences?
At the time, we were listening to a lot of everything. From 90s hip hop to contemporary folk, and old school blues and jazz. We were and are obsessed with a back beat, a groove.
Tell us something we don’t know about the band.
The band started as a side-project for all of us. We were all in several different bands before.
What do we have to look forward to here in the UK from Young The Giant?
Look forward to our shows all over UK in May. We can’t wait to come back and play for you.
What lovely chaps!