The decision to change their name to Young The Giant came following the group's signing to Roadrunner. After all, with their current lineup – singer Sameer Gadhia, guitarists Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata, bassist Payam Doostzadeh, and drummer Francois Comtois – the first-letter acronym theme would make them the Jepfs. The new name popped into Gadhia's mind one day as a metaphor for their age and success. "We are still youthful, but when we aren’t, we still want to have that exuberance in our music," he told the O.C. Weekly in early 2010.
To record their debut album, the quintet enlisted producer Joe Chicarelli (the Strokes, My Morning Jacket, the Shins) and got some help from My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster on handful of tracks.
After the self-titled LP's October 2010 release, Young the Giant's star kept rising, as they headlined Billboard's 2011 SXSW showcase, played Lollapalooza, and had a breakout performance at the MTV Video Music Awards with their spirited rendition of "My Body," which soon hit No. 5 on the Alternative Songs chart.
Not long after that, a holdover from their Jakes days, "Cough Syrup," hit No. 3 on that chart and the album went gold, peaking at No. 2 on the Heatseekers chart. None other than Morrissey declared himself a devotee, saying, "I will be kneeling with gratitude on a hardwood floor for many years to come" about the album and calling Gadhia's voice "unbreakable."
A headlining tour and many more appearances on TV followed before the band took a break to work on their second full-length, "Mind Over Matter." This time they brought in Beck's longtime bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen as producer, following his work behind the boards with Tegan and Sara, M83, Neon Trees, and Paramore.
The first single, "It's About Time," displayed an even more powerful and poised sound, echoing Arctic Monkeys, and reached No. 2 on the Alternative Songs chart. "Crystallized" featured a cheerier Killers vibe. The gentle, understated "Firelight" and its Eastern tones could've found itself just as home in the '60s folk scene as it does today. The title track, the band's latest single, is currently rocking the Alternative Songs chart.
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