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Young the Giant Makes It Big

By Hana Frenette

Young the Giant has a mouthful of late night TV appearances and television sitcom shout outs. Their song “Cough Syrup” was even covered on a season three episode of “Glee.”

The California quintet has been playing music together since 2004, but didn’t catch the eye of the public until they were signed with Roadrunner Records in 2009.

Shortly after the bands inception in the early 2000s, the band experienced some lineup changes. Some members were still in high school; some were in college. Some stayed, and some went. When the drummer left, François Comtois, who was originally the bassist, took over as the new drummer. The band’s lineup has lived happily since.

“I hated playing the bass,” François Cumtois said. “But if you stop playing the drums, people notice more.”

Comtois became more comfortable with the new position of drums and has declared his allegiance.

“I don’t think I’d go back to the bass,” Comtois said.

Ever since the release of their self-titled album in 2010, the band has been on an endless tour of award shows, festivals and clubs.

“I definitely didn’t think this would become a career,” Comtois said. “We were just kind of playing hole-in-the-wall venues before.”

One minute you’re playing the dive bar by your old high school and the next, you’re playing the MTV Music Awards with Kayne West and Britney Spears watching you.

“We definitely kind of felt like, okay, what the hell is going on?” Comtois said. “It’s been so nice and we’ve been so fortunate, but it’s crazy because so many of our friends are dudes working their asses off, trying to make it, too.”

With the transition from dives to the Billboard charts comes an infamous touring legend.

“Switching from van to tour bus – the myth!” Comtois said. “It is actually a lot nicer when you’re doing endless driving.”

The band just recently finished up their tour for their latest record and is trying to focus on writing for the new record, while playing some summer festivals and a few in between shows.

“As we write, we like to bring out new songs, and kind of see what people react to – the dynamics of the song with the crowd,” Comtois said. “We’re just trying to finish writing and get through the whole recording process.”

Young the Giant’s self-titled debut was in the upper half of the Billboard album charts, and was listed as the third best rock album of 2010 on amazon.com.

The band has also been busy thinking up and filming their latest music video for “Apartment,” which debuted in April.

“We just wanted to make it something fun this time,” Comtois said. “It was exciting because we got to invite a bunch of our friends and have a good time.”

The video takes place in a camper traveling through what looks like California, as a group of impossibly perfect looking 20-somethings celebrate a friend’s birthday. Everyone is filming everyone else, with iPhones, vintage super 8 cameras and maybe even a Polaroid or two. There is cake, laughter, and a plethora of good lighting.

If this is even a semi-realistic representation of what life is like on a bus for Young the Giant, I probably wouldn’t want to go back to the van either.

YOUNG THE GIANT
Sunday 1:45-2:45 p.m., “Letting Go” Stage