Photos – Young The Giant at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct 26 2016
– photos by Janelle Huopalainen
Young the Giant in Vancouver, near the end of their fall 2016 tour.
The band is on tour for it’s third album, Home of the Strange. Home of the Strange follows 2014’s Mind Over Matter.
Released on the label Fueled By Ramen, Home of the Strange hit No. 1 on iTunes Alternative chart and top 3 overall. Themes on the new album include American and immigrant identity. Lead singer Sameer Ghadia explained to NPR’s Weekend Edition, “I think it’s maybe my narrative as a first-generation American. We have a lot of ties to India and that heritage and the tradition and the philosophy, cultural practices. But then, you know, we grew up here…And so home of the strange, I think, is the place in between those two places.” Much of the band is first generation American or immigrants themselves.
Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko) produced Home of the Strange. In addition, Jeff Bhasker, 2016 Grammy winner for Producer of the Year, served as Executive Producer. The first single from the record is “Something To Believe In”.
Mind Over Matter
Mind Over Matter received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today. The New York Times declared that “…the group gobbles up bits of several segments of rock history – prog-rock, boogie metal, Southern rock, soft rock, new wave, dance-rock, and more – and claims ownership of them.” The newspaper also called Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia “one of the great contemporary rock voices.”
Young the Giant emerged with the 2010 self-titled debut album. That record featured the RIAA-gold certified songs “My Body” and “Cough Syrup”.