Young The Giant
While they were still known as The Jakes, the future Young The Giant won an online contest on Sonicbids. The prize was an '09 opening slot for King Of Leon at Chicago's House Of Blues.
A couple months after the Kings Of Leon show, the Irvine, CA, based band played South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. Their music was heard on cable shows (MTV's The Real World: Brooklyn and A&E's The Beast) and L.A.'s Alt. Rock heavy-hitter KROQ-FM played their song "Cough Syrup."
Along the way the band added Payam Doostzadeh(bass)and François Comtois (drums) but lost Ehson Hashemian (keyboards). He left after the band signed with Roadrunner Records but before they became Young The Giant.
With their self-titled debut out, Young The Giant hit SXSW again, performed at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and toured opening for Incubus. As a result, "Young The Giant" peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200. The group returned to MTV to play songs from their debut album unplugged and headlined mtvU's first-ever Woodies Tour. "Apartment", the band's third single, peaked at #26 on the US Alternative Songs chart.
"It's About Time" was the lead single from the band's sophomore album, "Mind Over Matter." Produced Justin Meldal-Johnsen and released via Fueled by Ramen, the '14 set also contained the track "Crystallized."
2011 Young The Giant (released digitally in 2010)
2014 Mind Over Matter