The Orange County-based sextet releases its new full-length album, “Candy Coated Fury,” on Tuesday, July 31, but celebrated early with a slew of Southern California gigs which included City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday.
Fresh off the plane after a performance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, Sameer Gadhia and Jacob Tilley of Young the Giant sat down for an interview with us backstage at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa Sunday afternoon. The show marks the Irvine-based quintet’s largest headlining show to date – nearly 10,000. As Gadhia pointed out during our chat, just a few years ago, when they were known as the Jakes, YTG was performing in small local clubs like Detroit Bar, Hogue Barmichaels and Chain Reaction.
“I’m really excited for it,” he says, speaking slowly and admitting that he’s tired and a little jet lagged. “Just even looking and envisioning it, right now it’s completely empty but imagining it being filled up with all the people that have been seeing us perform since we were the Jakes … I think it’s going to keep us going.”
The last time we checked in with YTG, the band was living in a four-story home in the hills of Los Angeles in December while in the beginning stages of writing songs for its sophomore album which is now due out on Roadrunner Records by spring 2013, Gadhia says. Since then the band has been touring non-stop, but got a quick break from the road to set up at friend and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger’s Malibu pad for a few weeks to once again dive into songwriting.
Tilley says the band really got the ball rolling while in Malibu and that even though they had been writing through the whole touring process, it was good to have some time to actually focus.
“We’ve just been practicing the new songs in sound check and keeping it going,” he says. “We’re not letting it fall stagnant I guess.”
With the U.S. dates coming to an end with the Pacific gig and only a few festival shows in Canada on the books for the rest of 2012, Gadhia says the band will spend the rest of the year in the studio working on the new album.
Though they came together in 2004 as teenagers just wanting to play music for fun, Tilley says that the band has grown substantially in the last couple of years.
“We’ve become a lot more comfortable with our instruments and we’ve been exposed to other bands and watching live performances so we’ve learned a lot about space, texture and tonality of things,” he says. “I think the songwriting on the (new) album may stay pretty true to where we were on the last one, but in terms of the sonic spectrum and what we’re more capable of doing now as players, it’s going to step it up quite a bit. I’ve never played the guitar this much in my life. We’re all kind of coming into our own at this point and I feel like we’re becoming a lot more creative.”
Check out more with Young the Giant in our video interview in the player below:
The OC Music Awards announced this week that the annual ceremony will be held at City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, March 9, 2013. It will also begin accepting submissions for it’s 2013 Showcase Series, which kicks off Jan. 8 at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, via ocmusicawards.com beginning Sunday, July 1.
Showcase series submissions will remain open through Oct. 1. Best Music Video and Best Youth submissions will be open through Dec. 15. The People’s Choice Award submissions will remain open for entries through Feb. 15, 2013.
Watch our coverage from the 2012 OC Music Awards red carpet in the video player below.
It’s definitely not all glitz and glam backstage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. It’s pretty dirty and when you cram a dozen band members and a road crew into one bus, things can get a bit smelly as well.
OrangeCounty.com hung out behind-the-scenes during the Warped Tour stop at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine to chat with artists like Breathe Carolina (pictured above), Every Time I Die, the Used and the Ghost Inside. We even caught up with former Tustin resident and actor Matthew Lillard (“Scream,” “SLC Punk,” “Scooby Doo”). Between sets and meals, bands hung out, played games like bean bags and washers and cruised out into the crowds to see some of their friends perform.
The Used was nice enough to invite us onto it’s air conditioned bus for a chat and Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley let us know that there were 15 people sleeping on it’s bus which it shared with Blessthefall. Check out our interviews with the bands as well as Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman in the video below.
Orange County-based heavy rock outfit Railroad to Alaska kicked off it’s five-date 2012 Vans Warped Tour stint on Thursday at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
The act was voted best live band at this year’s OC Music Awards and received a prize pack that included playing four Southern California dates on Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman’s Kevin Says stage. As a bonus, Railroad to Alaska was asked to head up north to join the tour in San Francisco as well.
We caught up with vocalist Justin Suitor, drummer Derek Eglit, guitarist Jeff Lyman, bassist and vocalist Justin Morales and songwriter Ryan Williams just after their performance and chatted about Railroad to Alaska being the OC Music Awards best live band, “The Real Thing” music video, how to survive the heat of Warped Tour and their plans for the rest of 2012. See more in the video player below.
Check out Railroad to Alaska on the Warped Tour at the AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday, June 23, the Ventura County Fair on , Sunday, June 24 and Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Wednesday, June 27. Get more info and tickets at Vanswarpedtour.com.
Orange County-based rock band Hell or Highwater is hosting a month-long residency at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June at the Constellation Room located inside of the Observatory in Santa Ana. The shows are free and open to all-ages.
What started out as the solo project of Atreyu drummer Brandon Saller, pictured left, has turned into a full blown rock band. Initially playing small local gigs under the moniker the Black Could Collective, in 2010 he held auditions and brought together a group of musicians to form Hell or Highwater. Since then, the band released its debut album Begin Again and headed out on the 2011 Rockstar Uproar Tour with fellow O.C. band Avenged Sevenfold.
2012 OC Music Awards best live band winners Railroad to Alaska released its music video for “The Real Thing” last week. The video was co-produced by the OC Music Awards and Akorn Entertainment. The band, which also won best new artist at the 2011 awards ceremony, was given the opportunity to have a music video produced for the song of its choice as part of its showcase prize pack. The group will play four Southern California dates on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour June 21-27.
At virtually the same moment that Goldenvoice revealed Coachella set times on Facebook, Lollapalooza organizers announced the lineup for the eighth takeover of Chicago’s Grant Park since the once-troubled touring behemoth became a destination festival in 2005.
The event, slated for Aug. 3-5, will feature headlining turns from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath and the Black Keys, along with sought-after turns from Jack White, Sigur Ros, Franz Ferdinand and a reunion of the Afghan Whigs, together again after a decade apart.
But whether you should catch a flight for the Windy City probably depends on whether you’re going to either weekend of Coachella.
Several of Lolla’s key acts are repeats from Indio, including Florence + the Machine, the Shins, At the Drive-In, Justice, AVICII, Miike Snow, the Weeknd, M83, Santigold, Kaskade and Calvin Harris.
Among the names that Coachella didn’t nab this time: the Temper Trap, Delta Spirit, Metric, Bloc Party, Amadou & Mariam, Die Antwoord and fun., all of whom have appeared previously at the California desert bash.
Still, it’s a strong bill overall, certainly worth the airfare and travel expenses for the seasoned festival-goer.
“This year our multi-colored lollipop swirls black and white with Black Sabbath, Jack White and the Black Keys,” said festival founder Perry Farrell in a statement this evening. “Two electronic acts, Justice and AVICII, will be presented on the main stages … Can it get any heavier in the park?”