I attended the Boston Calling Music Festival on Sunday, so hear me out.
I’m still coming down off this drugless high induced by the searing sets of artists such as Ra Ra Riot, Of Monsters and Men, and most mentionably Young the Giant.
A festival that lasted only two days over Memorial Day Weekend in Boston, MA at the plaza in front of City Hall aptly named City Hall Plaza was headlined by fun. on Saturday and The National on Sunday.
Young the Giant is an indie rock band from Irvine, California. Formed in 2004, the band was originally named the Jakes which was an acronym for the five original band members.
Following a shuffle in the lineup with bandmates dropping out and new ones joining in, they finally reached their current group of musicians in 2009 and changed their name to Young the Giant.
Band leader and vocalist/percussionist Sameer Gadhia explains how they came to be Young the Giant saying it stands for, “the giant fight that youth from every generation must forever brave against cynicism and disillusion, even in the mental strength of old age. Most importantly the name feels like home to us.”
The same year they changed their name, the band played four shows at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX and were discovered by Roadrunner Records execs who signed them and Young the Giant released their eponymous self-titled debut album the following year, in 2010.
Currently in the studio for the past two months recording their follow-up album, Young the Giant have scheduled a number of festival shows this summer beginning with their show over Memorial Day weekend at the Boston Calling Music Festival, which I was lucky enough to attend.
The band played a set of popular songs and some thrilling takes from their new record which will likely be released by the end of the summer/fall. To put into words the incredible, high-energy spectacle Gadhia and the band put on is not easy, but I’ll try:
Young the Giant respectfully put all the other acts to shame, including The National whose lead singer Matt Berninger curated the entire festival (chose the acts that performed).
My suggestion to you is to pick up their album when it is released or get their debut album if you don’t already own it, and sit in your room until they announce a show near where you live.