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Young the Giant comes home

The alternative rock band from Irvine will play the Pacific Amphitheatre at O.C. Fair on Sunday night.

July 17, 2012|By Heather Youmans
  • Francois Comtois, Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Payam Doostzadeh and Eric Cannata of Young the Giant.
Francois Comtois, Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Payam…

It has been a landmark year for Young the Giant, who recently concluded their 46-date, sold-out headline tour playing to more than 70,000 people across North America.

And, as the alternative rock band continues to play shows throughout the United States and Canada this spring and summer, its members — Irvine natives Francois Comtois, Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Payam Doostzadeh and Eric Cannata — will return home to play a show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fair.

"We started out completely local, only Orange County shows," lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia said in a phone interview. "So, finally being able to come back home and play the Pacific Amphitheatre at the O.C. Fair has kind of been a big dream. I remember seeing the Decemberists there. I had always gone when I was younger over summer to go watch these acts. So, it feels like full circle for us."

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"[After summer touring] we'll be completely done with the record cycle and can be left to our devices and finish the next record," he added.

According to Gadhia, a rough release date for the second album is spring 2013. In the meantime, the band continues to write and has already played a few new tracks for eager fans.

"We started to play some new songs from the next record on the shows," Gadhia said. "It was great towards the end of the run to see people singing along to the songs, because they were listening to it on YouTube, or something from a previous show. It was really interesting."

But after months on the road and a string of appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly, "Glee," and "The Today Show," the band has gone into writing mode.

Gadhia said the band was staying in Malibu in late June, courtesy of good friend Mike Einziger from Incubus, who is letting them crash and do pre-production at his residence while he is on the road.

In the studio, the band writes and records their music together. Gadhia said the process can be "chaotic," but it feels natural considering that the members met in elementary and middle school and have been playing with each other since high school.

Young the Giant's self-titled debut album, which the band co-produced with Joe Chicarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket, The Shins), was recorded and tracked completely live.

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