Young the Giant to preview new songs at Belly Up Aspen
If You Go …
What: Young the Giant
Where: Belly Up Aspen
When: Sunday, July 10, 9 p.m.
How much: $68-$125
Tickets: Belly Up box office; www.bellyupaspen.com
Rock band Young the Giant is preparing for the release of its third album with a show at Belly Up Aspen today — one of a handful of gigs for the California-based quintet before the release of “Home of the Strange” in August.
The band will be previewing some of the new tracks at their Aspen show, which catches them in a creatively fertile moment exploring the new material.
“Some of the songs aren’t completely worked yet, so it will be a fun experience for all,” lead singer Sameer Gadhia said via email. “Exciting, nerve-wracking, the way a rock concert should be.”
Young the Giant broke out of the gates in 2010 with an eponymous debut that boasted a seemingly fully formed sound of soaring arena-ready indie rock and the runaway hits “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” It brought them to stages on the blue chip festivals, to awards shows, onto best-of lists — the kind of first album reception rock ’n’ roll dreams are made of.
Gadhia recalled writing “My Body” in 15 minutes with his bandmates in a Hollywood loft, never thinking it would become a worldwide anthem.
“Writing that song was an adventure into new territory, and never do we want to feel like we are doing old hat,” Gadhia said. “We always want to relive that young and reckless time as songwriters.”
Since then, Young the Giant has stuck with its instincts, “following the sound where it takes us,” exploring new textures and songwriting approaches rather than repeating themselves on their 2014 sophomore effort “Mind Over Matter” and in their new material.
In the build-up to the release of the new album — recorded with producer Alex Saibian in Los Angeles — the band has already released three songs: “Amerika,” “Something to Believe In” and “Titus Was Born.” The smoldering, electronic-tinged “Amerika” (which takes its name from the Kafka novel) indicates the band is heading in a contemplative direction and responding to our fraught cultural moment of this election season.
Gadhia said he and his bandmates wrote the songs out of their personal experiences as the children of immigrants — their parents are Persian, Indian, British and French Canadian — and taking a close look at Americans’ complex melting-pot history.
“We had no intent of this being a political album, but rather the story of America’s bizarre, beautiful and haunted past,” he said. “Still, however, the coincidence is undeniable now, and it has just fallen into our laps. The only thing we want to preach is love and acceptance of our strange world.”
They’ve traveled extensively for concerts and couldn’t help but respond to the new culture war that’s taken hold in the past few years.
“We’ve been able to chart the spike of the social and political climate by touring, especially in colleges,” he said. “The system needs a reassessment and many are left alienated and angry.”
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