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Southern California rock band Young the Giant have a sophomore comeback up their sleeve. Due this January 21st, 2014, Mind Over Matter has enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Paramore, M83), and this time, the quintet’s eclectic collection is exploring a diverse set of sounds.
The band knows their 2010 debut will be a tough act to follow, being hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a pop masterpiece with well-crafted songs, surprising arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies.” But frontman Sameer Gadhia realizes they don’t have to do 12 more versions of “Cough Syrup.” Gadhia described the thought process to Rolling Stone yesterday, saying, “It was a very gradual thing. After getting off the road, when we started recording and writing again we were more omniscient of the fact that we had an audience, that we had a group of people that we’d already connected with from the last record. So there was this great amount of pressure that we’d created among ourselves as we’d continued to isolate ourselves and continue to get in our own heads, to connect and continue to connect.”
Mind Over Matter is heralded by the electrifying new single, “It’s About Time,” available today on the iTunes Store among others. In addition, the track’s accompanying video — directed by acclaimed visual artist David Vincent Wolf — is streaming now at Young The Giant’s website, so be sure to get a sneak peek.
Young The Giant will celebrate the impending arrival of Mind Over Matter with eagerly awaited headline appearances at a number of upcoming radio concerts, including Providence, Rhode Island’s 95.5 WBRU Birthday Bash on November 13th; Denver, Colorado’s 93.3 Not So Silent Night 2013 on December 1st; and Portland, Oregon’s sold out “KNRK December To Remember” on December 6th. Details for a November promotional tour as well as additional dates will be announced soon — for more exciting news and ticket availability, go visit www.youngthegiant.com/tour.
Upon being asked what Young The Giant discovered in the making of this record, drummer Francois Comtois says they learned to “just trust your subconscious. I think usually it’s going to bring you in the right direction and then use that inspiration.” [Rolling Stone]