We met Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar) and François Comtois (drums), three of the five members of the group Young the Giant, before a recent concert in Manhattan. We interviewed them after listening to their sound check.
Why did you change your name from The Jakes to Young the Giant?
Sameer: We had a long list of different members that were in the band in high school when we first started. It was a joke then at first, so we just had different people come in, sub in and play different instruments, and it was only when we got more serious that we decided to change the name because everyone wanted to be equally a part of it.
Are you always friends
Sameer: Most of the time, we try to be. Very close. We're like brothers. We fight a lot, sometimes.
How did you guys meet
Payam: We actually met Sameer playing soccer when we were like in fifth or sixth grade. Jake, our guitarist, came from England when he was like in middle school, and then Jake, Sameer and I played in a band together, and basically Eric and Francois played in different bands in our high school community [in Irvine, Calif.]. Everyone played in a different group, and eventually we all linked up toward the end of high school.
How famous do you want to be? Sameer: If you get really famous, it could be really annoying all the time having to deal with people. So I'm happy with where we're at.
If you cover any group's song, what would it be?
Payam: A cover that we haven't done before. I don't know. If we were going to cover one band. . . . Actually, we would really want to do a cover of The Doors' "L.A. Woman," just because they're from Los Angeles. I think that would be cool.
Are you guys going to be doing a tour soon?
Sameer: We've been touring for like the last two years almost. We're actually excited to get off the road now. We've been touring for a long time. This is our last tour essentially for the year, and then we're going to get into the studio and make the next record.
What's the most difficult and best thing about being in a band?
Francois: Well, you have to tour all the time, and that could be both really fun and difficult because you miss your family, your friends; but because you get to travel so much, you could see some pretty cool stuff and meet really awesome people. It just kind of depends on how you feel that day.