Young The Giant Finds Inspiration in Wilco, Nature Videos & a Haunted House
By Shannon Carlin
For Young the Giant, Mind Over Matter is more than the title of their latest album, it’s what they told themselves to get over the pressure of making a second record. “We’ve done it once before,” lead singer Sameer Gadhia said in regards to their 2010 self-titled debut, which spawned the hit singles, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” “But it was a long time ago.”
After releasing their first album, the band spent two and a half years on the road. Guitarist Jacob Tilley told Radio.com that by the time they were done touring, they were all ready for a break and a chance to recharge their batteries.
“When we did the first record it was very blind faith that it was gonna work,” he said. “We were happy to be recording, taking time off school and having all this buzz around us. It was very exciting, but we toured for a long time and changed as musicians and as people. We wanted to have some time to really decompress with each other and really think about what we were as a band.”
They admit though that they were away longer than they would have liked, due to a bout of writers block that had them struggling to find their sound again. It was writing “It’s About Time” that helped the guys bounce back and ended up becoming the first single off Mind Over Matter, mostly because Gadhia couldn’t stop playing it. “There’s a level of frustration in the song that’s just from the music itself,” Gadhia explained.