PICS: Young the Giant, Joywave at Open Air Theatre

Young the Giant and Joywave delivered a one-two indie-pop punch to SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 24.

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Young the Giant originally got their start right up the road in Irvine, California, in 2004.
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The band's lineup consists of Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and Francois Comtois (drums).
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Fun fact: Young the Giant were formerly known as the Jakes until December of 2009.
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The group was signed by Roadrunner Records in 2009 and released their debut eponymous album in 2010.
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Fun fact: Gadhia majored in Human Biology at Stanford University, where he was also involved in an a cappella group. In 2009, he put his schooling to a halt to pursue music.
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Their first three singles, "My Body," "Cough Syrup," and "Apartment" all reached the top five of the U.S. Alternative Songs chart.
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In 2013, the band released "Mind Over Matter," their sophomore album -- which spawned two hit singles, "It's About Time" and "Crystallized."
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On Aug. 12, 2016, Young the Giant released their third studio album "Home of the Strange," with several tracks sent to alternative radio including "Amerika," "Something to Believe In," "Titus Was Born," "Jungle Youth" and "Silvertongue."
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Fun fact: In 2011, the one-and-only Morrissey claimed that Young the Giant was one of his favorite new bands. What acclaim!
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The band has toured with everyone, it seems. Road-mates have included Minus the Bear, Neon Trees, New Politics, Incubus, Cold War Kids, and Marina and the Diamonds (among others).
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Young the Giant performed a 15-song set list on Aug. 24, as well as a three-song encore. Performances included: "Amerika," "Something to Believe In," "I Got," "Anagram," "Nothing's Over," "Mind Over Matter"...
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Followed by "Repeat," "Apartment," "Home of the Strange," "Jungle Youth," "Silvertongue," and "My Body."
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Joywave helped open the show and hail from Rochester, New York.
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The band consists of members Daniel Armbruster (vocals), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), Sean Donnelly (bass), Benjamin Bailey (keyboards), and Paul Brenner (drums).
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The group first became known for its collaboration with electronic music project Big Data, "Dangerous", which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2014.
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After releasing two EPs, their debut album, "How Do You Feel Now?," was released on Cultco Music/Hollywood Records in 2015. Their second album, "Content," was just released on July 28 of this year.
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"Dangerous," their first hit, was written by Armbruster (who was originally a member of Big Data with Alan Wilkis). The two recorded the song together.
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"How Do You Feel Now?" reached No. 25 on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart, No. 34 on the Top Rock Albums chart, and No. 3 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
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In 2016, the band released "Swish," which features alternate versions of their track "Destruction". The title is a reference to Kanye West's 2016 album "The Life of Pablo," which was originally going to be titled "Swish."
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They've performed shows with the Killers, Brandon Flowers, Night Terrors of 1927, Bleachers, the Kooks, and Cold War Kids.
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In April of this year, they released "Content," the lead-off single of their new album of the same name. Four more singles have followed: "It's a Trip!," "Shutdown," "Doubt" and "Going to a Place." Come back soon, guys!
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