While working on last week's cover story about Orange County's music scenes, we ended up talking with Sameer Gadhia, lead singer for Irvine-born Young the Giant, formerly known as the Jakes. The group's self-titled debut is out digitally on Oct. 26, and come next week they'll be launching into a tour with the Futureheads.
Below, Gadhia's thoughts on Orange County music and a description of what the band's new album will sound like.
(Spencer Kornhaber):What's your take on the OC music scene?
Sameer Gadhia: The OC music scene is most of all a close-knit family, and it's very, very far reaching; it's a huge diaspora with different acts, personas, styles. It seems like when we always go back to Orange County, there's that feeling of togetherness, that everyone's contributing to the general welfare and culture for the place. We all started playing in Orange County when we were really young. All of those bands we used to go see when we were little, now we play together or see the cool stuff that we're doing. It's very close, and people don't understand how important that is. It makes us always want to play Southern California, always play Orange County. A lot of national acts skip Orange County altogether for routing purposes which is really, really a shame. There's just so many people to play to. Especially in the past few years, there's been a huge revival in people coming to shows and supporting.
You said you think there's been a revival in the past year or so?
It's not terms of what's currently happening per se, as it is what's going to be happening in the future. Listening around with other bands, bands that are coming out in Fullerton, coming out of other places in Orange County, I do really think that this year, there has been a little bit of a revival. The indie scene in general in Orange County used to be few and far apart, but now it's beginning to grow.
So why do some OC bands go to LA and start calling themselves LA bands?
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That's their personal way of doing whatever they need to do. In reality, the connections that are there still exist. Even though Local Natives and Voxhaul Broadcast are from LA [but originally from OC], Union Line and Voxhaul are both playing with Local Natives on this next national tour. That's all Orange County. Even though the tag name isn't there for whatever reason, it still means something.
Do you think there's an Orange County sound? Has it influence you guys, if so?