Young the Giant originally formed in 2004 under the moniker "The Jakes." Most of its members were still in high school, some as young as 15. The only current bandmates who were around for this early period are Sameer Gadhia and Jacob Tilley. "Young the Giant" was suggested as a name by Gadhia when the group all decided they were sick of their previous one, and according to the singer it has no special meaning or significance.
The band members dropped out of college to pursue Young the Giant full-time. However, they underwent the process in a very responsible fashion. They dressed nicely, prepared pamphlets explaining what they were hoping to achieve, and had a four hour meeting with their parents. The result was a mutual agreement for the band members to take six months off from school and see what came from it.
The band likes to prepare for live performances by mellowing out as much as possible. In an interview with Music Obsessed, Francois Comtois said that the band prefers to sit peacefully, sipping tea and maybe a little whisky. Once they step on stage, however, it's as if a switch is flipped, and they're instantly able to perform to their fullest extent.
In September 2011, the band took to the stage in Austin, Texas. It was an especially hot day - 112 degrees - and the area was in the grips of a year long drought, as well as two months without rain. A few minutes into the band's set, it began to pour. Comtois remembers the audience going wild and the band, rather than being discouraged by the inclement weather, transforming the experience into a powerful, emotional show.
While Young the Giant is known for their upbeat, energetic sound, they have been acclaimed by Morrissey, lead singer of the typically melancholy The Smiths
. Speaking of Young the Giant's self-titled debut, the singer declared that "the whole thing... is the perfect tone. And Sameer's voice is unbreakable. If the world has any justice, Young the Giant will own it by August. Every three thousand years a band comes along who restores that precious component of my faith." Sameer Gadhia has said he hopes to collaborate with the singer in the future.
The band members are all long-term friends, and have known each other since middle school or, in some cases, elementary school.