Young the Giant / Fitz and the Tantrums

Young the Giant and Fitz and the Tantrums will take Jacobs Pavilion by storm on a co-headlining tour stop on Friday, June 30!

Fronted by the incredibly talented Sameer Gadhia, Young the Giant was signed by Roadrunner Records in 2009, and they released their eponymous debut album in 2010. The band’s first three singles, “My Body,” “Cough Syrup,” and “Apartment” charted on the US Alternative Songs chart.

The band’s latest offering, 2018’s ‘Mirror Master’ includes recently released tracks “Simplify” and “Call Me Back”, along with the musing single “Superposition.”

Describing the overall thesis for ‘Mirror Master,’ Gadhia explains, “Within one single day, we’re all so many different people. Especially with the use of social media, we’re not just living in the now-we’re living on several different timelines simultaneously. A lot of the album came from thinking about how we have all these separations within ourselves that allow us to go about our day. At a time when everyone wants to put each other in a box-culturally, socially, musically-we wanted to show that there are a multitude of reflections inside everything. We don’t have to be a certain thing; we can contradict ourselves and show all these different sides of who we are.”

Since the band’s 2010 inception, Young the Giant has made a name for itself in rock as the ‘thinking man’s band,’ winning over fans, radio, and press with their incendiary live shows, strong musicianship, and poignant lyrics. Following 2016’s critically-acclaimed ‘Home of the Strange,’ ‘Mirror Master’ promised to continue ascending into consciousness, though this time with a heavy focus on personal self-awareness and growth.


Fitz and the Tantrums are still trucking along in support of their 2016 self-titled release (their third overall). This album is the most emotionally connected record yet and one that centers on the theme of desire. “I wanted to explore this idea of desire in all of its forms,” Fitz says, “from primal, sexual desire on a song like ‘HandClap’ to the desire or need to belong on a song like ‘A Place for Us.’ Desire is one of those emotions that really forces you to turn your brain off and just feel. That’s just the nature of it. And that lends itself really well to us making a record that provides a soundtrack for people to access that emotion no matter where they are. If you’re getting ready for work in the morning and you’re thinking, ‘Ugh, I hate my boss,’ you have access to this music anytime that just changes the molecular structure in the room. It changes the energy.”

That transformative experience — further bolstered by the album’s diverse palette of musical influences including hip-hop, trap music, reggae, and world music rhythms played on 808s — is something Fitz and the Tantrums have always strived to deliver. “To me, the songs on this album offer a release from whatever is going on,” Scaggs says. “They help the listener shift their mood in that moment. Our goal was to make a record that makes anyone listening feel something from the heart and feel like they are a part of this community we’ve created.”

One of the first songs written was the first single “HandClap,” which garnered over a million streams on Spotify its first week out. A tale of lust and animal desire, contrasted with the desire to not be alone, “HandClap” set the tone of the album right away: “I was searching for something that felt visceral and edgy,” Fitz says. “As soon as that moment happened, I was relieved.”

And, yes, Fitz and the Tantrums will, in fact, make your hands clap!


Ticket info

General admission ‘floor’ (standing room only) tickets are priced at $54.50. Reserved Grandstand seats are $42.50. General admission bleacher seats (located behind reserved Grandstands) are $29.50.

Prices subject to additional fees. Tix can be purchased in person at the Jacobs Pavilion box office or online, below:

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