Young the Giant is an American indie rock band that formed in Irvine, California, in 2004. The band's line-up is Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and François Comtois (drums). Formerly known as The Jakes, Young the Giant was signed by Roadrunner Records in 2009 and released its eponymous debut album in 2010. The band's first two singles, "My Body" and "Cough Syrup", reached the top five of the US Alternative Songs chart.
The Jakes formed in 2004 in Irvine, California. Consisting of Jacob Tilley, Adam Farmer, Kevin Massoudi, Ehson Hashemian, and Sameer Gadhia, the band's name was an acronym of the members' first names. After several personnel changes, the group's lineup by 2008 consisted of Gadhia, Tilley, Hashemian, Eric Cannata, François Comtois, and Jason Burger. With two members still in high school and the others each attending different colleges, the Jakes recorded an EP, "Shake My Hand," with producer Ian Kirkpatrick and decided to put their schooling on hold to focus on music. Burger left the band to pursue a career as a freelance musician in New York City, and Comtois took over as the drummer. Shortly