Young The Giant debuted in 2011 with a very melodic, self-titled album. Songs like "My Body" certainly rocked, but the catchiness and memorable hooks of "Cough Syrup" and "Apartment" defined the band.
"It's About Time", our first taste of new Young The Giant from their long-awaited sophomore effort, wields more muscle than much of their earlier material. A funky riff and bombastic drums propel the verses before flowing guitar transitions us into a hook - more subtle than we're used to from Young The Giant - that reminds me quite a bit of Incubus circa ten years ago.
As much music from the alt/rock world over the past few years trends toward synth-pop and New Wave revisionism or even folk, hearing guitars out front and live drums hit hard is like a breath of fresh air for my ear-holes.
Human rights icon Nelson Mandela has died at his home at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid leader and former South African president had been receiving treatment at home following three hospitalizations in the first half of 2013.