Young the Giant’s wonderful world of bass-lines

Painting of Young the Giant by the truly talented Kelly Condon (best gift ever!)

As I mentioned in my post about music education, I am primarily a bass player. Therefore, my ear tends to enjoy artists/bands who bring high energy and exceptional bass-lines. Young the Giant (YTG), who is in the running for being my favorite band for the past three years, has this formula down pat.

Originating in Irvine, California as the “Jakes,” Sameer Gadhia, Eric Cannata, Jacob Tilley, Francois Comtois and Payam Doosztadeh solidified to become “Young the Giant.”

YTG found the limelight with its debut self-titled album and hit songs such as “My Body” and “Cough Syrup” (as heard in Glee). The band hasn’t looked back ever since.

Fans love the chilling voice of Sameer, the great guitar tones of Jacob and Eric, or the boombastic beats of Francois. However, I am an advocate for Payam’s talent on the bass guitar.

Payam Doosztadeh is undoubtedly one of my favorite bass players. He knows how to make a song come alive without having to make too over-complicated or simple of a part.

Out of adoration and appreciation, I have listed my five favorite “Young the Giant” bass-lines!

Payam rocking out at Slossfest 2015 (my photography skills were lacking)
  1. “Eros”

“Eros” is a party. Payam’s mixture of slides, syncopation and funk all provide a jam that anyone could dance to.

  1. “Mind Over Matter”

Wow. When I first heard this song, I probably played it on repeat 10 times at least.

Payam’s laid-back play-style on this song really displays how much variety he can bring to the table. Without this part in the song, it really doesn’t stand out.

  1. “Silvertongue”

Like many of the songs off of Home of the Strange, “Silvertongue” is highly bass driven. It brings out a lighter, more party-like side to YTG’s discography and to be honest, it just works. Payam brings a more complicated part to the table that gets stuck in my head over and over again.

  1. “Nothing’s Over”

The one bass-line on Home of the Strange that triumphs over “Silvertongue” has to be “Nothing’s Over.” When I first heard this song, I immediately grabbed my bass and slaved over learning this tremendously creative bass-line. Payam brings a new dimension to his bass chops on this track, yet I couldn’t let it be my No. 1.

  1. “Your Side”

Ladies and Gentleman, my No. 1 YTG bassline is the underdog, “Your Side!” No “Young the Giant” bass-line can top this one for me. It has a riff that stands out as one of my favorite bass-lines of all time. It not only helped me fall in love with the band, but it also helped me fall in love with playing the bass.

All that I can say is: thank you, Payam.

Please give “Young the Giant” a listen! The band has a transcendent sound that continues to stay unique.

If you have listened to them, what is your favorite song of yours and why? I would love to hear you guys’ opinions! Leave a comment or email me at mfthomas@mail.lipscomb.edu.

Blessings,

Mason