El Rey Theatre Season 11 | Episode 2

The celebrated El Rey Theatre in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles hosted an intimate hometown show by alt-rockers Young the Giant. 550 of the band’s lucky fans filled the former movie theater turned music venue originally built in 1936. The band opened their delightful 15 song set with their exhilarating new single “Something to Believe In”. Fans were thrilled to hear older favorites such as “My Body”, “Cough Syrup” and “Mind Over Matter”. The crowd was also treated to two songs “Jungle Youth” and “Titus Was Born” from Young the Giant’s forthcoming album Home of the Strange being played for the first time live.

Artist Bio

Young the Giant is an eclectic indie rock group from Los Angeles, California. The band, consisting of members Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and Francois Comtois (drummer) all met in high school in Irvine, California. All five of them went on to different colleges, until they put school on hold to focus on music. They released their first self-titled album in 2011 which premiered two gold-selling singles, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” Their second album, Mind Over Matter, released in 2014, reached number 7 on the top 100 albums charts in the US, and have since gathered a dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim. Young the Giant continue to brave new sonic landscapes with their wildly adventurous third album Home of the Strange (out now). On this new release, the band explores their expansive musicianship with boldly eclectic arrangements anchored by a keen melodic presence. They continue to tour with numerous sold-out headlining performances and have become a festival mainstay at high profile outings such including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Outsidelands and Governor’s Ball among others.

Venue Bio

The El Rey Theatre is an original art deco theater in the heart of the Miracle Mile, one of Los Angeles’ preserved art deco districts. The El Rey was built in 1936 and designed by Clifford Balch. After over 50 years as a first run movie house, the El Rey was converted into a live music venue in 1994. A registered Historic-Cultural Monument, the El Rey has sweeping staircases, an art deco lobby, VIP balcony lounge and a grand ballroom equipped with a full stage.


1. Something to Believe In
2. I Got
3. Eros
4. Waves
5. Apartment
6. Anagram
7. It’s About Time
8. Jungle Youth
9. Mind Over Matter
10. Cough Syrup
11. Amerika
12. My Body

Photography courtesy of Colin Young-Wolff