Reverb Soundcheck: Young the Giant

With a tour wrapping up on November 18th, an album released in 2014, a limited Record Store Day release, and another upcoming record in the works, alt-rockers Young the Giant are hitting their stride. Hailing from Irvine, California, this five-piece outfit builds smooth, sailing music around lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia’s airy voice. Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata, both on guitar, play an integral role in defining the band’s sparkling sound.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Jake and Eric at one of Young the Giant’s recent shows for this Reverb Soundcheck. Jim chatted with Eric and Jake about their go-to guitars, recent additions to their rigs, and their favorite pedals, and even brought in their guitar tech Josh to talk about setups. Amongst their favorites are the Fender Deluxe, which is perfect for a clean sound that can take on a little dirt, and the Eventide H9, the jack-of-all-trades, all-in-one stompbox which earned rave reviews from both Jake and Eric. While Jake loves his Gibson 336, he prefers to tour with his 50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar, while Eric favors a ’63 Jazzmaster.

Check out the interview for more info on Jake and Eric’s ideal signal chains, some performance faux-pas, and what’s up next for Young the Giant.

Eric’s board featuring the Eventide H9 at its center. Also pictured is a Moog MF-104 Delay and a Chase Bliss Warped Vinyl.

A view of Jacob's board. Notice the JHS Colour Box on there designed for instant studio-grade Neve tones.

For this tour, Jacob opted for a Fender Jaguar; a Burgundy 50th Anniversary American Jaguar to be precise.

After trying all sorts of amps, the band settle on Fender Deluxe Reverbs which hit that sweet spot of just enough power to cover the wide variety of venues they play.

To mic the amps, the band's techs employ a pair of Shure mics including a SM57 and a KSM313 Ribbon.

C&C Drums are some of the best on the market, but the bands still needs plenty of auxiliary percussion to round out its distinct rhythm.

To trigger the various effects, samples and sounds of their set, the band uses an Roland SPD-SX controller.

Additional sounds and sequences are dialed-in with this Akai MPK261.

For modern keyboardists, it doesn't get much more potent than a one-two punch of a Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 and a Nord Electro 4.

It's not all about guitar effects -- singer Sameer Gadhia employs a TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch with his mic setup for live looping and other effects.

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