The Jakes changed their name in January 2010 and began working on an album with producer Joe Chiccarelli, tracking most of the songs at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles. Featuring cameos by My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster and Jellyfish’s Roger Manning, the self-titled debut was released digitally later that year. Worldwide promotion of the album continued well into 2011, as it took until the summer to make it physically available in most territories. Numerous TV appearances — most notably a performance on the MTV Video Music Awards show — helped to propel the album and accompanying single “My Body” into the U.S., U.K., Dutch, and Italian charts.
Sessions for a second full-length began with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen in summer 2013. The resulting album, the heavier Mind Over Matter, arrived in January 2014. The album fared well enough to reach number seven on Billboard’s Top 200, and Young the Giant toured heavily in support of it over the following two years. In April 2016, they debuted the lead single “Amerika,” which appeared on their third effort, Home of the Strange. ~ Andrew Leahey