Cough Syrup ~ Young The Giant

Young the Giant is an American indie rock band that formed in Irvine, California, in 2004. The band’s line-up is Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and François Comtois (drums). 

Formerly known as The Jakes, Young the Giant formed in  2004 in Irvine, California. Consisting of Jacob Tilley, Addam Farmer, Kevin Massoudi, Ehson Hashemian, and Sameer Gadhia, the band’s name was an acronym of the members’ first names.  After several personnel changes, the group’s lineup by 2008 consisted of Gadhia, Tilley, Hashemian, Eric Cannata, François Comtois, and Jason Burger. With two members still in high school and the others each attending different colleges, the Jakes recorded an EP, Shake My Hand, with producer Ian Kirkpatrick and decided to put their schooling on hold to focus on music. Burger left the band to pursue an education at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and Comtois took over as the drummer. Shortly thereafter, longtime friend and collaborator, Payam Doostzadeh, joined as bassist.  In 2009 the band played four shows at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The band’s song “Texas Tea” was played during an episode of MTV’s The Real World: Brooklyn, and “Paid the Piper” was featured on A&E’s The Beast.  Another song, “Cough Syrup”, received airplay on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ. Shortly before signing to Roadrunner Records in August, keyboardist Ehson Hashemian departed the band.] In December of 2009, the band announced they had changed their name to Young the Giant.

Cough Syrup

“Cough Syrup” predates Young the Giant, when the band was known as The Jakes. The song appeared on the band’s 2008 Shake My Hand EP, received regular airplay on KROQ’s Locals Only radio program, and won a “Best Song” nomination at the 2009 OC Music Awards.  Bassist Payam Doostzadeh, in a 2011 interview, said that with “Cough Syrup” being the oldest song in Young the Giant’s catalog, “it’s kind of hard for us to play it.” Doostzadeh added, “I mean, we’ve had it for four years and it’s just now getting on the radio? But our fans don’t know that. You’ve got to sell it. You’ve got to love it.” 

Lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia explained that “Cough Syrup” was written at a time when the band was unsigned, had no money and “didn’t really know what to do with ourselves.” The group, he continued, “felt somewhat oppressed by the universal expectation of what to do in Orange County…in suburbia in general. I think we really yearned to break out of that and do something a little bit different.” Gadhia said the song is “kind of a cry for help” to “break free, not necessarily from oppression, but the common symptoms of suburbia like boredom, normality and homogeneity.”

Cough Syrup - Young the Giant, Ehson Hashemian

Life’s too short to even care at all oh
I’m losing my mind losing my mind losing control
These fishes in the sea they’re staring at me oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
A wet world longs for a beat of a drum
Oh

If I could find a way to see this straight
I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now

Uhh ch ch ch ch

Life’s too short to even care at all oh
I’m coming up now coming up now out of the blue
These zombies in the park they’re looking for my heart
Oh oh oh oh
A dark world aches for a splash of the sun oh oh

If I could find a way to see this straight
I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now

And so I run to the things they said could restore me
Restore life the way it should be
Waiting for this cough syrup to come down

Life’s too short to even care at all oh
I’m losing my mind losing my mind losing it all

If I could find a way to see this straight
I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now

So I run to the things they said could restore me
Restore life the way it should be
Waiting for this cough syrup to come down

One more spoon of cough syrup now
One more spoon of cough syrup now

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