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"Glee" helps Young The Giant grown its audience

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Young The Giant's career has been on a decidedly upward trajectory during the 16 months since the release of its debut album. But having its single "Cough Syrup" in this season's final episode of "Glee" -- during the much-discussed suicide scene, no less -- made the Irvine, Calif., quintet think a bit.

"We're open for all applications of the music, but obviously there is that initial feeling of, 'Oh yeah, it's 'Glee'...," says frontman Sameer Gadhia. "But at the end of the day I think we're happier people are watching something that's musical based. I mean, there's...'Jersey Shore,' y'know? there's all sorts of rancid (stuff) on television.

"With 'Glee,' there are a lot of people that it really strikes a chord with and appeals to them enough to watch it every week. There's nothing we can say about that. So we embrace it and we're just gracious and happy that people want to use our stuff."

Gadhia says the group members also liked having the song used in such a serious scene and as part of an episode that spoke against bullying and homophobia.

"It's very, very intense...very, very impactful," he notes. "I don't think we ever had the intent of the song being part of such a very serious thing, but we were excited to see how it was applied. We most definitely empathized with what that was about. All of us have been victims of bullying and have been bullies at some point in time. It hit everyone in the band."

Young The Giant will continue to play live throughout the year, but the group has also started writing material for its second album, which Gadhia says the quintet will start recording in September for an early 2013 release.

Young The Giant and Walk The Moon perform on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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