Alt-rockers Young the Giant growing fast |

Alt-rockers Young the Giant growing fast

Pieter M. van HattemYoung the Giant (Saturday, South Shore Room) played 180 shows last year. On Monday it will appear on "Jimmy

Young the Giant just had a big year.

The alternative rockers in 2011 played 180 shows, made three national television appearances and released an album which reached No. 2 on the U.S. Heat chart and featured three singles.

An early 2012 highlight is playing Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room.

“We had a great year,” bass player Payam Doostzadeh said. “Last January we had 10,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook and now we are at 210,000.”

Another barometer of growing experience was its approach to late night television appearances.

“The first time we did Kimmel (‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’) we were really nervous and excited and by the time we did Leno (‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’), it was like any other gig we had ever done,” Doostzadeh said.

It appears again Monday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

During one of its “three or four” European tours, Young the Giant played on the BBC’s “Later … with Jools Holland,” along with Adele, R Kelly, James Blake and Metronomy. The band also appeared in Indonesia, Australia and Canada.

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“Paris, France,” Doostzadeh said, before adding Amsterdam, California and New York.

From the band which began in 2004 as the Jakes only singer Sameer Gadhia and guitarist Jacob Tilley remain. It became Young the Giant when it signed with Roadrunner Records. Eric Cannata plays guitar and Francois Comtois drums.

“We are high energy,” Doostzadeh said. “We’re a pretty organic rock band. We don’t have any backtracks or things like that. What you hear is what you get.”

Two singles made the top 5 on U.S. alternative charts: “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.”

Saturday’s show will be the band’s first at Tahoe. Most of the band members plan to ski here this weekend.

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