You guys! I was lucky enough to chat with Francois Comtois, drummer for Young The Giant, ahead of their appearance at Denver’s convention stop on the Bud Light Party tour. We only had a few minutes, but he was super nice as we talked about their new album Home of the Strange and working with Bud Light.
If you aren’t sure what the “Bud Light Party” is, exactly – they have been throwing FREE concerts all over the country with all kinds of bands and artists to highlight diversity and fun during this crazy election season. It’s not about politics, it’s about getting together with your pals and caucusing for a good time. Rules to win tickets differ by city but check out the site to get yours (21+ only).
In Denver, we were lucky enough to have The Strumbellas and Young The Giant perform at the Fillmore Auditorium, with art installations, photo booths and lots of free Bud Light. All while seeing two great bands most of us would absolutely have paid to see.
Thanks Bud Light!
Interview with Francois Comtois, drummer of Young The Giant
Young The Giant is just releasing a new album (Home of the Strange came out Friday, August 12th). Tell me about it.
We did this album a bit differently in that we have been releasing teaser songs over the past few months, to really build excitement. It’s been great because the fervor for it has been like nothing we have ever seen before. The album is also a bit of a new direction for us. We knew what we wanted to do, had a clear direction, but it took us a while to figure out how to get it down. It really came together when we started working with our producer Alex Salibian, who has a great ear for traditional instrumentation but then putting a modern spin on it.
You’re touring for the album… what is a Young The Giant concert like?
We try to put on a good show! We want to take everyone through the new record’s ebbs and flows but also music for our long-time fans. Hopefully you will think we tastefully frame everything together.
How is it working on more of a one-off show like the Bud Light Party?
I love how there are a bunch of stops all over the country with all these different artists! The whole tour is great exposure for the bands to gain fans that they may not otherwise meet because they are free concerts, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for us. Plus there are artists painting during the night – it’s just great that Bud Light decided to do something like this. Also, we had never played the Fillmore before. I just finished sound check and was blown away by how beautiful the venue is. I hope we come back and play here many more times.
Just want to thank our fans for their support. They are the ones who really make all this special. We’re ready to get back out there and play some music.
On a personal note, I’d like to add Young the Giant killed it at at the Fillmore and I will have lots of concert photos from that night soon. Also, be sure to check out their new album, Home of the Strange. It’s a beautiful reflection of where they are as a band, as a melting pot of nationalities and musical talents.
Remaining Bud Light Party 2016 Convention Tour Dates:
August 18 – St. Louis
Dashboard Confessional & Charli XCX
August 19 – Atlanta
Randy Houser, Cam & Chase Bryant
August 20 – Tampa
Nelly & KONGOS
August 25 – Chicago
Justin Moore & Lil Jon
August 26 – Boston
2 Chainz & T-Pain
August 27 – New York City
Big Sean & “Special Guest”