Concert: Young The Giant - Home of the Strange
HOME OF THE STRANGE IS....
....the culmination of a year and a half’s worth of internal and external exploration, both a labor of love and humility. If nothing else, we have learned a lot about ourselves as writers, and human beings, and if I am fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to live long and look lazily upon my life, I will remember “Home of the Strange” as our modest coming of age story; a moment that will cast long, happy, shadows in the dog days.
The writing process began on the road in the fall of Protected content , as we found ourselves on tour with Kings of Leon at the twilight of the “Mind Over Matter” album release. For us, the tour was a victory lap after several years of sprinting through life. Gratitude is a difficult concept for the human animal; us, who are often fickle, unimpressed, bored. This disquiet is what propels us all to do scary, beautiful, impactful things, but it also plots our depression, our manias, our great undoing. On that tour we felt gratitude; this magnificent calmness, that made everything in the world full of possibility and wonder; we felt comfortable in our skin, and that openness made us ripe for exploration.
As young kids, we had no idea so many adventures awaited us. Tours in places we had only dreamed of visiting, TV performances we only used to watch together, festival slots alongside our favorite bands. At that time, we were just contented playing with one another in a garage, crafting songs for ourselves, only to play shows no one came to: it was a beautiful time, before expectation, without any thought or care of success. On that tour with Kings of Leon, I felt like a little kid living my impossible dreams once again, merely contented doing what I loved. Young the Giant is the power of youth, the potency of a collective bravery and naivety, where all the noise ceases to exist outside our door, where we are left to create with the force of our will, and only that. We channeled that childish excitement for this album, once more, without trying, just by doing. We wanted to tell our story and our families’ stories of immigration to a new home. No matter if you are a first generation, Native or Mayflower American, the narrative of this country is wild discovery: there is bloodshed, sadness, but beauty and goodness as well, like all stories worth telling. No matter if you’re not American either! The stories of all our ancestors are written in our blood and explain who we are and what we still desire from the miracle of life. Home of the Strange is our ode to that wonder and awe in the world, where we find ourselves looking beyond the proverbial window shade to trudge forward and build tenements on the nomadic journey of life, discovering the world in all its bizarre beauty and dirty glory, find our place within it, and create a new home for ourselves Elsewhere between past and future.
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