The members of the Irvine-bred rock band Young the Giant have sound reasons to address issues of immigrant identity and cultural assimilation on their audacious new album, Home of the Strange.
Lead singer Sameer Gadhia's parents are from India, drummer Francois Comtois is from Canada, guitarist Jacob Tiley is from England, bassist Payam Doostzadeh is of Persian descent, and guitarist Eric Cannata is Italian-American.
Home's combination of well-crafted pop-rock (with deft left-field touches) and lyrics that exude an ultimately hopeful tone of inclusion is a winning one that bodes well for the band's concert here Thursday, Aug. 24, at San Diego State University.
Young the Giant, with Cold War Kids and Joywave: 7:30 p.m. today. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego State University. $29.95-$39.95. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com