Young the Giant Enjoy Coachella as Spectators

'We've been camping, and it's really fun,' bassist says

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Young the Giant may not be playing Coachella this year, but that doesn't mean the Irvine, California, rockers can't enjoy the festivities as spectators: "I got a general admission pass, we've been camping and it's really fun; we've met a lot of really, really cool people," bassist Payam Doostzadeh says at Rolling Stone's Rock Room. "It's really cool to go to a festival and actually experience it the way most people do. It's eye-opening and it's a lot of fun."

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Doostzadeh and frontman Sameer Gadhia also talked about Young the Giant's upcoming album, which they've been writing in spurts between tours over the past two years, with pre-production set to begin next month.

"For us I think it's just kind of coming back to reality," Gadhia says. "We've been on the road for the last three and a half years, and when you're on the road, time doesn't really make much sense and keeping in touch with people is very difficult."

"There's this responsibility that we have, not just for ourselves, but for the fans, the people," Doostzadeh adds, the former student explaining how their passion for music became a career seemingly out of nowhere. "We just want to give it our all and never be jaded. Just always connect."

Interview by Steve Baltin; text by Jon Blistein.