Absolutepunk.net's founder Jason Tate addresses a recurring question asked by his readers in rattling off his 100 bands to check out. And with indie rockers and Roadrunner Records newcomers Young the Giant at #4, Tate writes, "These are bands I am currently really into (new and old and everything in between) - and I think you should check out/own/buy/download/support."

Young the Giant, formerly known as The Jakes, hail from Southern California and have just finished recording their debut album with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarrelli.

Of the recent experience, the band shares, "We have spent all of our waking time together with Joe, and as the affectionate people we are, have dubbed him an honorary sixth member of the band. He has taught us how to consciously evoke our creative forces, how to run despite the ropes of expectation that may suffocate, and how to sleep at the end of the day. It is reassuring to have a man as seasoned as Joe pushing us to a place we never thought we could quite reach ourselves."

Read the band's whole studio update here, and be sure to take AP.net's advice by listening to a work in progress from Young the Giant's recent studio sessions below, and catching the band on tour with Minus the Bear this spring.