Young the Giant allowed their song "Cough Syrup" to be re-recorded for the winter finale episode of the hit TV show Glee this week, and frontman Sameer Gadhia spoke to Billboard about their decision.
"Obviously there is that initial feeling of, 'Oh yeah, it's Glee,' and none of us watch Glee and there are some problems with that," Gadhia told the magazine. "But at the end of the day I think we're happier people are watching something that's music-based...With Glee, there are a lot of people that it really strikes a chord with and they feel emotional about it and it appeals to them enough to watch it every week. There's nothing we can say about that. We're open for all applications for the music...and just excited and gracious and happy that people want to use our stuff."
The song was used in a scene dealing with suicide and high school bullying, which actually added to the band's enthusiasm for the placement. "It's very, very intense, very, very impactful, and we most definitely empathized with that," said Gadhia. "All of us have been victims of bullying -- and been bullies at some point in time. It's something that hits everyone."
The frontman recorded an anti-bullying PSA which has been posted on their website, and which you can see above.
Young the Giant is getting ready for a major North American tour, and already writing songs for its second album, though no plans to enter the studio have been made at this time.