Aaron Bruno: Vocals / Lyrics Jamin Wilcox: Drummer / Keyboards Drew Stewart: Guitars David Amezcua: Bass Aaron, Drew and Jamin had all been in bands signed to major labels, so they knew what they didn’t want when they got together and worked on songs without a recording deal, then proceeded to build a local following through the Internet and playing live. The group recorded a five-song EP, featuring “Mama’s Room,” distributing it at their shows and on-line. Most of that release survived intact on the band’s debut album, both of which were produced by former Blind Melon members Brad Smith and Christopher Thorne. Under the Influence of Giants is an unlikely album for a group of twenty-somethings who aren’t afraid to cite Olivia Newton-John’s “Let’s Get Physical” and Bob James’ Heads album as inspirations.
Under the Influence of Giants (sometimes abbreviated UTIOG) is a musical group from Los Angeles, California. They released their major label debut album in August 2006, which was a number one hit on the Top Heatseekers chart. Among their influences are the Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Bee Gees, Prince, WHAM!, Chicago and Todd Rundgren. UTIOG have performed on Last Call with Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel Live! as well as opening for acts such as Aerosmith, Darrell DMC, Crowded House, and The Sounds.