As I have said in my first post about fun., rarely do I fall in love with a band. There are different factors: Are they chill? Does their music make me happy? Do I want to go to their shows? Do their shows make me feel amazing?
I am in puppy love with GIVERS. Even though it’s been over a year since first listening to them, I still say I’m in the beginning stages of love. They are a band that just makes me smile. And smiling is really my favorite.
I was in a music slump one day and was scouring the internet for something new. And then I found it! ‘Up, Up, Up’ was featured on a music blog and I immediately looked them up. This video, Introducing: GIVERS, made me want to jump head first into this music relationship.
Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, the band is singer/guitarist Taylor Guarisco, lead singer/percussionist Tiffany Lamson, drummer Kirby Campbell, bassist/guitarist Josh LeBlanc, and saxophonist/keyboardist Nick Stephan. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina whipped through Louisiana forcing them to leave their colleges and make the trek back home. Creating something good out of something bad- GIVERS was formed. They added light to a dark situation.
Tiffany said in a Glassnote Records (the band’s record company) write-up, “I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else and being the way we are. There is a life about the music here. People are drawn to dance with freedom; there is a sense of enjoyment in music that I haven’t seen in many other places.
By infusing their wide range of musical influences (jazz, funk, punk, zydeco, doo wop, etc.) together, GIVERS created an upbeat pop record. In Light, their 2011 record, became my ‘dance around in my apartment’ music with ‘Up, Up, Up’ and ‘Ceiling of Plankton’. It’s just that kind of music that makes you happy. I’ve tweeted/said it before, but I dare you to watch one of their live performances and not smile. It’s impossible. Joy in their eyes, adrenaline in their bones, and music in their hearts- they were born to do this.
One night on YouTube, they had these live performances presented by La Blogotheque. It was called “The Switch” and viewers could choose between GIVERS and Theophilus London. Obviously, I chose GIVERS. They performed in someone’s Brooklyn loft in the living room and in the kitchen. They used everything around them as extra instruments- pepper shakers, spoons, whisks, kitchen cabinets, hanging pots. What? Seriously? Yes. Not just kids making noise. Musicians making music. Kirby even started cooking in the song ‘Atlantic’ to create some of the sounds. It was one of those things that even if you weren’t there in person, you still felt special seeing it.
I’ve been to a couple of their shows and I’ll actually be going to one this week! I know it’s kind of cheesy, but when you see GIVERS play live, you get overwhelmed with happiness. It takes over. All your worries are gone. It’s just you and the music.
Taylor and Tiff sometimes play their guitar and uke face-to-face. The last show I was at was a free show in Central Park and the crowd collectively awed. The faces Taylor makes when he plays guitar are unreal. He gets so into it that he looks like he’s having a seizure. Once you know that he’s okay and not dying on stage, you find it hilariously awesome. At least, I do. Tiff’s energetic drumming with her long hair flowing all around makes the boys/girls swoon for her. The whole band gets so into it and feeds off of each other’s energy. You can see their talent and that’s what makes them awesome live performers.
So like my fun. post, I’m going to leave you with a few things:
- Check out In Light. Buy/listen/add to your Spotify. I love Spotify for this exact purpose. Finding out about new bands and adding them, so I can listen before I buy. (Yes, I buy my music. Support the bands, yo!)
- Add their songs to your “Make time to dance with one hand waving free” playlist. ‘Ceiling of Plankton’ is my favorite!
- See them live on tour! (Or at least watch one of their YouTube videos above or this one- ‘Meantime’) Get a feel for GIVERS because as I’m sure it’s been said before, they have A LOT to give.
- Seriously, if you’re into smiling, you should check them out.