Mississippi Studios presents the ecclectic Louisiana rockers known for melodic, crystalline jams
$15 advance / $15 day of show
Since breakout 2011 release In Light, GIVERS have embraced a vision of life and love that, in the band’s early years, bubbled with the optimism of unchallenged youth. Ever the disciples of movement, GIVERS channels Afro-pop polyrhythms and art rock collage into raw, transcendent joy.
From the jump, the band achieved dizzying success. GIVERS toured world class stages, both international and domestic, becoming a fixture on the major festival circuit, including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and winning appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (The band’s electricity struck Neil Young, who caught GIVERS on Late Night and mused about it, in a stream of consciousness, in his autobiography.)
Now each in their early 30s — ragged, accomplished, philosophized — the band’s creative nucleus of Taylor Guarisco, Tif Lamson, and Josh LeBlanc has transitioned from celebrating life to probing its complications: the cruel fiction of unmet expectations, the deflation in opportunities lost and the elation in new ones found. In the process, they left the place of the band’s birth (Lafayette, La.) for the cultural kaleidoscope of New Orleans, now the site of their coming of age.
On the EP Movin On, the follow-up to 2016’s deep-set and ambitious studio achievement New Kingdom, a maturing GIVERS approaches these questions with a clarified song craft, honed under the mentorship of Nashville producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) and New Orleans-based engineer/producer Eric Heigel (Arcade Fire, Lost Bayou Ramblers) at the legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville and at Heigel’s Wixmix Studios in New Orleans.
Where earlier recordings sprawled with sonic discovery, the title track “Movin On” corrals the band’s percussive explorations into tight, magnetic rhythms reminiscent of the new wave world beat of bands like Tom Tom Club or Dirty Projectors. The acoustic punch of lead single “Collide”, set on edge with Guarisco’s searing dance-punk guitar work, hits like a thump to the rib cage. An older, wiser GIVERS packs a concise wallop.
GIVERS now meet shattered expectations with rejuvenated positivity - a gratefulness borne of experience over naive optimism. Clear-eyed and earnest, they strip away the studio pretense of their previous efforts to reveal a simple, beating heart. Yeah, things change; that makes life for the living.
Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti-western weirdness. Taking cues from Santo & Johnny, The Stooges, Ritchie Valens, Marc Bolan, Percy Faith, Sam Cooke, the men working on the chain gang—uh! ah!—they’re all here, their electric ghosts reaching across time, tapping Gringo Star on the shoulder like the crossroads devil to Robert Johnson, bestowing secrets, passing torches.
If you know a little about brothers Nick and Peter Furgiueles’ roots, it all makes sense. “Our grandad started out in radio in the ’40s and ’50s in Columbus, Ga.,” Nick explains. “He was a huge promoter of R&B back when it was still super segregated, and he was playing black music and putting on shows with Little Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, a lot of Gospel shows. So we grew up hearing all these stories, listening to all this music. Our grandfather was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame posthumously. And my grandma—all her photo albums are like Jackie Wilson shirtless backstage, hanging out.” Not to mention how Nick and Peter used to raid their parents’ record collections, cutting their teeth on the likes of Buddy Holly, The Animals and The Kinks. “Our favorite music comes from the ’50s,” Peter says, “and that music influenced all the ’60s bands we like.”
The band has toured relentlessly across the U.S. and Europe building a diehard underground following while sharing bills with everyone from Cat Power and Feist to The Black Angels and Weezer, and also touring with Wavves, Best Coast, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and fellow Atlantans The Black Lips.