Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week we’re featuring bands playing at this year’s CMJ Music Festival in New York City, where KEXP will host a series of intimate live performances in the lobby of the Ace Hotel New York, sponsored by Toyota Free Yr Radio. Today’s selection is “Up Up Up” by GIVERS from the 2011 album In Light on Glassnote Records.
From Lafayette, Louisiana, GIVERS are a bubbly group of multi-instrumentalists who play spirited, ebullient indie pop with heavy Afro-Caribbean influences, resulting in comparisons to bands such as Vampire Weekend. Led by the joyous back-and-forth vocals of Taylor Guarisco and Tiffany Lamson, the five-piece band also draw from the rich musical tradition of their home state of Louisiana, exhibiting traces of Zydeco as well as the celebratory spirit of New Orleans funk. After releasing a self-titled EP in 2009, GIVERS signed to Glassnote Records to release their debut full-length album, In Light, in June of 2011. “Up Up Up,” the album’s single and today’s featured song, is a perfect exemplar of the band’s ability to combine a number of different styles into an energetic anthem that is about as “feel-good” as a song can get.
GIVERS are in the midst of touring in support of In Light, and their CMJ sets will include a performance at Terminal 5 in New York on Thursday, October 20, as well as a weekend appearance at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn on Saturday the 22nd. You can catch their live set from the lobby of the Ace Hotel on KEXP Thursday at 12:30 PM (9:30 am, if you’re listening on the West Coast). It isn’t hard to imagine GIVERS putting on an absolutely amazing live show, so keep close tabs on their touring schedule for upcoming performances in your area. Here’s their video for “Up Up Up:”