KEXP @ CMJ 2011, Day 2: GIVERS

photos by Brittney Bush Bollay and Victoria VanBruinisse

From Lafayette, Louisiana, GIVERS are an exuberant five-piece band who play spirited, ebullient indie pop with heavy Afro-Caribbean influences. Led by the joyous back-and-forth vocals and bubbly stage presence of front people Taylor Guarisco and Tiffany Lamson, GIVERS 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. In addition to their KEXP performance from the lobby of the Ace Hotel, presented by Toyota Free Yr Radio, GIVERS will be playing tonight at Terminal 5 in New York, as well as at the Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday, October 23.

A large crowd had assembled in the lobby of the Ace Hotel for GIVERS 12:30 pm performance, and front man Taylor Guarisco couldn’t have been more delighted. He continually expressed his excitement and gratitude to everyone for coming out, even verbally walking those in attendance through the sound check. They began the set with “Up Up Up,” the single from their self-titled debut album, and jammed it out far longer than its 4:33 album length, as they did for every song of the set. While the entire band was incredibly talented, tight, and in sync with one another, the stars of the show were Guarisco and Tiffany Lamson, who were playfully smiling, joking, and interacting with each other the entire time. Watching them was nearly tantamount to seeing a couple over-zealously make out in public – they were so happy and excited it was almost obscene, and everyone in audience had to feel a pang of longing for the youthful exuberance they shared. This chemistry was a good thing, though, of course, and along with the band’s somewhat surprising ability to jam the hell out of their songs, it made for the liveliest and most infectious performance we have seen at the Ace Hotel so far.

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One Comment

  1. Kelly Blackwell
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Amazing band! Saw them at Voodoo last weekend after missing them in my own hometown (Pensacola, FL) at DeLuna Fest. I bought the album a while back and could not wait to hear and see them live. I was not disappointed. Awesome new discovery for me this year!

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