Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Givers

By brandon / August 20, 2010

Givers are a young quintet from Lafayette, Louisiana, the local openers for Dirty Projectors last year at Chelsea’s in Baton Rouge. The Projectors hadn’t heard them before that night but were impressed enough to ask them to join them on their next tour through the South and the East Coast. We’re impressed, too, and easily understand why Longstreth & Co. would be into their eclectic, ecstatic, celebratory, knotty, vocally rich sound. It’s unclear if they got their name from the Lucky Dragons song, but their music’s packed with that sort of psychedelic buoyancy, homegrown exoticism (here, Afropop via the American South), and rattling optimism/joy. You may hear Vampire Weekend, but via something a bit more expansive and shaggy like Poi Dog Pondering or another Dirty Projector tourmate (and BTW), tUnE-YarDs. That, and the kids can play and sing with the best of them. Look no further than their two standout singles: Obvious favorite “Up Up Up” and the slightly mellower “In My Eyes” (with its swirling, sea-at-sunset beauty) to see what we mean.

Givers – “Up Up Up”
Givers – “In My Eyes”

“Up Up Up” live in Louisiana:

Givers have a self-released (and self-titled) EP out now. Find more information at MySpace. They’re currently in talks with a few labels to release their debut full-length, but nothing’s been decided: Look for that album, to be released by someone, in mid-late January. Before then they’re touring with Ra Ra Riot:

10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/08 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Jr. (ACL Afterparty) !!
10/19 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House %
10/20 – Los Angeles @ Music Box (Henry Fonda Theater) %
10/21 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern %
10/22 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse %
10/24 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit %
10/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s %
10/28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater %
10/29 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room %
10/30 – Nashville, TX @ Exit In %
11/01 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay #
11/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell Stage) #
11/03 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #
11/04 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle #
11/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
11/13 – Lafayette, LA @ LAFestival

!! w/ Cults, TV Torso
% w/ Ra Ra Riot, Villagers
# w/ Ra Ra Riot