By Kathryn Pinto
Photo By Zach Smith
GIVERS’ joyful, polyrhythmic music broke the spell of melancholy in a month of beautiful, but downhearted music. I first listened to them on one of those days when I thought I would never catch up on email or listening to the tracks piling up in my inbox. So I took a chance on a slightly familiar name in one of those emails and played a couple of GIVERS’ songs. To my surprise, it was bouncy, danceable, percussive music that made me feel like my heart was hopping on a trampoline, in contrast to the doleful, yet excellent, releases of recent weeks (see Bon Iver, the Antlers, Other Lives).
GIVERS, from Lafayette, Louisiana play the Bootleg Theater Thursday with Caddywhompus and Family of the Year. Their debut album In Light comes out Tuesday June 7, but is now streaming in its entirety on NPR Music’s First Listen. Band members Tiffany Lamson and Taylor Guarisco caught up with me by phone from a gas station in Denver on their way out to the Sasquatch Festival and schooled me on young avant-garde Cajun bands, why every band needs a solar bus and their tour van playlist.
Radio Free Silver Lake: We’re really excited to have you guys play LA next week.
Tiffany Lamson: Yeah, we are really excited to play. We love playing on the West Coast; we’ve only done it twice and every time it’s just amazing.
RFSL: How’s your tour going so far?
Taylor Guarisco: The tour is going great. The tour started in New York. We spent a week [there] … just spreading the word about the album that’s about to come out. It’s called In Light; it’s coming out June 7th. We’re really excited about it because we put a lot of love into it.