New Idea #39:  Listen to Givers [SXSW 2011 Special]

17 Mar 2011

“One of the best things about the first band you see at SXSW each year is that you're likely to think they're great whether they are or not. In this instance on reflection I've concluded that I got lucky this time by seeing something good straight away....”

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One of the best things about the first band you see at SXSW each year is that you're likely to think they're great whether they are or not. In this instance on reflection I've concluded that I got lucky this time by seeing something good straight away. As a few rays of sunlight burst through a disappointingly overcast Texan sky, an extremely fresh-faced fivesome of four guys and a poncho-attired girl that make up Givers, floated West African melodies over the top of Crosby Stills and Nash playing college-rock in 2011, with more than a nod or two to Paul Simon along the way. Theirs is a pop-heavy attack of folk-tinged indie-pop that mostly recalls other recent SXSW buzzbands like Fools Gold and Local Natives, music that arcs and dips with intricate melody and uplifting choruses from start to finish. Glassnote Records release the band in the States, and the chat around the huddled industry after the show is that they will be releasing on the major label Island in the UK, so expect them to be all over things in time to come.

Ceiling Of Plankton by GIVERS

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