The Tulane Hullabaloo: For people who have never heard your music before, can you give a description of it?Givers will release their LP In Light via Glassnote Records on June 7th. Their now out-of-print EP Valcour is available digitally now.
Taylor Guarisco: It's celebratory, for sure, but it has direction, and that direction likes to change in odd places sometimes. It's from the South, so it's danceable. We used to call it afro-beat, dancey pants, country, folky, love music, but we prefer "feel good music" these days.
The Tulane Hullabaloo: What do you hope to accomplish with your debut album?
Taylor Guarisco: I think a big part of it, honestly, was everybody's undying focus and undivided attention on making these songs better and better every show that we played. Everybody really dedicated everything to it. We all had a huge question before this band existed which was: "Is playing music in a band what we're supposed to be doing right now?" Then we started this band, and it felt right. Everyone just focused on the fact that this was an opportunity to go further into that calling. Everybody dropped out of college, quit other bands or quit jobs and just focused on making these songs better.
The band will tour in May and June, hitting Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and Bowery Ballroom on June 16th. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All tour dates and a couple of videos below...
Givers - "Saw you first" Live
Givers at Urban Outfitters Backlot - Austin, TX
GIVERS - 2011 TOUR DATES
4/30 Parc International Lafayette, LA
5/21 Northstar Philadelphia, PA
5/22 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
5/23 Beachand Tavern Cleveland, OH
5/27 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
5/30 Sasquatch Festival George, WA
6/1 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
6/2 Bootleg Theatre Los Angeles, CA
6/4 Trunk Space Phoenix, AZ
6/7 The Loft Dallas, TX
6/8 Antone's Austin, TX
6/14 Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC
6/16 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
6/19 Middle East Boston, MA
6/20 Il Motore Montreal, QC
6/21 The Garrison Toronto, ON
6/23 The Basement Columbus, OH
6/24 Schubas Chicago, IL
6/26 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN
6/27 Riot Room Kansas City, MO