Imagine a band signed by the forward-thinking American indie (Glassnote) that has helped Mumford & Sons become the second best-selling albums artist in the US this year. Imagine African polyrhythms played by a jam band. Imagine a dance music that’s ravin’ Cajun. That, nearly, is GIVERS. “Cajun is so important to us because it represents where we come from,” says Taylor Guarisco, singer and guitarist with this five-piece-band from Lafayette, Louisiana. “And we’re so proud of where we come from. Cajun is such a resonant force because it really does represent not just a music at all.” These skipping rhythms, jaunty melodies and funky bass lines “represent a lifestyle that we all live in the south, which is to enjoy life and celebrate life. And to do what you have to do in life to get along – but never forgetting that you’re just a moment away from appreciating life and celebrating life. We really do play every show like it’s one of our last ones,” says Guarisco. “Say the second-to-last one – then we would really tap into the musical element. So, every show we just really go for it. We don’t hold anything back. Which is a thing that we like to hold as our focus. So there’s lots of energy onstage. I look around whenever we’re playing and everyone is playing their instruments as hard as they can on every song pretty much.” Go see GIVERS quick. Before things get totally out of hand!
Dj EXCEL & Djane VEE / WEEKENDER
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