Road house rock, through and through. Or as the Bandcamp bio reads: “Songs of heartbreak, chrome, and hospitals.” Sounds like a rough night! Are we hearing a little Bad Religion or are we crazy? Spiffied up for the brunch crowd and cut with an admixture of Monkees meet Replacements. That’s a cocktail to guarantee you won’t miss work in the morning, but you’ll probably still feel like trash.

The Give are Bill Howard, George Lanides , Patrick Owens, Jim Reilly, and Michael Tocker.  

Their debut EP, Summers Over, provided fresh powerpop from Massachusetts.  The single Massachusetts was voted in the Top Ten by WRSI in 2019.  Anchored by a solid rock and soul sensibility, with stellar songwriting to boot, The Give draw on such influences as The Feelies, Radio Birdman, Glen Campbell, Reigning Sound, Wild at Heart, Television, Gladys Knight, and plaid. 

Their most recent release, Hotelworthy, features all new material recorded and mixed at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton, Massachusetts by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh).  Start listening.       

Review of "Summers Over" featured in The Somerville/Medford News 

The Give is a band that plays Western, Mass, and they are looking to come our way. George Lanides sent me the Spotify and it knocked me out, instantly, which doesn’t happen often. Power pop, Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop? they have all the elements! The song “Massachusetts” opens up the 5 song e.p. entitled SUMMERS OVER (no apostrophe on summer’s)...“Massachusetts” has flavors of Bob Lind... “Flowers” follows, and it’s upbeat, bright and rocks smoothly…with delicate and elegant musicianship and vocals. “Nine” also has the sparkling guitars, a “Girl from Ipanema” feel with vocals out of Pere Ubu or Psychedelic Furs, but just a touch, more pop than new wave…delightful. “Little Angel” goes to more hard-driving Beatles by way of the Seeds or Paul Revere & The Raiders…these guys know how to change rock genres in an instant…and, no, “This Girl” is not an answer to John, Paul, George and Ringo’s “This Boy” – I can’t place my finger on the influences at this moment, listened last night too and can’t figure it out, but it is highly listenable and worth your attention.

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