'Movin' On' cover.
‘Movin’ On’ cover.

New Orleans band Givers have released their new EP, Movin’ On, via Glassnote Records. The EP was produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) along with engineer/producer Eric Heigle (Arcade Fire, Lost Bayou Ramblers). Along with the release of the EP, the band shared a live performance of the title track from Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Showcasing their distinctive artistic style and eclectic energy, the video highlights the track’s shimmering catchiness and uplifting optimism. The band featured this month as Delta’s Artist Spotlight, returned earlier this summer with their single ‘Collide’, of which Paper Magazine said: “you’ll want to hit repeat and start dancing.”

Since their breakout 2011 release In Light, Givers have embraced a vision of life and love that, in the band’s early years, bubbled with the optimism of unchallenged youth. Formed in 2008 in the sweaty dancehalls of Lafayette, Louisiana, Givers knew right away that they had something special. Crafted from the improvisational and dance-fuelled atmosphere of the area’s zydeco, Cajun, and jazz cultures mixed with an affection for new wave, funk, and world music, the infectious results brought a quick rise to the spotlight for the young band.

From the start, the band achieved dizzying success. Givers toured world-class stages, both international and domestic, becoming a fixture on the major festival circuit, including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and winning appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band’s electricity even struck Neil Young, who caught Givers on Late Night and mused about it, in a stream of consciousness, in his autobiography.

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Now each in their early 30s — ragged, accomplished, philosophized — the band’s creative nucleus of Taylor Guarisco, Tif Lamson, and Josh LeBlanc has transitioned from celebrating life to probing its complications: the cruel fiction of unmet expectations, the deflation in opportunities lost and the elation in new ones found. In the process, they left the small town place of the band’s birth (Lafayette, LA.) for the cultural kaleidoscope of New Orleans, now the site of their coming of age.