Originally from Lafayette, the New Orleans-based pop band Givers devoted 18 months to crafting their lush new album, “New Kingdom.”
Writing and recording took place on location in rented homes in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as well as Dockside Studio in Maurice and Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans.
The exploratory but still melodic and hook-based Givers will play a Lafayette album release show Saturday at the recently opened Warehouse 535.
The night also features Cajun-rockers of Lost Bayou Ramblers and pop-rock band, Brass Bed, which released a new single, “I Am Just A Whisper,” last month.
Givers’ extended work for “New Kingdom” followed three years of global touring. Then, singer-guitarist Taylor Guarisco, singer-percussionist Tiffany Lamson and bassist Josh LeBlanc took a break.
“No record talk, no tour talk,” Guarisco said. “Just got by the fireplace for a few months. And then we got back to it.”
“New Kingdom” contains luxurious male-and-female vocals by Guarisco and Lamson, prominent electronic keyboards and the group’s signature smacking percussion. The year-and-a-half of work for this all-important second album contrasted to Givers’ “In Light” sessions.
“The first record was a really fast-paced experience,” Guarisco said. “We were a newborn band, and it all landed. We just did it.”
The “New Kingdom” sessions also followed a re-evaluation of the band’s musical identity.
“A few months of losing perspective on what we thought we were,” Guarisco confessed. “We developed a new approach, but we still knew we were capable of this forward motion with a perpetual groove. We kept that, but we also went to a bunch of new places. We had to make sure we were carving these new places out in an honest way.”
Honesty in performance is something Guarisco and Givers always seek.
“We’re not into the idea of looking ‘cool,’” Guarisco said. “The more of ourselves we lose, the more the song comes to life. We try to get out of the way and just let the songs rip.”
Lafayette native Guarisco, a New Orleans resident for nine months, said his new city of residence is a great place to be an artist.
“I love Lafayette and the people there, but I’ve got great things happening in New Orleans,” he said. “In the creative realm, there’s something in the air that’s always vibrant and kicking in New Orleans.”