Giftshop proudly announces the release of their debut EP, 800 Million, heralded by The New York Times as "Spunky Pop"
(Arts section Sept. 15th, 2009). They are finalists in the prestigious SHURE MICROPHONE Battle of the bands competition and the group was recently featured on LIVE 365’s Women of Substance radio program.
Championing CGBG’s style pop from the streets of New York City, Giftshop's hi-energy stage shows have earned them a dedicated following in Manhattan nightclubs. The band draws on broad influences ranging from BIG 80's to PUNK, channeling a sound that’s familiar yet fresh. The quartet sows the seeds for a highly marketable musical package. Radio ready pop gems such as "800 Million" and "Peach Girl" stick with the listener after the first few bars, while other tracks such as "Boomer" or "Purchase" could be dropped straight into a film or television soundtrack.
Giftshop's EP 800 Million is now available on itunes!
They are currently gigging in the Tri-State Area and working on their 2nd EP.
800 Million EP
TAXI indie A & R Interview
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Q: Where did you grow up? Meghan: Rochester, New York Matt: Victor, NY Damian: Most o...Q: Where did you grow up?
Rochester, New York
Most of the band comes from upstate...and when I went there it felt like they wanted to beat me up.
Yeah, because your hair was frosted and you had a hard time downing a garbage plate*.
*Editors note: A garbage plate is Northern New York dish consisting of 2 hamburger or cheeseburger patties, or 2 hot dogs, or a steak, or a chicken filet, perhaps a grilled cheese. This is seated upon a choice of macaroni salad, baked beans, and a pile of French fries/home fries. Then the aforementioned items are smothered in "hot sauce" (ground beef-based gravy seasoned extra spicy) typically served with white bread and butter on the side.
Q: What made you realize that music was your path?
I've always been on that path. Now I can't find the exit ramp.
It's about having fun and escaping from the daily grind.
Music has been a part of me all my life. I thank my Dad and John
Denver for that. Also, I was a dancer since 4 years of age. Went to college for dance and danced professionally for years, but needed
something a little more rock n roll in my life. Hence.....Rock n Roll!
Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Melodic crunchy goodness.
I like Matt's answer to that.....
Q: Who are your biggest musical influences?
I grew up on a steady dose of punk, pop, metal, with a little grunge on the side.
Hmmm....Stylistically, I'd say The Waitresses and The Motels. Learning and loving to sing came from, again, my Dad and John Denver.
My dad and my sister.
Depeche Mode and Slayer…which are really just like my Mom and Dad.
Q: What makes your music unique?
I don't think there is such a thing as unique music.
The unique element would be me, I guess. After all, no one has my vocal chords.
Exactly! It was when we combined Meghan's voice with Matt’s songs or my songs. You can hear the results in our upcoming EP!
Q: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you're most proud of?
I'm proud of the work and guts it took for me to put together my very first band (all-girls which took even bigger guts) and then actually singing on stage for the first time. Also, opening for Southern Culture on the Skids was a huge thrill!
Being in a band with my sister and opening for Spoon (one of my favorite bands).
The time I made “actual” money from music for composing a soda jingle. I framed the pay stub.
Recording my first song withThe Hi-Scores.
Q: What is next for you?
Recording the EP and playing shows.
Performing live in front of a bunch of drunk suits and skirts.
Playing out live as much as possible. It's my favorite thing to do!
I'm a bit of a "Hey, look at me" kind of person when it comes to that.....
Me Not You
Red Letter Day
You can't make me
Covers: Blondie, MGMT, the Police
There are no upcoming dates at this time.