As A Gift

As A Gift

BandPopPunk

Not your average everyday Pop-Punk band. Strays away from the usual "power chord" formula to the genre and brings true musicianship into the game. From the crazy breakdowns to the slow mellow bridges, As A Gift does it all, and then some.

Biography

As A Gift is a Pop-Punk band from Long Island, New York. Their influences include New Found Glory, The Starting Line, Lifetime, Four Year Strong, Fireworks, and more.

They've all been in successful former projects such as The GetAway Drive, Holden Pan, and Something Epic.

Singer and Lyricist Desmond Zantua (former singer for Holden Pan) leads the band with his signature voice and unmatched stage presence. His lyrics are said to be extremely relatable and artistic. Ricky Araya (formerly in Holden Pan) and Brian Thomann (Something Epic) take the role of backing vocals and guitars. Their guitar parts aren't just everyday power-chords, they are more. Anthony Dobrini (formerly in The GetAway Drive) adds the low-end to the band with his bass parts, he also books many bands himself with his company Calling Out Productions. Drummer Bryan McElwain (Something Epic) is the backbone to the band, his extremely versatile drumming abilities and his signature fills keep the band moving.

As A Gift has been playing shows all around New York, and played a show in Connecticut.

Lyrics

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Written By: Desmond Zantua

Who knew a kiss could turn out quite this disastrous?

and now i know a friendship can be parted with a parting of the lips.

There was a time where we could talk for hours endlessly

Now conversation is a battle when words drip with formality

[Chorus]

How could we get like this-

so bitter, so cold, so fueled by self-interest

How could best friends

just descend to friends without benefit

You've got that scarlett letter. I guess that you lent some to me too

Cause I have been avoided by everyone of late, including you

now you ask me whats that burning smell and sizzling sound

well thats the smell and sound of a burning bridge thats burning to the ground

[chorus]

(all that soloing jazz going on)

[chorus]

Silent Treatment

Written By: Desmond Zantua

So I tried to break the ice today
but I brought about the second ice age
thought that we could speak it out
but the static will speak for us now
then I tried to play the nice guy card
but you refused to play your part
you should speak up with dignity
instead you bow out silently

You wanna hear the truth, but you block out all bad news
and you only give a damn if the topic is about you
can't stand to stay, but you got nowhere to go
you lost all self-control and its starting to show
You got looks to kill, as you and I both know
but I gotta leave before you kill us both

Then I thought that we could right the ship
but you just veered off course with it
your train of thoguht has finally crashed
it broke apart went right off track
So im done giving you advice
you treat my words like background noise
as I could craft the perfect key
but you'd just change the locks on me

You wanna hear the truth, but you block out all bad news
and you only give a damn if the topic is about you
can't stand to stay, but you got nowhere to go
you lost all self-control and its starting to show
You got looks to kill, as you and I both know
but I gotta leave before you kill us both

THATS IT
MY BAGS ARE PACKED
YOU CARE SO LITTLE; NOT AT ALL, TO BE EXACT
THAT HALF-EMPTY GLASS
GETS YOU NOWHERE QUICK
WHEN THE OTHER HALF
IS FULL OF SHIT

And so I tried top break the ice today
but i brought about a second ice age
thought that we could speak it out
but the static will speak for us now...

Clarity

Written By: Desmond Zantua

So you are always in my head
but you dont know it (cause you dont care)
and you are always on my mind
cause you mean everything to me
but I cant seem to make you see

that its true, that i love you
that i need you, that i cant go on without you
cause you dont seem to care

Lend me...
Clarity, clarity, clarity please
mean what you say and say what you mean cause
this means the world to me
x2

If i cant make the pieces fit
to the puzzle you've made of our relationship
then why should I even try?

Lend me...
Clarity, Clarity, Clarity please
mean what you say and say what you mean cause
this means the world to me
x2
(whys it when i'm here, shit always ends in tears?
well i dont know, but i think its time to go)

You broke my back just to hear the sound
it made when it snapped, it made when it snapped
You crushed my spine, then lied and said I would be fine
Well I'm not fine
So now I'm broken, here on the floor
I wont be your marionette anymore
and cant you see?
You love me to lose me
and wait for the day I stop acting

Happy....
(x4)

Are You Saying "Pam" or "Pan"?

Written By: Desmond Zantua

I'm sick of this situation, it's just so familiar
The shine in her eye is only surpassed by the ring on her finger
I'm playing with fire I cannot complain when I get burnt
but I'm certain this ends in flames so what the hell is all this worth?

[Pre-chorus]
I'm gonna ignore the cliches of all the fish out in the sea
cause all the catches have been caught and the whole ocean is empty

[chorus]
I'm sick of this situation, it's such a familiar storyline
I'm always in the game but I never win the prize
Don't fill me with fantasy because everything with me ends in failure every time
I'm always the best man but I never get the bride

Callous marks on my back from the frequent consolations
'cause twenty years have only brought honorable mentions

[pre-chorus]

[chorus]

Without a better half, I'm a fraction at best
Without a better half, I'm stuck in boredom until death
Without a better half, I'm just a fraction at best
Without a better half, I'm

I'm sick of the situation, it's such a familiar storyline
I'm always in the game but I never win the prize
Don't fill me with fantasy because everything with me ends in failure every time
I'm always in the game but I never win the prize

Horny; alone; What a surprise?
Horny; alone; story of my life

What Happened to Us?

Written By: Desmond Zantua

You are the scar on my arm
I was a stain on your shirt
How quickly you washed me off
and thats why this still hurts
found my pants from our first date
so unwearably ripped, just not at the seam
because of the placement they cant be repaired
it's fitting cause neither can we

What happened to us (What happened to all our trust)
What happened to us (Did all of it just turn to dust)
What happened to us (Was all of this doomed from the start)
What happened to us (Were we always just doomed)

Though it's been long dead and gone
Theres still some questions in mind
Like since you went back to him
What was the point of our time
Was there malicious intent
Was I just an accident
Or was it my worst fear:
That i was just a rebound with legs

What happened to us (What happened to all our trust)
What happened to us (Did all of it just turn to dust)
What happened to us (Was all of this doomed from the start)
What happened to us (Were we always just doomed)

It's better to have never loved than to ever have loved and lost
A could-have-been can be forgotten but the past can never be cut off
x2

What happened to us (Gang Vox)

Dear Nameless

Written By: Desmond Zantua

Dear nameless,
its not your fault
my lack of dedication is why
this once-smooth cruise came to a halt
I can attest (You did your best)
Far better than (the girls before)
But when one person (must row for two)
Well then that ship (wont leave the shore)

She's too selfless, I'm too selfish
Thats how we got ourselves into this mess
Made up of passive aggressiveness

So aimless
I bet it shows
How can i get a grip
The only thing i know is how to let go
So you should flee (and run from me)
Cause you are more (than I deserve)
For your protection (curb your attraction)
so in the end (this will not hurt)

She's too selfless, I'm too selfish
Thats how we got ourselves into this mess
Made up of passive aggressiveness
x2

Dont look to the past,
You know what I've done
Dont look to the future
Cause Ive seen whats to come
You look to the present
But thats just no good
They say "love your life"
Well I wish I could

Discography

"Believe" EP - December 2009

The acoustiv version of "Whitestone" has been played on several college radio stations in the Long Island area.

Set List

We have a long list of songs to choose from. Although our usual set is the following:

We usually start out with an instrumental intro which gets the crowd moving, then we go straight into "Bet You Believe," a fast, exciting, and moving song.
Next is "F*** You, Mr. Cartographer," it's a song to "jump to." from the catchy guitar parts, to the breakdown that almost comes out of nowhere. It's a crowd pleaser.
After that is "Six Year Old (Starts a New Life for Himself, in the Bronx)," A song that shows our love for blink 182.
"Everything for Nothing" usually seems to be the song that blows the crowd away, starting with a delay guitar part, it goes into a very poppy, happy song, but the bridge is mellow, yet powerful enough to blow anyone away.
The song we usually close with is "Whitestone," The first song we wrote. It's a mid-tempo song with a very powerful chorus.

There are more songs. The ones that were just described are the ones that are played the most.

Songs we have