Gifthorse

Gifthorse

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Gifthorse is an acoustic rock band from Detroit that has developed it's own sound with catchy melodies, thought provoking lyrics, killer harmonies, layered guitars and a solid rhythm section. Best described as Power Pop meets 70s rock with Detroit flair and a dose of country.

Biography

Gifthorse is the brainchild of songwriters Zack Plastow, John MacKenzie and Bruce Niblett. ‘Tumbleweed’ (the band’s first full length release) is a collaborative effort that explores the themes of love and desire, loss and despair and ultimately hope and understanding through a sonic landscape of rhythm and melody. With influences ranging from rock and pop, jazz and blues to folk and country, ‘Tumbleweed’ is an ornate tapestry of layered guitars, interactive rhythms, and vocal harmonies that give Gifthorse its signature sound.

The project began in early 2006 when MacKenzie returned to Michigan after having lived in Colorado for several years, bringing with him new song ideas, as well as, a new-found affinity for country and western and the blues. Zack and Bruce had already been working on material and arrangements and performing and recording under the name Gifthorse at the time. But it was with MacKenzie’s addition to the lineup that things really began to take shape. Throughout 2006, the three founding members of Gifthorse spent countless hours honing their sound and writing new material.

As 2006 came to a close the guys were confident in the material they had written and decided it was time to record an album. Setting up shop in Zack’s basement studio, they began working on what was to become ‘Tumbleweed’. After sketching out the basic guitar tracks and vocals, Doug Bridges was selected to play drums on the album and Sean Bondareff was brought in to play bass. The rhythm section of Bridges and Bondareff couldn't have been better. Their performances truly compliment the songs on 'Tumbleweed' and elevate the album to a higher level.

Gifthorse is not what you’d expect from a band out of Detroit. In a town known mostly for garage rock and rap, Gifthorse is an anomaly. With a plethora of influences, the Gifthorse sound defies placement in any single genre, but it is also unmistakable nonetheless. Employing acoustic and electric guitars, three part harmonies, engaging melodies and thought provoking lyrics, Gifthorse has developed their own unique and powerful sound: A fresh sound reminiscent of everything good from the 70s, colliding with the future. With original songwriting and inspired live performances, Gifthorse is a band to watch.

Lyrics

Get A Life

Written By: Zack Plastow

Had enough of chasing those lines?
Seen some stuff
that nearly blew your mind
Did it up and it almost took your life
open your eyes

Had enough of reading my mind?
bring it up
don'tcha read between the lines
think you're tough?
don't know how to love, oughtta cut you down to size
open your eyes

I see it coming
an emminnent something
when stars rise and planets align
everyone's living with the burden their given to shine
and get a life

Had enough of paying those fines?
change it up
'cuz you're running out of time
take it up
with the man above if your pie in the sky's adding fuel to the fire

not on your life
if all that you want is to fly
shine... and get a life





By Design

Written By: Zack Plastow

Although my yesterdays
have come and gone
All my memories
well they're oh so fond
of what I have to say
even if I'm wrong
My fantasies
well they are my song

Up Up and away
Have no doubt
I'm leaving today
I figured out
how I'm gonna be
the man inside of me

Whenever I come to find
my design
Whatever I leave behind is by design

So lose those negatives
that keep you down
Choose the positives
and you can claim your crown
if you kick those misanthropes out of town
and the volume up
so you can hear this sound

Up Up and away
Have no doubt
I'm leaving today
I figured out
how I'm gonna be
the man inside of me

Whenever I come to find
my design
Whatever I leave behind is by design




Sweet n Sour

Written By: Zack Plastow

Stick around
Give me a chance and I’ll make you proud
to give me all your loving’
It’s better than nothing’s better there’s nothing better than

Look around
Give me a reason to stand my ground
and give you all my lovin’
It’s better than nothing’s better there’s nothing better than

Fall in fall out
Although I never really had a doubt
Fall in fall out

All my lovin’

Stick around
Give me a kiss and I’ll make you proud
to give me all your loving’
It’s better than nothing’s better there’s nothing better than

Lost and Found
Lend me your hand ‘fore I hit the ground
I’ll give you all my lovin’
It’s better than nothing’s better there’s nothing better than

Fall in fall out
Although I never really had a doubt
Fall in fall out

I’m into you girl
I’m into you girl
You and I can change the world we live in if we take a whirl

Fall in fall out
Although I never really had a doubt
Fall in fall out

All my lovin’
All my lovin’
I give ya all my lovin’




Tumbleweed

Written By: Zack Plastow

I packed my bags and hit the road
do you miss me?
or are you better off alone
in the place you call your home
and if you listen to the wind
hear me calling?
undernearth your spell my dear
I have fallen
fallen

tumbleweed from here to there
through the distance I don't care
least resistance as I roll to anywhere

I can't make it on my own
are you with me?
because I miss your smile the most
send you letters from the coast
and as the days go by you will
hear me calling
like a tumbleweed my dear
I have fallen
fallen

tumbleweed from here to there
through the distance I don't care
least resistance as I roll to anywhere
and it's a lonely feeling
and it's a long way down
and you're the only reason
I want to stick around

tumbleweed from here to there
through the distance I don't care
least resistance as I roll to anywhere
and it's a lonely feeling
and it's a long way down
and you're the only reason
I want to stick around



Endless Blue

Written By: John MacKenzie

The lake looks strange today
A violet hue
Echoes on her timeless waves
always true
and everything I do
helps me feel the rise and fall
in all of you
Endless BLue

Days never seem to last
now that I'm on my own
Before my time has passed
I'll ask of you
save to the endless blue

it helps me feel the rise and fall in all of you

I can fall into your emptiness
Endless blue

and everything I do
helps me fear the rise and fall in all of you

I can fall into your emptiness
Endless blue

Ghost Notes

Written By: John MacKenzie

Some mornings
I get up with the sun
think about who I am
and where I belong
and I recall everything I was to do
and I stay away from you

For better or worse
I love my surse in the worst way
and isn't it funny how things they change
all but me I remain the same
and I need a change
someday
somway

take what I am and thrown it away
savor the taste of sweet disgrace and I'll stay away from you

Discography

Tumbleweed LP 2007
Gifthorse EP 2005

Set List

This is our current setlist. With a few covers it takes about two hours.

Sweet n' Sour
Tumbleweed
Get A Life
Thought Farmer
By Design
Minimum Wage
Alcohol
Endless Blue
Sinner
Show You Tomorrow
No Martyr
On The Run
Breakdown
Moving On
Offa My Mind
Take 5
Wheeling Around
Kinda Guy
Famous
Unfinished Business
Clockwork
Destination
Gunrunner
Ghost Notes

Each show we play a few covers from artists like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Cars, The Shins, Foutains of Wayne, Jeff Buckley, Alice In Chains, etc..