PICS: Givers at Soda Bar

Givers -- the eclectic "island pop" band from Lafayette, Louisiana -- gave Soda Bar their all during an incredible show recently.

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The spirited group hails from Lafayette, Louisiana and got their start in 2005.
The band is currently made up of primary members vocalist/percussionist Tiffany Lamson (pictured), vocalist/guitarist Taylor Guarisco, and bassist/guitarist Josh LeBlanc. Joe Lyle (drums) and Jesse Zenon (keyboards) perform as touring members.
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Their origins date back to Hurricane Katrina, which displaced Lamson and Guarisco from their New Orleans apartment and school -- leading them to return to Lafayette with little to do.
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The band members knew one another from high school in Lafayette, where "there's two or three clubs that everybody plays at and supports each other."
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The duo began playing music together, and they recruited the other members shortly before a last-minute performance at a local pub in 2008. The band came together as the result of the unplanned, improvised jam.
The members of Givers have previously performed in zydeco, jazz and Cajun groups.
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The sound of the band has been described as a combination of world music and indie rock -- as well as being called "island pop."
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The group were influenced by Dirty Projectors, as well as the Talking Heads. They've been compared to Vampire Weekend, Neon Indian and Local Natives.
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Guarisco (pictured right) has said in an interview: "What negates a good comparison and a bad comparison is not really the artist they mention, it's in the way that their face looks when they say it."
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Following a touring stint with the Dirty Projectors and the release of their debut 2009 EP, the band recorded their debut album and signed to Glassnote Records. Their debut studio album, "In Light," was released in June 2011.
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"In Light" was recorded in January 2010 at the "magical, swampy [and] historical" Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, which had previously hosted acts such as B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Mavis Staples and Dr. John.
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The group cooped up in guest rooms along the banks of the Vermilion Bayou in Maurice, and spent 20 days recording the album. In contrast to their debut EP, which was recorded in Campbell's bedroom and sporadically recorded with a list of limitations, they viewed Dockside as a virtual utopia in contrast.
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As they were completely separated from city life -- "You can't hear cars, there's no light pollution," Guarisco has said -- they never found themselves distracted, simply waking up to record until "[we] were dead tired" in the late night.
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They performed "Up Up Up", the first single off "In Light," on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
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That song was also featured on the EA Sports video game, "FIFA 12" and in the television series "Glee," in season three.
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Givers released their follow-up studio album, "New Kingdom," in 2015.
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What a great show -- come back soon!
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