Brooklyn-based psych-rock quintet Gift have announced a run of UK tour dates including a gig at Birkenhead’s Future Yard.
The tour follows the release of their debut album Momentary Presence.
The band merge elements of psych, krautrock, shoegaze and dream pop to pull through a unique blend of soundscapes.
Gift comprises TJ Freda and his bandmates Jessica Gurewitz, Kallan Campbell, Justin Hrabovsky, and Cooper Naess. The band has been regularly selling out shows in their hometown Brooklyn, with wider audiences now taking note.
Momentary Presence finds TJ Freda taking the experiences of the last few years – relocation, heartbreak and crises in the lives of those close to him – and meditating on working through the anxiety and self-doubt these things bring.
Lead single Gumball Garden opens the gate to a technicolour shoegazing fantasy island dipped in syrupy synths and topped with powdered fuzz riffs to deliver a delectable confection of neo-psychedelic euphoria fuelled by dank strains of effervescent psych-prog. On Share the Present, crisp drum machines and airy ‘80s synthesizers make space for Freda’s refrain. Lost For You is a rolling, bittersweet psych-folk breakup song driven by jangly acoustic strumming and Freda’s vivid palette of synthesizer and organ. And on the droning, slow burning Feather, Freda sings of “psychic destabilization and the quest for balance” over a measure of indie-electronic and psych guitar.
When do Gift headline at Birkenhead’s Future Yard?
Gift headline at Future Yard Birkenhead on 14 March 2023. The Birkenhead gig is one of eight UK dates they are playing:
12 March – Brighton, The Prince Albert
13 March – London, Shacklewell Arms
14 March – Birkenhead, Future Yard
15 March – Newcastle, The Cluny
16 March – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s Club
17 March – Glasgow, The Flying Duck
18 March – Nottingham, The Chameleon Arts Café
19 March – Bristol, Crofters Rights
Image of Gift courtesy Jena Cumbo