A live version of System Failure, from a performance last Friday discovers Some Gifts doing precisely what they do so well – uncomplicated slices of rumbustious pulsing blues derived rock and I thank them for being who they are and adding to the weave of the world of music.
The US alt-rock trio Some Gifts released the LP Win Instantly yesterday.
The second of the eleven tracks Stop Acting Crazy finds Some Gifts much slowed down from their introduction last year, although lacking none of the power, as the music slows from light-fly weight boxing pace to a heavy-weight slugging match.
That isn’t to say the music is any the less enjoyable as Some Gifts use the more generous spaces to thread Stop Acting Crazy with an immediately captivating chord progression of semi-tones which can bear as much repeat as possible to fit into the just under four and three quarter minute track. The percussion is also able to develop more expressive sympathy leaving the bass to hook the jabs to the mid-riff as the vocal retains its familiar growl giving the composition a thoroughly enjoyable rough and tumble, which demands an immediate replay, if only to extend the sublime chords of the guitar and hear them once again just to confirm you really have fallen head over heels with a sound.
Some Gifts, from Los Angeles in the USA is the alt-rock trio of Vic Lazar (Vocals / Guitar), Steve Aguilera (Drums) and Mike Jung (Bass).
A couple of years into the process Some Gifts has developed an understanding between the interplay of the elements, which when added to the experience they have as musicians in prior bands, allows them to deliver music which belies the age of the unit.
With a style of music that sits in a crowded market place it would be easy for Some Gifts to get lost in the hubbub, particularly given they are not seeking to break the mould, but there is a je ne sais quoi which captures the attention. The material is straight-up rock, which they fleck with swaggering guitar and burring bass to which the percussion bubbles around like an excited puppy exploring new territory and somewhere in that mix is a tint of psychedelia which enables the trio to give the compositions legs.
Currently putting the finishing touches to an LP, which is currently scheduled for release in November, Some Gifts are a trio who provide material which gets better the more you listen and I look forward to hearing the new album.