Recent Glassnote signees and Dirty Projectors tourmates Givers made their television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday, and they picked the perfect song to play. Granted, “Up Up Up” is their single, but it’s such a bright combination of multilayered rhythm and Afro-pop-tinged indie-rock guitar that it suited the band’s own excited energy at appearing on Fallon. Guitarist and co-lead singer Taylor Guarisco couldn’t stand still for a second, bouncing and chicken-walking all over the small amount of stage space he had available to him. The smiles on the rest of the band’s faces spoke almost as loudly as his dancing.
The band’s Southern jam-pop is in the vein of Annuals‘s “Brother,” the over-hype of which may have caused more harm than help to that North Carolina sextet. But the Louisiana-based Givers have Daniel Glass on their side, so we’re not too worried about their future—and we expect to hear another single from their debut In Light (released last week) soon. Our only complaint about the performance is that we would’ve liked to have seen more of what equipment the keyboardist was working with.
Elsewhere on late night…
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Ziggy Marley, “Forward to Love”
The Late Show with David Letterman: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, “Livin’ in the Jungle”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Sara Bareilles, “Uncharted” (rerun from June 7)
Lopez Tonight: Marc Broussard, “Get Lucky”
Last Call with Carson Daly: Screaming Females, “A New Kid” (rerun from April 28)
[H/T to The Audio Perv]