Photo by Jena Cumbo
I always associate psych rock with the west coast, or maybe some places in Europe. I'm trying to think of any other Brooklyn based psych rock bands, but nothing is coming to mind. GIFT might have that designation all to themselves. Their new single, "Gumball Garden," is classic psych rock with all the grit and hipster cool you'd associate with the city. This is definitely not hippie psychedelia. That's not to say there isn't plenty of jammy guitar work on "Gumball Garden," but it doesn't sound like drugged out noodling. This is an oddly heavy song that sounds a little like The Brian Jonestown Massacre mixed with The Strokes.
TJ Freda says of his band's new song:
“I had a dream in late 2019 where I woke up one day and there was nobody on earth. I was walking around looking for any forms of life to no avail. It was sad but also strangely peaceful. When the pandemic happened, this song took on a whole new meaning. We did wake up one day and the streets were empty. Everyone had gone away. This song is about finding peace in solitude.”
You can watch the video for "Gumball Garden" below. Momentary Presence is due out October 14 on Dedstrange. For more on GIFT, check out the band's website.