The modern hardcore scene is fast approaching overcrowding, not unlike any other genre of music or metal for that matter. However, this is not news to anyone that’s been paying attention and especially those that had eyes on all the best of lists from last year and just how many modern hardcore albums made it. Giver is one such band that will see action in lists this year, count on it. Their recently released sophomore effort, Sculpture Of Violence, sees the band not only busting eardrums but playing around with subtle melodies and raucous punk at times but it’s the impact of well placed doom and blackgaze that steals the show and offers despair and darkness that even the best of soaps won’t wash off. In an ever growing scene Giver truly stand out as a highlight and a band not to miss. We recently caught up with them armed with our set of Profile questions so jump in to find out how it went down and don’t forget to show them some support.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Some of us had already met at shows in our hometown when we were around 13 or 14 years old and we all started making music in different bands and projects around that time. We’re all from pretty small towns and villages with not much to do, so playing music seemed like a good idea. We started Giver in our early twenties and don’t see success as a certain level to be reached. We’re all in a process of constant reflection and development that is never ending. As human beings, as musicians, as a cultural-political entity and as friends. Some things we would have never thought we might be able to do as a band have already happened, and who knows what’s around the corner with the next record being out?
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Even though we are putting loads of energy, free time and passion into this project, we wouldn’t want to do things we don’t feel comfortable with in order to get somewhere. I feel like no band ever should have to do that. If being yourself and creating what you love to create doesn’t get you where you think you should be, then the place where you are is perfectly fine.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I think it is a great development that we get to see more and more women on stage in metal, hardcore and all harder genres. Our scene is still very male dominated and our band is just another example for that, too. This is still an ongoing process that needs time and each of us think about ways to pave its way to go on. We’d like our scene to be a space where every person no matter the gender, nationality, ethnicity or sexual orientation is welcome and can jump on stage and jam his or her songs. One of the worst developments in recent history is probably the ongoing progression of market economics into every little detail of playing music, fueling competitiveness in the scene. With huge major labels, booking agencies and streaming platforms who make our music all the more quantifiable taking over, it gets harder to not define your band’s meaning and worth by numbers.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We’re all pretty actively political individuals in different contexts and this band has always been a platform for us to engage with personal, social and political issues – whether it is writing a lyric or discussing our opinions in the van. We consider ourselves a political band and feel that with the far right growing stronger, nationalist tendencies gaining supporters, the climate catastrophe approaching and corporations growing bigger every day, the time to remain silent is simply over. We’ve got songs about exactly these topics on our newest record and are always trying to say a few words on stage in order to maybe spark discussions that go on after the show. We’re always happy to have a chat at the merch table or the bar later too. I think there is not one issue that is the most important one but would encourage everyone to join or start a group on a topic that you find meaningful and interesting and be political together with other interesting people.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I think we all started listening to harder music early on in our teens. Some of us came to hardcore via punk rock bands, metalcore, other metal genres and probably Slipknot. Our families are still taking it very differently haha. Some of our parents even come out to shows when we play in our hometown area, others still can’t and don’t want to understand why we are shouting on stage haha.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Listen to the small bands, read the lyrics and try to ask the uncomfortable questions, too.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Why would we want to invade a continent? I think our ancestors have already invaded more than enough continents historically speaking, and we’re all still benefitting off that way more than we should. We just want to continue this exciting ride that this band is for us and keep on learning, improving and evolving in whatever way. We wouldn’t have thought that we’d ever release one album and here’s our second one, out on such an incredible label.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
It is always hard to come up with bands and records all five of us enjoy. But I’ll try to name some I am pretty sure no one would skip when they are being played in the van:
Oathbreaker – Rheia
Idles – Joy As An Act of Resistance
Verse – Aggression
Wayste – The Flesh And Blood
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
Birds In Row – We Already Lost The World
Nirvana – Nevermind
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We’re playing a tour with Employed To Serve that we are really looking forward to and will announce a bigger festival in the UK soon, that is real bucket list stuff for us!
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Giver for their time!