Defining a “D.C. sound” is something of a folly these days, Moombahton notwithstanding. Still, you’d think a band like Give, with its not-exactly-hardcore but not-exactly-not-hardcore aesthetic, would have no trouble finding a sizable audience in this historically not-exactly-hardcore town—but not so. It might be self-fulfilling, as the group mostly books non-club shows and has quite the un-Google-able Internet presence. The band’s handful of singles are solid, but live, Give is nothing short of furious. At a memorable performance at Fort Reno last summer—in which friends stood behind the group waving oversized letters that spelled out the band’s name—these longhairs proved they also have a sense of humor. Give sets have become a fixture in certain DIY circles in D.C.; here’s hoping those circles expand soon.
I submit that with this newest Give song, the band’s recorded output can now be filed under “more than solid.” “I Am Love”—-which, I assume, has nothing to do with the single by The Jackson 5 or the film starring Tilda Swinton—-is pretty ecstatic, and not just because of the “woooooo” shouts that precede its first verse. The tempo is well short of machine-gun speed; the lyrics are either hippy-dippy or glam-rock-sex-god (“I wanna kiss/I wanna feel the lips/of every woman and man”); the chorus is huge. Call it flowercore, maybe? Listen: