“Nostalgia” is the first word spoken on “All Washed Up”, an apt choice considering Some Gifts’ penchant for quality nostalgic sounds cultivated from some older alt-rock inspirations, including Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Pixies, and Nirvana. These are oft-mentioned influences for many bands today, though the LA-based Some Gifts are certainly stronger at reproducing the period than most. Off their 11-song debut album Win Instantly, out in March, “All Washed Up” is a great effort that alternates between bouncy grunge-laden verses and an eruptive chorus, led by Vic Lazar’s blissfully melodic scream-singing delivery. It’s as if the verses show off the early ’90s, with the chorus a decade or so later — showing the best of both worlds in that regard.
Based on the strength of this track, I’ll certainly be anticipating Win Instantly in March.