Event Time Thu 10th Oct at 8:00pm-Thu 10th Oct at 11:00pm
Event Location Hope & Ruin, Brighton and Hove
Age Restrictions
Age restrictions: 18+


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Acid Box Presents


New York rock quintet GIFT formed just before the COVID-19 pandemic and recorded their 2022 debut album Momentary Presence during its associated isolation. Thankfully, their music – a dizzying blend of early shoegaze, classic ‘90s alternative rock and even modern pop – quickly transcended that troubled time to prick up the ears of adventurous listeners both in the UK and the US.
Today, GIFT – vocalist/guitarist TJ Freda, multi-instrumentalists Jessica Gurewitz and Justin Hrabovsky, drummer Gabe Camarano and bassist Kallan Campbell – return with Wish Me Away, their first new song in the 18 months since their debut album and the first on new label Captured Tracks.

With its earworm guitar lines, propulsive rhythms, riveting vocals and mind-expanding sonics, Wish Me Away is the perfect sonic springboard from Momentary Presence to where GIFT are going next. It’s also a potent reminder that you can still preserve that twinkle in your eye even when you feel like everything’s slipping away.

Says Freda: “Wish Me Away is about giving into the feeling of everything slipping away. Just take it all away, put me out of my misery, wish me away. While this all seems daunting and sad, there’s a feeling of optimism in this song, holding on for dear life and refusing to give up hope.”

After almost losing a loved one, Freda found himself grappling with the fleeting nature of life. Wish Me Away ruminates on the the fear and freedom that can come from knowing it can all slip away. “The line 'wish me away’ kept coming up, as in, take me, not them”, he further notes.

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Hope & Ruin
11-12 Queens Rd, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 3WA, UK