New York City's Lower East Side of Manhattan and the borough of Queens share a unique historical place in the annals of punk rock's evolution ever since The Ramones burst on the scene in the mid 1970's. That same gritty, blue collar toughness can be found in today's like-minded and similarly situated rockers GIFTSHOP. Their latest EP “Big In Astoria” (set for a February 16th digital release) delivers five searing tracks of updated power-punk with pop styling that would make Joey, Johnny, DeeDee and Tommy proud. DaveCromwellWrites - January 16, 2019
If you miss the glory days of CBGB punk rock mixed with some pop punk elements, then GIFTSHOP will definitely fill that void with “Biginastoria”. Madness To Creation gives this a 9 out of 10 stars, only because we wish it were longer!
Madness to Creation - March 3, 2019
... as track three of the EP, Stacked, says, the “chips are stacked” in favour of GIFTSHOP. The five tracks on show on this EP are an eclectic bunch showing off GIFTSHOP’s multitudinous talents. Neil Hodge, The Ginger Quiff - February 22, 2019
Truly cyclical, the hypnotic looping of Giftshop’s “We Want You” puts the listener into a delirious trance. Exposed Vocals - February 11, 2019