GIFTSHOP formed in 2007 at a soon-to-be-condemned New York City basement recording studio. Featuring members of The Hi-Scores and the lead singer of Bee Eater, they quickly discovered their unique 21 Century Punk/Alternative Rock/Pop musical style. They recorded the five-song 800 Million EP but did not play their first live show until six months later. After playing with a number of guest artist drummers over the years, Meghan Taylor (Vocals), Matt Santoro (Guitar), and Damian Eckstein (Bass) finalized the line up with Jordan Kramer (Drums). The band's high energy and dynamic live shows earned the group a dedicated following in a particular neighborhood that propelled them to record BigInAstoria, which is a hashtag and 2019 EP. The pandemic did not slow the group down. GIFTSHOP recorded a single and shot the video for Stylish Junkie (2020) while the world was on lock-down. The press raves: "The Missing link between Blondie and The Distillers"-New York Music Daily, "Brilliant"-Exposed Vocals, "Glory Days of CBGB's punk rock mixed with some pop punk elements"- Madness to Creation Music Blog. "Searing tracks" -Dave Cromwell Writes Music Blog. GIFTSHOP released two new singles for summer 2021 and returned to indoor gigging with their September 18th show at The Delancey, NYC. The band participated in the April 2022 Otto's Benefit for Ukraine partnering with Razom to provide essential support and stabilization. In May 2022, GIFTSHOP's Things I Feel was featured on the season finale of ABC 's hit series The Rookie. GIFTSHOP opened for thrash metal kings Final Siege at famed Brooklyn Metal Bar, Lucky 13 Saloon in August and performed at the 2nd installment of Otto's Benefit for Ukraine in September. October will bring a reunion for GIFTSHOP with Castle Black at Parkside Lounge, NYC. A new EP slated for early 2023 is cooking in the recording studio right now!
Thanks for playing GIFTSHOP tunes on the radio: The Rodent Hour at Radio Free Brooklyn, Charlie Mason Radio for Moment of Eclection, LuckyStarRadio.com, The Underground Garage with Rodney Bingenheimer on SiriusXM, Jeff of the Future at WITR-FM 89.7 Rochester, Little Water Radio, KOR Radio, Radio Buzz 101, Whatever68Radio, Rock Bottom Radio (Australia), Rock the ROC at WRFZ 106.3 FM Rochester Free Radio, The Mike Rogers Show (Tokyo), Sick Podcasting Collective at Hanks Alternative Radio, Testifying Time Punk Rock Radio on VillageFM (Scotland), Ouest Track Radio (Le Havre, France), Musolist Radio, Queens of Noize (Australia), Real Punk Radio (NYC), Belter-Radio, (UK), Cobwebs and Strange Radio show at Artefaktor Radio.
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Ace of Clubs, NYC | Arlene’s Grocery, NYC | The Arlo NOMAD, NYC | Athens Square Park, Queens | Athens Triangle: Astoria Music & Arts Block Party, Queens | Astoria Park, Queens | Bar East, NYC | Bar Matchless, BKLYN | The Bitter End, NYC | Blaggards, NYC | Bowery Electric, NYC | Buckley's, Valley Stream, NY | Cakeshop, NYC | Century Bar, Philadelphia | Coney Island Baby, NYC | Connolly’s Klub 45, NYC | Crash Mansion, NYC | Culture Lab Sessions and Culture Lab LIC, Long Island City, NY | The Delancey, NYC | Desmond's Tavern, NYC | Dominie’s, Queens | Don Hill’s, NYC | The Dragonfly Tavern, Rochester | Fontana’s, NYC | The Grand Victory, BKLYN | Gussy’s, Queens | HIFI Bar, NYC | Hogan’s Hideaway for Park AVE Summer Arts Festival, Rochester | Irish Whiskey Bar, Queens | John Street Grill, NYC | Leftfield, NYC | LIC Bar, Queens | LIC Beer Project, Queens | The LetLove Inn, Queens | Lovecraft, NYC | The Lovin’ Cup, Rochester | Lucky 13 Saloon, BKLYN | The Lucky Cat, BKLYN | Maestro's, Bronx | Make Music New York Summer Festival | Muchmore’s, BKLYN | National Underground, NYC | North Fourth, BKLYN | Olde Prague Tavern, Queens | Otto’s Shrunken Head, NYC | Parkside Lounge, NYC | Pianos, NYC | Public Assembly, BKLYN | R-Bar, NYC | Rehab, NYC | Rodent Hour Radio, BKLYN | Shillelagh Tavern, Queens | Skylark Lounge, Rochester | SOFAR SOUNDS Chinatown Headquarters, NYC | Stathakion Center, Queens | Sullivan Hall, NYC | Tobacco Road, NYC | Tompkins Square Park, NYC |The Trash Bar, BKLYN | Underscore, NYC | The Well, BKLYN