GIFTSHOP's Songs of Summer 2021: MORE THAN THAT and KEWL WITH ME
"Staying in the Big Apple, NYC punks with pop sensibilities released their latest masterpiece Stylish Junkie recently. A hypnotic driving rhythm has you mesmerised as you get drawn into Meghan’s tale and questioning of the seemingly high performing stylish junkie of the song's title."
“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” - Dave Cromwell
“GIFTSHOP - The missing link between Blondie and The Distillers.” - delarue
“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! ”
“If I play it loud enough and close my eyes, I can imagine I was at the gig. Maybe one day New York…” - Neil Hodge
“Truly cyclical, the hypnotic looping of GIFTSHOP's “We Want You” puts the listener into a delirious trance.”
“Punk/Underground Compilation: Let's Make Some Noise Together - Vol 1 NYC 2019 Standout band for me though is GIFTSHOP and the brace of tracks offered from them. Stacked opens the album with choppy guitars prefacing the opening line: “All I know is that I’m better than you…” I don’t disagree, the chips are stacked in GIFTSHOP's favour. Things I Feel is the other GIFTSHOP offering here, a frantic bass opens the 90 seconds of frenzied playing and machine gun vocals. Phew. The even better news is that they have an imminent EP due to drop.” - Neil Hodge