“I am the way, I am the first, I am the end,” is the guttural refrain from the pivotal track Victim off of Givensix’s 2011 full length album Harvest. It’s a lyric that begs questions, demands attention, binds your feet and hands, and forces you to sing along. Blending time tested rock and roll songwriting techniques with progressive tones and hints of death core, Givensix isn’t your average metal band. Hailing from Flint, MI, they’ve forged their own sound, both dark and angry, yet somehow familiar, darkly comic and jaunty enough to make you wanna dance around or punch someone in the throat.
Harvest, was recorded with Tim Patalan (The Loft Studios, Sponge, Taproot), Ryan Darnell of 3Thirteen Entertainment, and Matt Dalton (37 Studios, In Fear and Faith, Maybe Whitney). The album is a tense and eerie journey of pain blended with tongue in cheek irony and misogyny. What it’s not, however, is anything you’ve been hearing on Top 40 rock radio for the last fifteen years. Gathering accolades from fans and industry folks alike, Harvest has created a solid buzz.
“Harvest’ is easily one of my favorite albums of the year, and one of the most surprising as well. You don’t expect an album from a, for lack of a better term, local band to be this well produced... Givensix brings a much needed breath of fresh air to the rock scene with ‘Harvest,’ we need as many non-cookie cutter bands with great singers as possible. “Tree – Banana 101.5
Garnering fans from all genres of music has helped inject the band into venues across the Midwest and an East Coast tour with Hurt and Smile Empty Soul. Simply put, they are not Nickleback or some bullshit emo/screamo semi-Christian-for-the-record-deal band, rather they are the perfect product of a barren city, a dying time, and a lost in the middle of nowhere culture.