MARCH, 2000

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NEW ROCK GROUP RELEASES "ANTHOLOGY" TO THE WEB

By Robert Dennis

It has been a trend recently for superstar groups to release "anthology" CDs of their music containing tunes composed and recorded throughout their career (and even tunes from before their careers began).  It takes a lot of music and many years of creation to have enough tunes for an "anthology."
So how could a new rock group of three lads, 20 and 21, create an "anthology"?  It's really quite simple; the group would have to had created a lot of music over a number of years.  This is the case with the mid-Michigan rock group going by the name GIFTVS.  Their self-titled full-length CD of 14 cuts is scheduled to be released to MP3.COM by March 17th of this year and distributed to stores in Michigan shortly thereafter by Motortown Internet Records (a company formed to release their product).  The price,  $9.95 download at MP3.COM and $12.99 at the stores, is designed for maximum exposure of the group.  The photo at the right was a recent band photo and represents "their look" today.  Standing is "Jer," the lead singer/guitarist, with Josh, the drummer, sitting on the left. Kevin, providing the bass bottom for the group, is seated on the right.

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In spring of 1992 Jeremy and Josh Lafferty from Clarkston, MI formed a rock group with two close school friends.  They called themselves "The Gift."  The oldest was the age of 14.  Since that time Jeremy, the lead singer/guitarist, has been working on songs in his bedroom, in the basement, in the back yard and more recently in the recording studio. To date there are over 400 original tunes.
Jeremy will be the first to tell you that he doesn't deserve all of the credit.  Although he did the most work on the majority of the songs, his attitude is: "I can't write tunes for the group without the help of Josh and Kev.  Everybody who helps is part-writer, period.  On some of the recent songs, they actually contribute more to the song than I do."
Their professional career began with taking a $100 cash prize at a 4-H fair's battle of the bands contest about a year after forming the group
Today you can see GIFTVS performing at various clubs in Michigan including Waterford, Pontiac, Flint, Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, etc. and occasionally opening for national acts in radio station sponsored presentations.   Their music has been played on over 110 radio stations nation wide and they even have attracted an offer from a national record company.  So why aren't they national stars yet?  Besides the fact that one of the members is still too young to legally drink beer, their manager sums it up like this: "We want to do what is best for the long-term success of the group.  A steady build, maintaining creative control is paramount to us." 
The new release, GIFTVS, contains 14 cuts, arranged in the order that they were written:

TITLE

SUBJECT

AGE AT CREATION

STONED & ON MY OWN

It's about smoking pot and how it can make you want to do nothing else but smoke pot.

15

WHITE DUST GIRL

Its about a girl hopelessly addicted to some white powder

15

FUNKY FUNK SONG (II)

Fun loving & about a past association with a girl.  Rapper, Estilo, takes a verse as a special guest.

16

TRIPPING SHRUMS

About an experience. When I asked Jer if this wasn't a "pro-drug" song, his answer was: "Come on Bob - 'Look at the girl with the purple eyes...'"

16

THE FISH SONG

I don't want to give it away but it's painting a picture regarding love & sex.

17

COCAINE LIES

It's about making life choices and the potentially deadly effects of cocaine.

18

I'LL GET HIGH WITH YOU

It's really about the "high" of love.

19

TRUE RIDER

It's about wanting a girl, what else?

19

WHAT SHE SAID

About being in love with someone that didn't deserve it.

19

WANT YOU

I want you - do you want me too?  GIFTVS is joined by world famous percussionist, Murgua Booker.

20

AUTUMN

She's the best - I gotta have her!

21

BUDDY

You're my best friend.

21

CRASEY

It's hands off - but that's not how I feel.

21

COCAINE LIES (UNPLUGGED)

A cut done for the benefit of children abused by cocaine addiction.  Jeremy is solo and joined by Muruga and his wife Shakti.

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