Introducing: Give In

If, like us, you regularly find yourself pining after the infectiously catchy days of 2000s post-hardcore and pop-punk then Los Angeles rockers Give In will be just the ticket. The quartet combine the post-hardcore tendencies of their youth with modern rock elements, resulting in a sound they describe as being “aggressive, angsty and catchy.”

The band began when frontman Chase Eden (vocals and guitar) moved to LA and his previous band fell apart. Keen to start something new, Chase got on Craigslist and, after “a couple of awful candidates,” he was luckily messaged by Brian McShea (lead guitar) and Jordan Williamson (drums). The lineup was completed by Chase’s long-time friend and former bandmate Sam Laponis (bass), and they immediately began rehearsing and booked studio time with producer Jim Kaufman, who’s worked with the likes of Anti-Flag, Skindred and Danny Worsnop.

On the sound they’ve honed since, the band tell us: “Give In takes rock music and filters it through the post-hardcore/pop-punk lens that we grew up on. It’s loud but catchy, emotional but fun, and varied but cohesive.”

The result is a string of catchy singles over the last couple of years, of which our first taste of the band was latest track Flinch. It opens up with engaging vocals supported by palm-muted guitars, with a light drawn-out guitar notes and backing vocals slightly increasing the intensity before bursting into a big catchy chorus.

Delicious stabbing guitars segue into a heavier second verse, which bursts into another catchy chorus. That suddenly drops into a lingering bass that continues under light vocals, before rolling drums and a stabbing guitar build up to another big chorus and engaging vocals that bring the track to a close.

On the track, the band told us: “We’re extremely excited for people to hear Flinch. We’ve had the song completed for a little bit, so we’ve been running it in rehearsals and it’s such a fun one for us to play. The foundation of the song is a high energy pop-punk track that weaves layered harmonies and swirling guitars together, all topped off with wild first person narrative lyrics.” Check it out in the video here:

That track was preceded by the excellent Finsta, which opens up with a delicious stabbing riff that gives way to engaging vocals over light drums. The big riff returns as it flows into a massively catchy chorus supported by big screamed backing vocals.

The track intensifies after the second chorus, with heavier vocals dropping into the riff and flowing into the huge chorus for a final time. What a tune this is, and you can check it out in the video here:

There’s plenty more where that came from, including big catchy tunes like Second Story and Coming Home, the more laid-back Overrated, and the band’s 2019 debut EP Modern Mirror, which is well worth a listen.

The Give In sound has been influenced by and consistently references the likes of Fall Out Boy, Oasis, The Story So Far, Green Day, The 1975 and Smashing Pumpkins.

And on what inspires them to write music, they tell us: “We definitely were infected by loud, aggressive rock music when we were young and it just hasn’t worn off. Like many people, songs and bands were the only way we could experience our emotions. Now, we have to create it for us to make sense of who we are and what we are feeling. A little bit like a drug addict needing more and more to feel that same high. And just like an addict, we love it.

“Because we’re using songs and the band to navigate reality, we touch on everything that’s happening in our lives, like anxiety, partying, sex, rage, insecurity etc. As in real life, relationships tie all of these things together, so they’re a common basis for how we address the emotions.”

If you like what you hear from Give In then you’re in luck, because there’s plenty more to come in what they describe as “the onslaught.” They have two acoustic tracks to be released before the end of the year, one this month and one next month. Then they plan to release something at least every other month through 2022.

They’re also keen to get back to gigging, as they tell us: “We love playing and are always open to basically any gig. It’s been very uplifting to see concerts becoming a regular occurrence again. We’re more focused on releasing material at the moment, but rest assured, we will be back on a stage or in someone’s living room soon.”

And if that’s not enough, the band add: “At risk of sounding like a 2021 tool, we release a weekly podcast style show on our YouTube, along with regular vlog updates as well. Go check it out and subscribe/follow to stay up to date because more music and glimpses into our world are coming. Links are below.”

You can follow Give In on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud and YouTube.

Listen to Give In on our Spotify playlists GigRadar Post-Hardcore and GigRadar Rock

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