Gifts or Creatures is the musical pursuit of husband-wife Brandon and Bethany Foote. The couple fuses a blend of midwestern folklore, old world history and cinematic soundscapes to create a trove of antique Americana.
The Lansing based act assembled a team of Michigan's finest musicians for their sophomore release, Yesteryear Western Darkness(released September 3, 2013). The ensemble focused recording is brimming with electric guitars, Wurlitzer piano, pump organ, pedal steel and vibraphone. Throughout the record, Brandon's songs survey a wide gamut of historical topics and the ever-changing scenery of 21st century America.
Since the release of their 2010 freshman outing, Pilot House, Gifts or Creatures has performed consistently throughout the Midwest supporting a wide range of acts including Breathe Owl Breathe, Blitzen Trapper, and Frontier Ruckus. Brandon & Bethany are also active members of Michigan's Earthwork Music Collective, advocating for original music and environmental awareness throughout the Great Lakes region.
"Gifts or Creatures' new album Yesteryear Western Darkness is a gorgeous and unique work filled with rich, lush tones and poetic, historically-charged lyrics for the times. The songs are brilliantly crafted. Art and heart at work."
-Seth Bernard, Earthwork Music
"It’s not a bad comparison to say that 'Yesteryear Western Darkness' sounds like a Wilco-ized version of The Civil Wars, although that’s selling their talents short in the service of quick reference...Gifts or Creatures aren't into riffs or attitude-filled ragers, but they sure know how to write a song that cuts to the bone."
"Gifts or Creatures have created an intriguing new sound from the most unlikely combination of instruments - the end result is a thoroughly engaging mix that in uniquely Americana."
-Doug Neal, WDBM Impact 89FM
"The lyrics, on the other hand, are reaching, ambitious and, occasionally, timeless. In his songwriting, Brandon often reckons with fables and historical accounts. Gifts or Creatures’ lyrical characters are aptly developed and inspire repeated listening."
-Andrew Knot, The Rapidian