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At Last, Gift's Big-Label Debut

March 30, 2001The State

It's been in the works for over a year, but on April 24, the long-awaited new album from Isabelle's Gift will finally be released. "Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms" will be the Columbia-based hard rock band's debut for the Jimmy Franks Recording/23-Studios label. The label was formed by Bloodhound Gang front man Jimmy Pop and the Gang's band manager Ifan Thomas. The Gift's debut will be the label's first release.

Isabelle's Gift and the Bloodhound Gang first met in 1996 when the Columbia band toured on Bloodhound Gang's "Hooray for Boobies" tour. Jimmy Pop was impressed with the Gift's cool songs and stage energy, and he became determined to expose the band to America. "By working with a band like Isabelle's Gift, I am doing my part to fight against the evil in this world. Like Creed," Pop said. The Gift's no-nonsense blend of Skynyrd and Sabbath rock sounds caught the ear of Thomas in a big way, too. "The Gift picked me up by the scruff of the neck and tossed me against the wall like a Chihuahua accidentally drawn against a pitfull," Thomas said. "They represent all that I love about good ol' Southern rock." Look for the Gift's new album in stores next month, and listen for the first single, "Tequila Smile," on the radio. If you don't hear it, call the radio station and request it. For more info, go to www.isabellesgift.com.