T Bird and the Breaks are a big, funky, band.
Female singers that swing-it-while-they-sing-it? Check.
Fire-in-the-hole rhythm-section of drums, bass, guitar, and keys? Check.
Gravel-voiced front-man who always leaves it on stage? Check.
Hailing from Austin, TX, T Bird And The Breaks play a style of dance music that has it's most basic and obvious roots in the Funk and Soul music of the late 1960's and early 1970's. It'll get you dancing. It'll make you sweat. It'll make you smile.
But...it can't be classified as strictly throw-back, retro, Funk/Soul. The original songs belie lyrical influences such as Beck. Or Bob Dylan. And the contemporary swagger of The Breaks' live show especially pays homage to the creativity and positivity of early and golden-age Hip-Hop. The band's kitchen-sink-style of music is evident on their cover of Shirley Ellis' 1965 R&B hit The Clapping Song in which they include verses from Tom Waits' Clap Hands.
It's a melting-pot of funk but one that people of all ages, and across musical genres, can dig. In the last few years they've been invited to play shows with artists as eclectic as The Flaming Lips, The Funky Meters, Sting, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Galactic.
2014 will see T Bird and the Breaks releasing their third studio album, What It Is (Harmonism), and bringing their electric, tear-a-hole-in-it, funk-bomb of a live show to a stage near you.
T Bird and the Breaks:
Tim Crane (aka, T Bird): Lead vocals, keys, harmonica
Carly Walker: Backing vocals, percussion
Tricky Jones: Backing vocals, percussion
Andy McCormick: Tenor Saxophone, keys
Matt Price: Trombone, keys
Cody Furr: Bass
Sam Patlove: Guitar, percussion
Oscar Mead: Drums
Kate Priestly: Backing vocals, percussion
Nick Stephans: Tenor saxophone, keys, flute
"Waxin b/w No Diggity", single, (July, 2013)
"Big E.Z.", single (Feb 2013)
"Somebody Had a Drinking Problem Last Night", single (Nov 2012)
"Dancehall Freakin", EP, (Mar 2012)
"Never Get Out of this Funk ALive" Full length (June 2011)
"Spread the Love", single, (Oct 2010)
"Monkey in the Trees", single, (Mar 2010)
"The Piano Joint", single, 7" vinyl, (Jan 2010)
"Rock That Skull", single, 7" vinyl (Dec 2009)
"Monkey Wrench", Single, 7" Vinyl, (Nov 2009)
"Learn About It", Full Length, (January 2009)
"Learn About It", Full Length, Vinyl, (October 2009)
"T-Bird & The Breaks", EP, (2008)
T-Bird & The Breaks will typically play 1 - 2 sets of original music, sprinkled with chunk and jank.