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 & The Breaks play a style of dance music with its fundamental 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... T Bird & The Breaks cannot be narrowly classified as simply throw-back, retro, funk & soul. The original songs draw lyrical influences from greats like Dylan, Beck and Cohen, while the contemporary swagger of The Breaks' live show 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 influences from across musical genres, that baby boomers, gen X-ers and millennials can all dig and get down to together. 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.
2015 will see T Bird and the Breaks releasing their third studio album, Harmonizm, and bringing their electric, tear-a-hole-in-it, funk-bomb of a live show to a stage near you.