Spirit Animal

When: Wed., July 3 2013

funk, psych, pop, 9 p.m.

Since George Clinton descended from the Mothership to deliver booty-shaking, stoned-immaculate masterpieces to the masses, funk has made a cosmic home for itself in the middle ground between the goofy and the genuine, the heartfelt and the freaky deaky. This is a truth that the guys in the New York City-based band Spirit Animal understand. “The most influential funk acts were known for the way they partied, for their energy’s identity, but they all have at least one serious song that defines them to their fans just as much,” the band’s frontman Steve Cooper and guitarist Cal Stamp tell us. “Funkadelic has ‘Maggot Brain.’ James Brown has ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ — among others. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have ‘Under the Bridge.’ It’s possible to say something meaningful while having a good time, so lyrically that is paramount.” And that’s something that Cooper, Stamp, and their Spirit Animal cohorts do with ease on their 2012 EP This is a Test. From the Peppers and Bungle-style hip-hop punk-funk of “Crocodile Skins” to the true-blue R&B groove of “Love Crimes,” Spirit Animal knows how to craft a solid slab of intergalactic funk. “Our approach to everything we do is ‘action-comedy.’ We are the True Lies of rock bands,” the duo says. The band is currently working on a new EP, Kingdom Phylum, which Cooper and Stamp say “delivers on all the things you have come to expect from Spirit Animal and/or Arnold Schwarzenegger — massive explosions, funky riffs, lots of energy, and the occasional one-liner.” —Chris Haire WEDNESDAY

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