If you want a concert experience with an energetic music vibe that makes you want to sing along and dance … then Spirit Animal is your band. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the band consists of Steve Cooper (lead vocals), Cal Stamp (lead guitar), Paul Michel (bass), and Ronen Evron (drums). Their songs are filled with funky beats, engaging vocals, and delightfully different tempo and tonal changes. And fans are totally digging their unique style!
The band formed in 2010 and released their first studio album Cost of Living. They followed that up with three EP’s: This is a Test, Kingdom Phylum, and World War IV. Their most recent album – Born Yesterday - was released on August 3rd, 2018 by Atlantic Records. Singles “Black Jack White” and “Regular World” have racked up 1 million and 3 million Spotify downloads, respectively. Spirit Animal wasted no time ramping up the crowd by jumping in with “The Truth” and “Regular World” which are the perfect openers for their set.
Steve engaged the audience with his punctuated vocals and crowd interactions. His voice is very versatile as each song is quite different in style, tempo, and presentation. He can pound out lyrics in rhythmic speech and then sing a beautiful melody in the same song and it all comes together as that signature Spirit Animal sound.
“World War IV,” “JFK,” “Painkiller,” and “Karma” filled the heart of the set and it was a blast to watch Paul and Cal as they played, danced, and sang during each song. I mean these guys REALLY FEEL the music and it just oozes out of them at every angle. The band once said that there aren’t many guitar solos in their songs, but to me it doesn’t seem necessary. The rhythmic combination of their guitar and bass lines creates so many dimensions to their songs that you feel like you hear something new each time you listen.