Spirit Animal

Holy Carp / Production Simple Presents

Spirit Animal

1200, Stereo Empire

Sat, June 13, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Louisville, KY


This event is 21 and over

Spirit Animal
Spirit Animal
It might sound strange, but it takes some serious soul to discover rock music's spirit and an absolute animal to find its superhuman funk. Luckily, the modern listener has Spirit Animal.

The NYC-based band's 2013 single, "The Black Jack White," earned MTV Buzzworthy status when the site called the dance-funk anthem, "an animal all its own." The accompanying video -- flashy and ballsy in black and white -- went into rotation on mtvU ahead of the band's second EP, Kingdom Phylum, which premiered on USA Today. As with 2012's This Is a Test, the band brought together decades of disparate elements to craft party-ready rock. "These boys are the future," proclaimed ARTISTdirect, "it's the kind of fiery and ferocious music that the world rarely gets anymore."

Spirit Animal frontman Steve Cooper is a D.C. area-born talent, uncoiling a multitude of skills that go beyond the realm of melodies, production and body sweat into the worlds of cheffing and web content craftsmanship. Cooper, whom KCRW calls "unbelievable," met Spirit Animal bassist Paul Michel in the nation's Capitol in 2002 where the Libyan-born army brat spent much of his youth. Michel has toured with multiple bands including Georgie James (Saddle Creek Records) and it's his bottom -- he's the best dancer in the band-- that propels Spirit Animal into otherworldly realms of low end theory. Upon that astral plane, guitarist Cal Stamp provides sterling pop sensibility and face-melting solos that recall an era when guitar gods were the real pop stars. Battening down the hatches is drummer Ronen Evron, an Israeli transplant by way of the technically unrivaled Berklee College of Music in Boston. The fearsome foursome adds up to an organism with one mission, and one mission only.

"Rock n' roll embodies the whole of modern music's spirit, but you can't have one without the other," Cooper says. "The roll is the part people sometimes forget, and that's sad since that's the party part."

The list of influences that Spirit Animal rolls with is expansive, as pieces of familiarity peak out behind a smorgasbord of original ideas. Their new school nonchalance is balanced by a fervent bombasticism reminiscent of early 90s era Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the stomp-along breakdowns and sing-along hooks of This Is a Test only grow stronger on Kingdom Phylum. "Best One" is perhaps the band's deepest dive into pop to date, with Cooper's James Brownian screeches bounding atop the band's signature pocket grooves once the intro riffage gives way. Riffs abound throughout the EP, no doubt, with "Radio Brain" switching from head bang to head bob at the drop of a hat before the EP's sleeper, "Come to Christmas," takes the listener home with its lighters-in-the-air-at-Red-Rocks bridge.

Live, the band is at once manic and precise with a non-stop show full of calisthenics, call-and-response and commitment. Their passion for performance is apparent in every move they make, a concept as reminiscent of another time as their mean blues licks. This is why they've been called an "unmissable live act," poised to not only stand the test of time, but to help the masses re-live it.
ABOUT 1200

1200 is a classically trained musician and experimental hip hop artist from Louisville, KY. Prior to obtaining his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Louisville, he had the chance to perform at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX and the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland. Though 1200's music can be considered hip hop, it is also heavily influenced by neo-classicism and fusion. 1200's unique blend of talent, experience, and poly-stylism also appears in local musical ensembles that include the hip hop band Citizens United and fusion group Monolith. His most recent creative endeavor is the 1200 tour, a mixed ensemble that features DJ Deuce, keyboardist and guitarist Nick B, soprano vocalist Jazmyn Aria, and baritone vocalist Tyler Dippold. In addition, the group's structure is also fluid for live shows. In their performance at Headliners Music Hall in 1200's hometown, the typical five-piece ensemble was joined onstage by a twelve-piece chamber chorus and string quintet.

1200 is also the co-founder of a creative collective known as the United Legion of DOOM, which features musicians, artists, designers, producers, and creative intellectuals from around the globe. 1200 has co-executive-produced albums such as Nick B's Transcendence and Hwang's It Was Only Yesterday. By day, 1200 is a music educator who specializes in percussion pedagogy. His most recent educational endeavor has been with AMPED (Academy of Music Production Education and Development), where he serves as the current Program Director. In September of 2014, 1200 partnered with Teddy Abrams, Director of Music of the Louisville Orchestra. The pair designed and engineered Music Makes A City 2014, an event that showcased six performance acts of various genres. 1200 is currently finishing his master degree in teaching at the University of Louisville.

1200 additionally executive-produced and released his debut album, SYMPHONY I, at the end of August 2014. SYMPHONY I is an exploration of life, narrated in an anachronic fashion. The music features a variety of samples and influences from genres, including 1990s soul and contemporary classical works. The graphic series by Grand Kaiser was designed to accompany each movement of the record and enhance the listener's experience. Features include Nick B, G. Stone, Jordan Jetson, Jazmyn Aria, and more. Each song on the album represents symphonic movements, and grand scale themes:

Movement I, Allegro: A.D.D. - sin

Movement II, Adagio: Cousin of Death - sleep

Movement III, Andante: Summer Love - death

Movement IV, Andante Moderato: RAMBO - violence

Movement V, Andantino: OZ - individuality

Movement VI, Moderato: KY BS - knowledge

Movement VII, Allegretto: 1992 - birth

Hidden Movement VIII, Vivace: King Arthur - power
Venue Information:
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217