Hearing Aide: Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds new EP ‘Fight’

Fight, the latest EP from Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds doesn’t just have American Idol’s Randy Jackson as producer, it features a matured and well-honed sound of the large funk group, headed up by the soulful Arleigh Kincheloe. The eight-piece band’s first release since early 2012 (the compelling Pound of Dirt) continues the funk parade with four powerful tracks that make the wait for the next full length album a little more satiable.

“The Long Way” is a fast and funky number, with Arleigh channeling 1970s Tina Turner in her vocals while the horns give a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy blast as a frame for the number. The soulful serenade of “Fight” makes for a poweful love song, where Arleigh combines a dose of Tina with guitarist Sasha Brown riffing “Little Wing” to compliment the pain pouring out in the lyrics. Forceful horns and bass create the dirty funk of “Boogie Man”, grittier and nothing like K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s song – this one smokes on its own. The final track, “Crawdaddies”, could be a Grace Potter song from first listen, and with a thumpin’ beat and New Orleans style funk, makes for a number destined to shine in live performance. Fight is funky and soul-filled, with no frills or excess – just pure Dirty Birds.

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds are swinging through Upstate in early December, with a stop in Albany on December 5th at The Hollow, and they ring in New Years Eve at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Don’t miss this fast-rising funk troupe from Brooklyn, there’s plenty of Fight in them.

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