This week’s Thursday track exclusive comes courtesy of Animal Reporters, five New York City-based purveyors of funk- and blues-infused rock
ime to get your strut on people, with this week’s Thursday track exclusive being a slice of lo-slung ’n’ sleazy funk-rock from NYC five-piece Animal Reporters. The band, who cite The Doors and The Allman Brothers among their influences, formed in June 2013 and have built themselves an impressive live reputation in the Big Apple, with gigs at such iconic venues as Bowery Electric and Webster Hall already under their belt.
Consisting of David Gelb (vox/guitar), Johnny Marx (vox/keys), Eric Sands (drums), Chris Van Deusen (guitar) and Colin Van Deusen (bass guitar), Animal Reporters have put out a handful of singles so far, and are about to release their first EP. It’s entitled Lights, Camera, Animals, and Little Mama is the second of the EP’s four tracks to see the light of day. Of the track itself, they say: “Little Mama was one of those songs that just clicked when we first played it as a band. Right off the bat it got an emphatic response, which we credit to its rocking, foot-stomping feel as well as its literal meaning of embracing freedom and celebrating it with primitive dance and reverential partying.”
We’re always up for a bit of ‘reverential partying’ here at Songwriting, and we reckon fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Little Feat, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or Black Keys will be too when they hear Little Mama. But as ever, you can make your own mind up…