Daily Discovery: T Bird & The Breaks, “Harmonizm”

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Hailing from Austin, TX, T Bird & The Breaks play a style of dance music with its fundamental roots in the Funk and Soul music of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. It’ll get you dancing. It’ll make you sweat. It’ll make you smile. 2015 will see T Bird & the Breaks releasing their third studio album, Harmonizm, and bringing their electrifying, tear-a-hole-in-it, funk-bomb of a live show to a stage near you.

ARTIST: T Bird and The Breaks

SONG: Harmonizm

BIRTHDATE:  7/16/82

HOMETOWN: Southampton, MA

CURRENT LOCATION:  Austin, TX

AMBITIONS:  To be able to make music and not have to worry about making money

TURN-OFFS: People who don’t listen

TURN-ONS:  Full riders

DREAM GIG: I’d like to pick the music that goes into and also score Jim Jarmusch movies

FAVORITE LYRIC:  Anything from “Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: yo Mama. I mean Yoyo Ma

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “Detachable Penis” by King Missle

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Harold Houdini, Albert Eisenstien, The RZA, The Gza, and The Ol’ Dirty Bastard

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Dr. John, alone with a piano, at the Iron Horse in Northampton Ma, a couple-hundred seat room

I WROTE THIS SONG: Harmonizm. I heard this word in a skit by the group The Alkoholics and I said to myself “Self, I think that’s what TBird and the Breaks sound like, Harmonizmmm.”  It’s kind of like harmony with a switchblade and a joint. Peace among the people’s of the world…with tits and ass. The line-by-line of the lyrics read as an homage to some of our musical influences. “Beats to the rhyme” RUN-DMC song “Nickles to the Dime” obscure Mickey Mouth song “Puttin’ first things first in the second line” respect to the New Orleans tradition of a musical parade on the way back from the funeral “Settin’ love notes down to the rhythm” Love Notes is an album by jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis. “And comin’ together in Harmonizm”. And in the breakdown I do a send-up of John Lee Hooker’s rap in “Boogie Chillun”. “I was layin in bed one night…” etc.   PEACE

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