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    Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:46:54

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Spirit Animal's Steve Cooper - Swagger, swagger, swagger

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    New, NYC-based, psych rock band Spirit Animal are releasing their EP This is a Test next month, with a full length on tap for next year. Frontman Steve Cooper has been generating buzz due to his swagger. Swagger, we said? Yes, swagger. If anyone can handle swagger, it's Amy Sciarretto in the space of a Take Aim column.

    Put 'em up, Stevie!

    If you weren't doing music, you'd be...

    Sitting at a poker table in Atlantic City, a never-ending backyard bbq, or in front of a computer screen discovering bands. Wait, we already do those things.

    Any non-musical skills/hobbies or talents?

    We're all pretty well-versed in the food and drink thing. We've done "kitchen invasion" dinners at restaurants and peoples' homes in L.A. and D.C. and even one wedding brunch in Texas for two fans who got married to each other. That was probably the most awesome-slash-ultimate honor in terms of combining food and music. Paul has a sandwich named after him at a coffee shop in DC, too. The whole food thing has some of the same characteristics of a rock concert in that it brings people together and is always a kind of celebration (…that is nowadays heavily critiqued!).

    Pick one song from your EP and give us an "inside" story about writing or recording. Something we'd only know because you told us.

    Our guitarist, Cal, had been batting around the guitar riff for "Lead!" since 2006. We were the fourth band to take a stab at it, but the first to turn it into a spoken-word diatribe on the decline of magazines, leadership and lead pencils.

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    SpAn slings Prince-meets-RHCP party rock with an eye toward dragging Rock&Roll out of its funk and back onto the dance floor.

    We know what the "rock" is, but what about the "roll?" Can you further define it?

    The way we look at the "roll" is as the party aspect. When you say you're a rock band, people don't necessarily assume that you're a death metal band with horror masks on, but it can conjure up images of something somewhat aggressive or at least entirely about dudes with huge guitars. We love the heavy aspect of rock, we thrive off of it, but we also love to have people dance and we find a universality in being able to make upbeat music you can party to using the rock instruments. Dance music doesn't have to be electronic or synthetic, and rock 'n roll doesn't have to mean not taking showers (though showers are very, VERY optional in this band). Rock n' roll was initially associated with guys like Chuck Berry, so I guess we're trying to bring a little bit of that back, not necessarily in the music but in regards to what's happening when our music's on.

    Do you want to check out more of Spirit Animal?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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