Oftentimes when bands become tight on the club circuit, a great new band will come out of the budding bromances forged, a jam session or two instantly confirming an atypically tight chemistry, musically or otherwise. Then everyone goes, “Oh yeah, those three together make perfect sense.” Such is the case with Sparrow Bellows, a telepathically tight trio with talent to burn. Sammy Wulfeck’s bass melodically anchors Goose, and before that The Stapletons, where he first showed off his formidable vocal and songwriting talents. Brian Kitzmiller has the skills to be an in-demand session drummer in L.A. if he wanted, but also a great feel, serving as a reminder that great drummers require more than just great technique. You could throw Jerry Lewis (the comedian, not music icon) up there and have a good shot at being an awesome band, but Sparrow Bellows’ piece de resistance is guitar ace (and superb songwriter) Ric Hickey, whose madly proficient, craftily slanted riffing and uniquely intuitive abilities sound perfectly at home in this tight-knit, three-way setting. The songs, grooves, melodies, harmonies and vibes converge so naturally in the band’s seemingly effortless Rock & Roll swagger, they might wanna do a DNA test to see if’n they’re kin.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Cheap Trick, Stones, pre-Arena Rock Kings of Leon. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)