Based in Ann Arbor, MI, Chirp is a four-piece band that does their fair share of genre-hopping. Often playing in the styles of progressive rock/funk and jazz-fusion, their sound maintains a melodic center. The group features a wide array of originals and covers in their live sets and puts together dynamic, high-energy shows. Though their music ties in many technical elements, an equal emphasis is put on grooving and keeping people moving.
Chirp has been hard at work since their formation in 2015, playing over 200 shows in 3 years. Their fresh sound has taken them touring across the Midwest to play a large variety of venues and festivals. Chirp released their self-titled debut studio album in March 2019, as well as three live-recorded EPs: “Live from Brownstown” (in-studio, 2016), “Live at Willis Sound” (in-studio, 2017), and “Live at Ann Arbor Summer Festival” (2018). All of which have been met with great reception and have helped along with live performances to build an extremely enthusiastic fan base. Chirp is Jay Frydenlund, Brian Long, Ken Ball, and John Gorine.
Accomplishments: WUMD Radio Battle of The Bands Winner (2018). Performed with Andre Foxxe of Parliament-Funkadelic (2018). Performed at Michigan Peace Festival (2018 headline), Sacred Vibes Music Festival (2017, 18), Buttermilk Jamboree (2018), Ann Arbor Summer Festival (2018), Sweetgrass & Sage Burn Music Festival (2017, 18 headliner), Broken Branch Breakdown (2018 headliner). They have shared the stage with Papadosio, Spafford, Moon Hooch, Mustard Plug, Joshua Davis, May Erlewine, Broccoli Samurai, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Mister F, Earphorik, Ott, The Macpodz, Marbin, Groovement, Dixon’s Violin, Of The Trees, EGi, The Jauntee, Desmond Jones and more.
A chat with Chirp!
How and when did your band start?
Fall 2015. We knew each other from previous projects/school and had too much musical chemistry and overlap to not get something going.
What are the band’s biggest musical influences?
The Beatles, Yes, Snarky Puppy, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Earth Wind & Fire, John Scofield to name a few.
How has your music changed over the years?
We have grown tighter/funkier.
How have you grown as a band and how has your following grown?
We have gotten the opportunity to play hundreds of gigs over the last few years, which has both improved our stage presence and confidence and boosted our following around the Midwest!
Do you have an upcoming projects or plans?
We just put an album out in March and we also have an exciting summer tour announced. Both can be found at Chirpband.com
Give us some fun facts:
We are always on the hunt for the best fried chicken sandwich around.
Ken’s guitar doubles as a synthesizer.