He's My Brother, She's My Sister

Caught a Ghost, Song Preservation Society

When
Fri Oct 25, 2013
Where
The Independent
Time
8pm
Tags
Music, Concerts, Folk

Description

Nobody Dances in This Town is a great title for the debut album from L.A.'s He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. In Southern California’s music scene, most audience members watch bands with their arms crossed—and many of them are also in bands. But the title also references HMBSMS’s secret weapon, Lauren Brown, who peppers the percussion with microphoned tapshoes and an oversized drum that she dances on during performances. “Tales That I Tell” opens sounding like glammed-up pirate-folk. Over glitter-rock guitar riffs, siblings Rachel and Rob Kolar (hence the band’s moniker) sing shanty-like pop gussied in rootsy instrumentation. The band’s description of its sound as “cabaret blues” applies to the following “Let It Live Free,” a festive romp through Tom Waits’ garden. But the group also calls some of its songs “cirque rock”; this makes sense when listening to “Clackin’ Heels,” where heavyhanded guitar riffs and big bouncy rhythms stop and take breaks for Brown’s percussive tap dancing.
"A gritty trip from the barstool to the vaudeville stage…and just about everywhere in between." - Filter

"He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister is about far more than just the music they make, which is eclectic in the truest sense with elements of psych, folk, country, western, gypsy, vaudeville and several other adjectives that probably are more likely to be used to describe fashion movements or underground burlesque shows. Above all else, and owing to their theatrical roots, they’re about putting on an entertaining show. Music is one component of this, but so are the band’s clothes, so is their movement on stage, so is their energy, so are the opening acts, so is the venue and, perhaps most importantly, so are the audience members." - Paste Magazine

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Location

  1. The Independent
    628 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA