The husband and wife duo KOLARS have an interesting setup similar to that of The White Stripes, but with a little more flair. Rob Kolar rocks an inspired electric guitar that is a blend of blues and rockabilly and his wife, Lauren Brown, literally dances out the rhythms on her drum kit. The minimalist setup of only an electric guitar, some production and small drum kit makes the KOLARS every note and every movement have meaning. Thoughts occasionally float around that scream, “How do they get so much texture with so few instruments?” The answer is: a ridiculous amount of talent and brilliant songwriting capabilities.
There are moments throughout KOLARS that have a Johnny Cash and, at times, an Elvis tinge. A specific example is the track, “Bullet On The Run”. It is a wonderful country, folk, blues song that emphasis Kolar’s folksy, gravelly vocals with trumped up production that brings it into the 21st century.
Then they can change it up with something like, “Turn Out The Lights”, which is a serious and haunted version of early 2000s Fastball with vocal distortion that adds a David Bowie attitude. It shows their ability to be flexible in an era when bands are blurring and bending genre lines with no regard for music librarians. Like a lot of bands these days, pinning one genre on a band like KOLARS is nearly impossible.
This up and coming Los Angeles-based duo is worth watching and their chemistry on every track of the album is sublimely in-sync. The more you listen to the album, the better it becomes. It is addictive. So for something that is not mainstream, the KOLARS are blazing their own trail with their self-described sound as “desert disco”, “space blues” and “glam-a-billy”.
If that sounds like fun, which it is, pick up KOLARS by KOLARS which will be available on April 7, 2017. In the mean time, check out their Spotify playlist and check out “Dizzy” below!
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