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Introducing… Kolars


Who’s this, then?

Los Angeles-based husband and wife Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown.

What’s their story?

Previously, they played together in experimental folk-rock band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, then ditched the ‘folk rock’ and kept some of the ‘experimental’ for Kolars. Specifically, in that not many bands boast a drummer who tap dances on top of a customised bass drum while also holding down the beat on their stand-up kit, as Lauren does. Rob is the singer with the alluringly throaty croon, who also plays guitar and keys, writes their songs and produces. They released their debut, self-titled album in 2017 and a seven-inch single, Turn It Up, in February this year.

What do they sound like?

According to the couple: desert disco, R&Beyond and glam-a-billy. Translation: a stylishly upbeat and bluesy, 1950s-toned take on The Strokes’ pop, with plenty of twangin’ geetar and a dash of The Dead Weather’s swagger.

Point me to their best tracks…

Turn It Up, a punchy ‘rock and roll love song to music and how it can get you through tough times’ and (from their LP) the clattering Dangerous, which suggests an update on The Spencer Davis Group’s Keep On Running.

Kolars play Servant Jazz Quarters on Thursday, and touring,