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He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Nobody Dances In This Town
(Park the Van Records)

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/3/2013 - Out in the big cities, lots of half-cocked stoner-psyche bands are trying the Big Brother & The Holding Company sound on for size. Most of them miss the point, owing to too much DIY and unnecessary quirk, and now you know why you’ve never heard of them.  Rachel and Robert Kolar really are brother and sister, and Rachel — when she’s not designing weird outfits for people like Lady Gaga — is a dead ringer for Janis Joplin’s less ambitious side; laid-back, croaky and sounding like she spent the night screaming at the walls. They haven’t reinvented any wheels here, but these ‘60s-blues songs are honest, immensely catchy, in-your-face things, half-plugged guitar kept in line by real, non-sampled tambourine. Only real problem I have with it is when Robert sings: “Let It Live Free” sounds like a throwaway Stray Cats B-side. They’ll learn soon enough, though, that they’ve got a nice organic antidote to Asteroid Galaxy Tour to offer if Robert knows enough to stay in the background. Regardless, these songs are sure to be all over the media-scape soon enough. A  — Eric W. Saeger






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