He's My Brother She's My Sister - Nobody Dances in This Town [FLAC]

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Release: Nobody Dances In This Town
Discogs: 4125252
Released: 2012-10-09
Label: Park the Van Records
Format: WEB
Country: US
Style: Rock, Folk, World, & Country, 


01. Tales That I Tell
02. Let It Live Free
03. Let's Go
04. The Same Old Ground
05. Slow It Down
06. Wake Your Heart
07. Clackin' Heels
08. Touch The Lightning
09. Choir Of The Dead
10. Can't See The Stars

Credits: Show

The history of rock ΓÇÿnΓÇÖ roll isnΓÇÖt exactly littered with brother and sister combos, but thereΓÇÖs been a few worthy of note. First of all, there was the magic of Karen and Richard Carpenter during the bulk of the ΓÇÿ70s and early ΓÇÿ80s. Then thereΓÇÖs Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces. And there was Meg and Jack White of the White Stripes. Uh, wait a minute. Maybe not that last one, but thereΓÇÖs been a few sibling duos of note in pop music. Well, you can now add to that list brother and sister combo Robert and Rachel Kolar of the Los Angeles-based and not terribly imaginatively named HeΓÇÖs My Brother SheΓÇÖs My Sister, which is actually a five-piece outfit. And what can you say about them? Um, theyΓÇÖre kind of cute. On the cover of their debut album, Nobody Dances in This Town, the members of the band can be seen brushing their teeth. ThatΓÇÖs cute, you know, in that theyΓÇÖre so interested in maintaining their dental hygiene. And the inside of the CD digipack features childish drawings of human creatures (the band members?) crossed with the wings of bats and tails of slithery creatures, which is kind of cute in a twee sort of way. However, the music of HeΓÇÖs My Brother SheΓÇÖs My Sister is anything but twee. ItΓÇÖs actually quite ramshackle: a hybrid of ΓÇÿ60s garage rock, blues, folk and a little bit of vaudeville. You know that this is a band thatΓÇÖs reaching for some level of artistic merit when you learn that percussionist Lauren Brown actually tap dances on at least one of the songs (the not so imaginatively-titled ΓÇ£ClackinΓÇÖ HeelsΓÇ¥).

So Nobody Dances in This Town (well, except maybe for Brown) is a bit of an intriguing hodge-podge of various and different sounds. The thing is, it holds together remarkably well. WhatΓÇÖs more, the long player actually gets better on repeated listens, as all the genre styles bubble up into your consciousness, so, yes, Nobody Dances in This Town is categorically what we call a ΓÇ£growerΓÇ¥. And the band is certainly hard working, clocking in more than 150 live shows in the past year. The band also has the corporate seal of approval: Starbucks is featuring the band and single ΓÇ£Touch the LightningΓÇ¥ in its stores. So whatΓÇÖs not to love about HeΓÇÖs My Brother SheΓÇÖs My Sister? Well, thereΓÇÖs actually not a lot to dislike about these guys, unless, of course, you feel that associating yourself with a particular brand of a cup of joe is a sellout move, but, hey, if youΓÇÖre in a young band, you gotta make your money and be heard somehow. And, truth be told, youΓÇÖre not going to see these guys on MTV or hear them on the radio (perhaps campus radio or NPR or some such thing, but I think thatΓÇÖs about the extent of it). Still, Nobody Dances in This Town is a worthy addition to the rock ΓÇÿnΓÇÖ roll canon, particularly if you like bluesy workouts and a little bit of grit and muscle in your folksy music.

The opening three songs are nice enough, but the record really catches fire with the fourth track, the Stones-y ΓÇ£The Same Old GroundΓÇ¥, which, yes, does cover some old territory, but itΓÇÖs the first real rave-up to be heard on the album. So letΓÇÖs start there. ThereΓÇÖs some tasty lap steel and a riff that seems ripped right out of either ΓÇ£Tumbling DiceΓÇ¥ or that period where the Rolling Stones were experimenting with country music. ΓÇ£The Same Old GroundΓÇ¥ is a real fist-pumper, a song to get the blood moving, and singer Robert Kolar bring a certain dirty ΓÇ£oomphΓÇ¥ to the track in his gravelly vocals. ItΓÇÖs actually quite astonishing to hear, and you almost wish the band opened the record with it. But this is an LP that is all about the slow burn and building things up to the breaking point. Follow-up track ΓÇ£Slow It DownΓÇ¥ is just as catchy, and it is certain to earn the group some comparisons to Big Brother and the Holding Company. It really is a slice of kozmic blues, and is a throwback to the psychedelic sounds of the ΓÇÿ60s acid rock scene of San Francisco. ThatΓÇÖs not to say that all of Nobody Dances in This Town is entirely successful. The aforementioned ΓÇ£ClackinΓÇÖ HeelsΓÇ¥ feels more like a gimmick than a compelling song. And, as mentioned, the opening three tracks are among the weaker ones on the record, which isnΓÇÖt a great way to build momentum or enthusiasm for your project. The song are actually not bad, but perhaps a little creative reshuffling of the recordΓÇÖs running order might have made the slight valley at the albumΓÇÖs beginning a little less pronounced.

All that said, Nobody Dances in This Town is certainly one thing: eclectic. I donΓÇÖt think youΓÇÖll hear music quite like this in all of its retro-infusion again until HeΓÇÖs My Brother SheΓÇÖs My Sister releases another album of homespun gems. By the time you get to the final song, ΓÇ£CanΓÇÖt See the StarsΓÇ¥, you almost feel sorry that this musical ride, this musical adventure, is almost over. But then again, all you have to do is hit repeat and be enthralled all over again. Nobody Dances in This Town is a splendid bit of folksy tales and well-crafted bluesy numbers. When this band is firing on all cylinders, theyΓÇÖre really something to be in awe of. While the Kolar siblings might have a little ways to go before they can be mentioned in the same breath as the Carpenters or the Friedbergers (or the Whites, for that matter, if you want to throw them into the mix, and letΓÇÖs), Nobody Dances in This Town puts them well on the way to being a cultural force of some renown. The Kolars are doing things a little bit differently, pushing out sounds that havenΓÇÖt been really heard in some time in a number of tracks here, and you have to applaud their dedication to their craft. When theyΓÇÖre rocking out, theyΓÇÖre really on fire, and thatΓÇÖs all the more reason to appreciate the fact that nobody quite dances like they do. And, well, if I may say so myself, I think theyΓÇÖre kinda cute in a grimy kind of way, too.		
He's My Brother She's My Sister - Nobody Dances in This Town [FLAC]/He's My Brother She's My Sister - Nobody Dances in This Town - 01 Tales That I Tell.flac 17.154 MB
He's My Brother She's My Sister - Nobody Dances in This Town [FLAC]/He's My Brother She's My Sister - Nobody Dances in This Town - 02 Let It Live Free.flac 26.514 MB
He's My Brother She's My Sister - Nobody Dances in This Town [FLAC]/He's My Brother She's My Sister - Nobody Dances in This Town - 03 Let's Go.flac 18.048 MB
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