He's My Brother She's My Sister
He's My Brother She's My Sister's unique yet familiar sound exudes the earnestness of folk, the colorfulness of glam rock, the infectiousness of pop, the innovation of indie rock, the rawness of blues, the theatrics of cabaret, and the hip shake of rock‐a-billy.
Brother and sister Robert Kolar and Rachel Kolar split vocal duties, with Robert on guitar and kick drum and Rachel on tambourine. Their voices range from boisterous to introspective, from breezy to emotive. Lauren Brown adds full-‐body percussion with her fluid tap-‐dancing. Oliver Newell plucks the stand up bass with joyous flair. Aaron Robinson plays lead guitar on a lap slide, veering from nuanced psychedelica to American roots riffs.
They have toured the US extensively and performed at the High Sierra Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Nacarubi Music Festival, Manimal Vinyl Festival, Clean Air Clear Stars, The New Los Angeles Folk Festival, The North Park Music Festival and in the summer of 2010 toured Europe as the official band of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. They have shared the stage with The Devil Makes Three, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero's, The Blow, Spindrift, Miranda Lee Richards, The Growlers, Local Natives, Frank Fairfield, Tapes N' Tapes, Alexander, Dawes, Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket, & many others.
Robert Kolar has been writing and performing for many years and has gained notoriety and a strong following with his band Lemon Sun. He recently won The John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize for his song “Same Old Ground” in the ‘rock’ category. He also recently starred in an art-‐house film-‐noir by cult director Monte Hellman titled “Road to Nowhere” also starring Shannyn Sossamon. The film was in official competition at SXSW.
Rachel Kolar writes much of the band’s lyrics and will often co-‐write with her brother. Rachel and Lauren Brown created and run POSTFACT Productions, a Los Angeles based theater company, which recently put on the successful show NEW at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown LA. Rachel wrote the musical/play and Lauren and Rachel both starred in it. They also starred in “The Parabox” a play written by Rachel and produced by POSTFACT.
Lauren has been tap dancing since she was 8 years old and has created a new form of continuous rhythm with her feet acting as a hi-‐hat and snare drum to propel the band’s sound.
Oliver Newell, a/k/a ~Oliwa, was raised in the music mecca of Austin Texas on a regular diet of rock, blues and two-‐stepping. At 19 he quit music school and hit the hippy trail hitchhiking across America, playing free jazz in Portland, Oregon, singing heart songs in the Olympic Mountains, and jamming reggae dubs in Hawaii before finding his lastest incarnation in Los Angeles. He served as the principle bassist in The Kona Symphony, performed extensively across the U.S. and Europe as a jazz/classical/rock/folk/experimental upright and electric bassist. In addition to playing bass he is a composer, electronic musician, dancer, performance artist and amateur scientist. He is a graduate of CalArts and ringleader of The Pleasure Circus, an exotic ten piece tribal dance party.
Aaron Robinson started playing classical guitar at the age of 8. In high school his guitar playing became influenced by English folk music, and he continued to broaden his scope when he moved to Spain to study flamenco guitar. He has toured extensively with Sea Wolf, and appeared live with Akron Family, Charlie Wadhams, We Are The World, and his own band, Messes, among others. Aaron is the musical director for folk legend Linda Perhacs.