New Noise Music Fest 2013: He's My Brother, She's My Sister

He's My Brother, She's My Sister

Nobody Dances in This Town is a great title for the debut album from L.A.'s He's My Brother She's My Sister. In Southern California's music scene, most audience members watch bands with their arms crossed—and many of them are also in bands. But the title also references HMBSMS's secret weapon, Lauren Brown, who peppers the percussion with microphoned tapshoes and an oversized drum that she dances on during performances. "Tales That I Tell" opens sounding like glammed-up pirate-folk. Over glitter-rock guitar riffs, siblings Rachel and Rob Kolar (hence the band's moniker) sing shanty-like pop gussied in rootsy instrumentation. The band's description of its sound as "cabaret blues" applies to the following "Let It Live Free," a festive romp through Tom Waits' garden. But the group also calls some of its songs "cirque rock"; this makes sense when listening to "Clackin' Heels," where heavyhanded guitar riffs and big bouncy rhythms stop and take breaks for Brown's percussive tap dancing.

"A gritty trip from the barstool to the vaudeville stage…and just about everywhere in between." - Filter

"He's My Brother, She's My Sister is about far more than just the music they make, which is eclectic in the truest sense with elements of psych, folk, country, western, gypsy, vaudeville and several other adjectives that probably are more likely to be used to describe fashion movements or underground burlesque shows. Above all else, and owing to their theatrical roots, they're about putting on an entertaining show. Music is one component of this, but so are the band's clothes, so is their movement on stage, so is their energy, so are the opening acts, so is the venue and, perhaps most importantly, so are the audience members." - Paste Magazine

Song Preservation Society

"What the Shins are to the movie Garden State, Song Preservation Society could be to a potential Golden State."
-Music Connection

Song Preservation Society started is Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer and Daniel Wright. Their debut EP, Ready Room, was recorded in the fall of 2012 with guidance from the much-respected Nino Moschella, master of coaxing masterful production out of a modest multitrack. Ready Room is Song Preservation Society's from-the-heart music brought to full and beautiful life with brass and woodwinds and strings and even fuzz guitar. It's seven songs with a strange kind of purity that points to something timeless. In 1966, it could have fit between the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and Love; in 1976, it'd make people think of the last Big Star album; right now it shines through bands like Fleet Foxes and The Shins to be a ray of light all its own. When they started out, they might have picked that name just for fun. But on Ready Room, they've really made something worth preserving.

Strange Vine's earthy, energetic music is a fusion of blues, psychedelic, and traditional American rock. It's a sound born of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, from two men who were raised there. Ian Blesse plays drums and Rhodes piano (simultaneously), while Toby Cordova fleshes out the songs with a rotating arsenal of guitars (including one made from a cigar box). Both contribute vocals toward a rich, layered sound that's greater than the sum of its parts. In just a year's time, Strange Vine has already shared the stage with acts like The Black Keys, Cage The Elephant, Band Of Skulls, B.B. King, The Growlers, White Denim, Robin Trower, The Greenhornes, Pokey LaFarge and JEFF The Brotherhood.

Mystic Braves

Horizons, time. The sad truths of society's most accepted emotions. Dreams, insignificance. Events leading up to epiphanies, spells easily creating what should be. Stars sweeping across your soul with ideas of what the night will eventually hold, fears. The freedom of summertime, easy going lifestyles. Grooving beneath the everlasting moonlight glow. Frustration, beauty. Waiting, forever questioning. A desert tracking vacation spent hidden behind the shade of your own shadow, a psychedelic excursion we're all checking in to.
– Sincerely, California

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New Noise Music Fest 2013: He's My Brother, She's My Sister with Song Preservation Society, Strange Vine, Mystic Braves

Friday, October 18 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club