Smart bets web extra: He’s My Brother She’s My Sister

Xpress spoke to L.A.-based quintet He’s My Brother She’s My Sister late last fall, as the band toured through Weaverville in support of their Park The Van debut, Nobody Dances in This Town.

The band is brother and sister Rachel (vocals/percussion) and Rob (vocals/guitar) Kolar, Lauren Brown (tap dancing and drums), Oliver ‘Oliwa’ Newell (upright bass) and Aaron Robinson (slide guitar). Rob talked to us (among other things) about the band’s recorded music versus their live show:

“The album was recorded in a method to embody our live energy. [Producer] Thom Monahan [Devendra Banhart, Fruit Bats, Chris Robinson Brotherhood] was both intuitive and meticulous about capturing a sound that did justice to our live show. Most of the songs and parts were recorded in three days. The parts were played live without a click track. Tempos move, chemistries are entwined and there is a rock ‘n’ roll looseness we could all embrace. It’s a little bit raw. A little bit ragged. It doesn’t sound like Mumford and Sons’ overproduced slickness. It leans more towards early ‘70s Stones but with a modern sensibility. The live show, though, reaches beyond as you can see the sweat, watch the dance moves and feel the pulse of the crowd and floor. The live shows are a li’l more dance evoking, I suppose.”

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister will play Isis on Wednesday, March 6. 9 p.m., $10 in advance/$12 at the door. Paper Bird and Shakey Graves also perform. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets on Monday, at noon, via Facebook. (Got to the Xpress Facebook page for details on how to win.)

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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