When it became clear that glam folk act He’s My Brother She’s My Sister was heading towards a hiatus, band members Rob Kolar and Lauren Brown decided to go off and find their own beat. What they learned from their previous outfit was that even folk fans want to find music that makes them move. That’s the dictum that’s guided the duo into the creation of KOLARS. As KOLARS, the pair create a kinetic brand of disco-inspired rockabilly they loving dub glam-a-billy. Kolar provides the soaring, fuzzy guitars while Brown pounds and literally stomps the percussion — she actually stands and tap-dances on a bass drum. Far from a gimmicky trick, the clacking feet add familiar moments one might expect from a hi-hat or the clapping of hands. Even without Brown’s unique method of performing, the band’s sound remains uniquely driving. Take their latest single “One More Thrill”. Crafted like a grooving ’70s country song carved out of the gleaming vibrations of modern rock, the track pulsates right into your chest. It takes your heart by the hand and leads you to the dance floor, daring you to not feel motivated to dance, shimmy, just escape the mundane. “‘One More Thrill’ is about someone who wants to break free from the monotony in their life to pursue their dreams,” the band tells Consequence of Sound. “The video uses imagery and creatures to symbolize that struggle and the excitement of taking that chance.
Los Angeles band Livingmore have emerged with their debut record, Ok To Land. The band originated with songwriters Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston when they met through mutual friends in 2014. They with the help of Mike Schadel on drums and now Rodrigo Moreno on bass who has joined the band since Bryan Dobbs' departure in 2017, are the current make-up of Livingmore. Taking cues from several genres, with influences such as Garbage, The Kinks and Belle and Sebastian, Moore and Livingston write dreamy, alternative songs that sound like, in their own words - a mixture of Blondie and The Everly Brothers. “We never really plan when we’re going to write, we just wait for it to happen" explain Moore and Livingston. Each song has a totally organic approach - sometimes born from Livingston playing a melody and Moore composing accompanying lyrics on the spot; other times with both of them writing songs separately and meeting somewhere in the middle. Their First full length album "Ok To Land" was recorded at Kingsize Soundlabs in Eagle Rock, CA and produced by Brian Rosemeyer who discovered the band at LA's Echo Park Rising festival in 2016. The record has since had an indie hit with the song ‘Really Mean It’. The popular tune is accompanied by an animated stop motion video created by Moore’s brother, Dillon. “We really just wanted to make a video that was totally organic and back to basics but at the same time unique and fresh. That’s kind of what this band is really about when you get down to it” Livingston explains. The band has thus far toured around The United States and recently played in Austin, TX for the SXSW music festival. They are currently tracking more new material at their own studio/rehearsal space and are constantly touring.