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Hes My Brother, Shes My Sister - How'm I Gonna Get Back Home Tonight
Oct 25, 2010
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123 times
Why do we like this?
The multi-faceted Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister is definitely one of the more delightfully original groups I've come across in a long time. The band has just wrapped up their first national tour opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. They've also played gigs at Sundance Film Festival and The New Los Angeles Folk Festival, as well as being selected to tour Europe as the official band of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The burlap-meets-silk vocals are split between siblings Robert and Rachel Kolar. Also part of this unique band is tap dancing percussionist Lauren Brown and cellist Satya Bhabha, whom you might recognize as #1 from the recent film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

The music they create is a satisfying concoction of western swing meets folk and blues rock with a dash of glam for some extra flavor. Each song on their self-titled EP tells a funny story, and as I listened along I couldn't help but be transported to their world of costumes and sepia-colored snapshots, while creating my own mental scenarios to the rhythm of their music.

They definitely have a theatrical quality, so it's not surprising that they enjoy involving multiple costume changes during live performances. This band has great dynamic and are exciting to watch; you can check out a recent video session they did at a house in Silver Lake known as Annakim's Wonderland below.

There are seven songs on their EP -- well, that's if you include the last song which is only 41 seconds long. I'm partial to the first three tracks, but found all of them discretely enjoyable. The one song that I can't stop playing is "How'm I Gonna Get Back Home Tonight." It's the perfect tune to dance around your bedroom to while preparing for a night out.

"Lazy Daze" is another favorite; its slow, mellow, and the hook at the end will have you singing along in no time. But be careful because it ends abruptly, and if you're like me you'll get caught belting out the last of the chorus on your own after the music stops.

He's My Brother, She's My Sister is an eclectic, somewhat odd musical enigma, however, you can bet your ass I'll be out at their next local show. So grab your dancing shoes and your favorite dance partner, and get out to see this band when they hit your town. Thank Indie Shuffle later.

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