Back in 2010, LA Record claimed, “He’s My Brother She’s My Sister is like a time warp to the golden present, wrapping nostalgia around the here and now with throwback flair and good taste. They make debauchery and estrangement so glamorous. The songs are as catchy as a radio pop jam, but throw off the trappings of plastic pop and wrap you in fur, folk, and the last drops of moonlight.”
Now with their debut album out, Nobody Dances in This Town, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister (HMBSMS) is on a roll. With a bit more energy and rock ‘n’ roll sound to their newest work, the band is capturing hearts as they tour throughout the nation. We caught up with Rachel Kolar, the lead female vocalist from the band. Here’s what she had to say!
Who or what inspired you to form a band?
Joshua Tree and Big Sur. I was spending a lot of time with my buddy Dave D who was part of the whole Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre scene. It was this dark rock and roll spaghetti western type sound I hadn’t really heard in a live context. Bands like Spindrift and Ocha La Rocha would play these shows out in the desert or woods and it was incredibly inspiring. My brother and I started this band, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and through our music became a part of that scene.
You and Robert are actual siblings. Is that how the name He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister came to be?
It is. I liked how simple and sort of ironic it was. I have been writing plays since I was quite young and authors like Edward Albee and Harold Pinter have a simplicity to their writing I really admire. I think in some way the band reflected that style.
You recently released your debut full-length album, Nobody Dances in This Town, back in October. How does this album differ from your EP released in 2010?
It’s definitely more energetic and more rock n roll. It’s also very eclectic. We don’t have an attachment to any sort of genre and I think that offers a very diverse and exciting listening experience.
What artists / bands inspire you musically?
It really varies. I loved when Grimes last record came out because it sounded so fresh and dreamy. I felt a bit similar to that when I heard Alt-J for the first time, though I’m now less interested in them. I’ll never get tired of hearing Paul Simon or John Lennon’s voice. The Kinks are brilliant. I love story tellers. I love when I hear a song and I can tell that someone intelligent and deeply emotional is directly behind it.
What would be your dream gig?
Jack White. Please oh please.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2013?
Touring touring touring. Europe and Japan too!
Make sure to catch He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister playing at the Black Cat in D.C. on May 8!