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He's My Brother, She's My Sister

Oct. 31 • MOTR Pub

By Reyan Ali · October 29th, 2012 · Sound Advice
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Unlike the similarly named bands She & Him and The Dutchess and the Duke, the current version of He's My Brother, She's My Sister is not a duo featuring one member from each gender. Instead, it’s a five-piece (with three additional part-timers) led by founders/siblings Rachel and Rob Kolar, who initially ran the project as an acoustic twofer.

Nowadays, the group identifies as “Glam-a-billy” — a snappy tag that both syncs with them and doesn't. On one hand, there's a glamorous charm about the outfit — songs are lively and sprinkled with smart-ass winks — and you can easily see 'em finding acolytes in a Cash-and-Presley-worshiping dive.

Then again, mentioning “Glam” invokes visions of Glam Rock and Glam Metal (neither of which HMBSMS share anything with), and the group's music happily saunters past Rockabilly into Doo-Wop, Folk and Americana — styles linked to Rockabilly but not limited to it.

October's Nobody Dances in This Town demonstrates just how capable this young outfit is by alternating between placid and energetic moments, and pulling off both angles. HMBSMS's debut record includes gray-colored murder ballad “Choir of the Dead,” gooey slow dance number “Wake Your Heart,” the rollicking, mystical “Electric Love” and the jangly, agile “Let's Go.” (That last track must empty many a barstool.)

All this being said, it’d be fair to guess these guys come from Tennessee or Texas, but they surprisingly don't — He's My Brother are a product of Los Angeles.

HE'S MY BROTHER SHE'S MY SISTER perform Wednesday, Oct. 31 at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine.



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