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He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister performing at the Knitting Factory

Family drama: Raucous folk band brings theatrics, siblings

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A gathering of kinfolk is liable to stir up a scene.

A true family band, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister hopes to captivate an audience and cultivate a feel-good, uninhibited rock culture — presenting an ebullient style of electric folk music infused with rockabilly, glam rock, and cabaret, where the strange can come out and play.

“We like to put on a show,” said Robert Kolar, a brother, guitarist, and vocalist in the band. “A lot of us have a theatrical background and we embrace sideshow elements in a tongue-in-cheek way.”

A big part of the band’s extravaganza is their tap dancing drummer, Lauren Brown. She grew up tap dancing, but only took up the drums when she assumed percussive duties for the band. Playing drums and tapping simultaneously, she’s a show all on her own.

“I learned my way through it,” said Brown. “It’s easy to create a style when I didn’t have a style to begin with.”

At first the band jammed under bridges and in trailer parks, but now the popular traveling show is touring venues nationwide. Fans have pledged funds for a new van, but the group can’t collect until they make good on their promise to write personal songs for the music lovers who donated to their cause.

The band is already considering what the new vehicle might look like.

“We’re all very outspoken creative people and have different ideas,” said vocalist and sister Rachel Kolar. “I love the idea of getting a rad array of paint and dripping it over the bus. I guess we’d have to cover the windows or doors.”

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at The Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. at Havemeyer Street, (347) 529–6696, bk.knittingfactory.com]. Oct. 25, 7:30 pm, $12.

Updated 5:36 pm, July 9, 2018
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