KOLARS is one of those rare acts which descends from another dimension, struts its sequin skin, blares it’s unabashed musical thrill ride and leaves audiences with their mouths on the floor.
Rob Kolar twists and turns as he sings imaginative lyrics with a raw swagger. He spins his guitar as notes sail and scramble through the room. A presence that embodies elements of Elvis and Marc Bolan with a ragged punky edge. The magnetic, one of a kind, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussion instrument, tap dancing rhythms with her feet while playing a full stand up kit with her arms. An alluring hybrid of Mo Tucker and Gene Kelly with a dash of Iggy Pop wildness. Yes, there have been iconic duos before but none like this.
The two set up side by side sharing center stage. There is no front woman or man to this band. They share the spotlight, encouraging the other to take a risk and push their art.
On record KOLARS are slightly more subtle and nuanced. Rob produces and mixes the music and has created a genre melding soundscape influenced by his film scoring. The band has inspired evocative descriptions such as “space blues”, “glam-a-billy” and “desert disco”. The style combines elements of new wave, blues, pyschedelia, glam, folk, disco and punk. The production experiments are infused into the live show. In essence, the duo are a hybrid of modern technology and raw rock and roll.
The aesthetic and fashion sense of the band lives in a similarly daring world. The two often seek out rare vintage pieces and design much of the stage attire themselves. Visually there are glam, sci-fi, teddy boy, goth, and western themes. Sequins and mirrors often reflect dazzling light shows for the audience. When asked about the reflective aesthetic Rob replied, “Well we couldn’t afford our own light show so we figured we’d just become one ourselves”.
KOLARS have toured extensively across the US, Canada, and Europe, playing many festivals and concerts in front of thousands. They have headlined national tours and have shared bills with Spoon, LP, Julian Casablancas & The Voidz, STRFKR, The Kills, Best Coast, Shonen Knife, RZA, Pussyriot, Built To Spill, The Horrors, The Growlers, Alanis Morissette, Funkadelic, The Revivalists, Father John Misty, The Roots, Nikki Lane, Strawberry Alarm Clock and many others.
They have built their momentum through hard work and tenacity, growing their following one fan at a time. They tour relentlessly and do much of the work themselves. The husband and wife duo treat the business like a growing mom and pop startup. Rock and roll with an entrepreneurial spirit.
HUFFINGTON POST: "I instantly fell in love with their tantalizing sonics, and their energetic, apocalyptic marvel"
CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND: "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."
PASTE MAGAZINE: "KOLARS play their unique blend with every inch of their body."
TIME OUT: “KOLARS gave us a superb punch of musical bliss. Keep this duo on your radar. Their future is bright.”
TEAM COCO (CONAN O'BRIEN): "Out of this world."
FORBES: “KOLARS, part of the new generation of music entrepreneurs.”
BANDSINTOWN: "KOLARS is a highly experimental duo committed to creating a new sound that will thrill audiences all over the world"
SPIEGEL ONLINE: “On the stage it is very sexy, when listening to the record it’s very warm to the sad heart”
DENVER POST: "KOLARS has a knack for buffing your weathered perspective to a glinting sheen. The world isn’t on fire; it’s glowing."
GRIMY GOODS: "IT'S A MUST LISTEN. Both upbeat, and soft and sultry when it needs to be. You can’t help but let yourself get lost in Rob’s croons and bewitching words."
BUZZBANDS: "KOLARS sets the imagination a’sizzling. Rob Kolar, with his rocker swagger, and Lauren Brown, licking her lips as she uses her whole body to tap and smack out the beats."
TORONTO STAR: "Rob is a pompadoured guitar pro with a throaty voice. Lauren provides potent accessorizing to his style, hammering away on a cocktail drum kit while tap-dancing on a customized bass drum."
THE BOTTOM LINE: "The dynamic duo is eclectic in every sense of the word. And with a musical style ranging from 'Desert Disco' to 'Space Blues' (which is just as entertaining as it sounds), there was never a dull moment on stage."
LEMONADE MAGAZINE: "Their chemistry on every track of the album is sublimely in-sync. The more you listen to the album, the better it becomes. It is addictive."
FEST FIFTY: "With gumption and undeniably well-written songs, KOLARS has burrowed through the consciousness of their hometown and beyond, paving a road of lullaby disco anthems wriggling their way across the Mason Dixon."