Kolars at Will’s Pub – Orlando
Kolars are one of the most compelling acts to hit the rock music landscape in recent memory. They serve up a delicious mix of distinctive music that is best described as Rockabilly Dance, or perhaps Danceabilly. And, as I witnessed earlier this week, they deliver an incendiary live show.
Sadly, I only had the chance to share this vibrant experience with a dozen or so of Orlando’s most discerning music fans, because the crowd at Will’s Pub was weak. That intrepid dozen had the good fortune to witness an uber-talented duo just oozing with raw energy and potential. Kolars are a husband-wife pairing with an innovative approach to creating compelling rock music. Rob Kolar is the guitarist vocalist with a definite rockabilly flair, while Lauren Brown adds some of the most creative percussion I have ever seen.
On this night, we had a chance to sample ten of the new songs off of their forthcoming debut album, and the music was excellent. Brown danced behind her drum kit the entire night and was an animated, energetic performer. Oh yeah, she stood atop a giant bass drum on which she tap danced throughout the set. It is an intriguing touch I’ve never seen at a show and it resulted in some fantastic precussive sounds.
They kicked the show off with a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “King of Carrot Flowers” which they reimagined in their own wonderful style. The remainder of the forty-five-minute set featured original offerings off of their upcoming debut album. Highlights included the freight train driven “Same Old Ground” and “Coattails” which found Kolar channeling his inner Johnny Cash.
The last half of the set featured the duo’s three previously released singles which all translated nicely in a live setting. “Beyond the World of Man” is one of the catchiest, most addictive songs I’ve heard in years and had the tidy crowd dancing with smiles plastered on their faces. “Turn Out the Lights” is a killer track with a great surf rock vibe, and their closing track “One More Thrill” was the most raucous moment of the night and the perfect closer.
Kolar and Brown made the best of a sparse crowd and still poured all of their energy into delivering a top-notch performance. They played in a state of constant motion and seeemed passionate about their music. This duo has it all and those of us in attendance on this night had a rare chance to see them in an intimate setting because this band is destined for big things.
They are talented, entertaining, distinctive and fun. But, most of all, Kolars are damn good, and they deserve your attention next time they’re in your area.
You can catch them across the country opening for Southern Culture on the Skids over the next few weeks and then hitting a bunch of other American cities (see dates below). Do not miss this band when they come to your city.
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King of Carrot Flowers (cover)
Bullet On the Run
Let It Live Free
Same Old Ground
Touch the Lightning
Beyond the World of Man
Turn Out the Lights
One More Thrill
FEB 24 FRI Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa, FL
FEB 26 SUN High Dive, Gainesville, FL
Full Schedule: kolarsband.com/