What’s not to like about a band who describe their music as desert disco, glam-a-billy, space blues and r&beyond? Then throw in a tap dancing drummer, get the two members of the band to marry each other and hey presto, you’ve got Kolars.
The first song I heard from this unusual U.S duo was the husky anti-career chasing anthem One More Thrill. It channels the spirit of The Strokes through the ghost of Johnny Cash with a blast of confetti canon thrown in for good measure before it ends with a satisfying thud. It’s cool as f*ck and struts like it knows it is.
Previously members of glam-folk band He's My Brother She's My Sister, Kolars consists of Rob who sings and riffs the guitar with some aplomb and Lauren who drums, whilst tap dancing on the kit itself. They’re probably the first group I’ve come across to fully implement tap in their music since Northumbrian folkies The Unthanks.
Take a listen to One More Thrill below and find a couple more of their songs (Bullet on the Run, Beyond The World Of Man) on streaming services. The band are out on tour in the US at the moment and will be crossing over to Europe this Spring. They're guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Kolars - One More Thrill