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After LA’s He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister show at Lamberts, I really wish we were related [CONCERT REVIEW + LISTEN]

2010 October 26

To hell with drummers. Seriously. Who needs them when you could have an enchanting tap dancer in their place? I’m fully aware it’s been done before (Tilly and the Wall), but Lauren Brown of LA folk/swing band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister has perfected the art of tapping out a rhythm unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s not just her feet that draw in your attention, her facial expressions and overall dance technique are nothing short of captivating. And the party don’t stop with her. All the brothers and sisters are equally AMAZING.

I had the great fortune of checking them out this past Saturday at Lamberts, but I was not prepared for the mesmerizing show those kids put on. I first discovered their cellist, Satya Bhabha (ya! That’s right, they have a cello!) at a wedding back in March. He nearly brought everyone to tears with his rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. So of course, when I got word that Satya and siblings were stopping in Austin as a grand finale to their tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, I decided it was a show I could not miss.

Lauren Brown taps it out. Photo by Evan Matthews of Hella Filthy.

Together, Robert, Rachel, Lauren and Satya create one of the best sounds I’ve heard in a long while. With tones rooted in soulful folk and a spirit of greats like The Mama’s & Pappa’s and Dylan, it’s impossible not to get up and dance when they’re on stage.

Photo by Evan Matthews of Hella Filthy

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that if two of four instruments in a band are a cello and a tap dancer, they MUST be lacking in resonance. To my surprise, those ornate notes were absolutely essential to their brilliance. Robert rocked the guitar, mic AND a bass drum; Rachel shook that tambourine and has the voice of a nightingale; Lauren danced her bum off and didn’t miss a beat, and Satya the great, constructs pure wind GENIUS!

  • LISTEN: Check out He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister self-titled EP:

Did I mention that they covered Ace of Base?

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