KOLARS have shared their new single, “Turn It Up“, which premiered with FLOOD Magazine. Fans can listen here to the song now below.
“Turn It Up” will be available everywhere digitally on February 19th. KOLARS have collaborated with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam to release a limited edition vinyl of “Turn It Up” (side A) / “Touch The Lightening” (side B) on his label, Hockey Talkter Records. The vinyl will be out in early April via Hockey Talkter and through Jack White‘s Third Man Records.
“As a kid, I listened to a lot of punk music and it inspired me to start singing and writing songs. It is a culture that embraces imperfection and values authentic expression which is empowering to someone just starting out. I was really draw to songs like ‘Soundsystem’ by Operation Ivy and ‘Radio’ by Rancid. Both are anthems celebrating music as a medicine to raise your spirit.” Rob Kolar of KOLARS said. “I’ve always wanted to write a song appreciating what music has done for my life – this song is our version of that. ‘Turn It Up’ is our tribute to how music can be vital in getting us through tough times.”
Later this month, KOLARS will kick off their spring tour, including stops at Flying Burrito Festival, SXSW, and Treefort Festival. For a full list of tour dates, please see below.
KOLARS have been touring internationally since the release of their self-titled album in 2017 and have received accolades for their effervescent blend of upbeat disco rock with twangy rockabilly. Huffington Post says they “instantly fell in love with their tantalizing sonics, and their energetic, apocalyptic marvel” while Paste Magazine concluded that “KOLARS play their unique blend with every inch of their body.“
They have shared bills with Spoon, The Voidz, STRFKR, The Kills, Best Coast, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, LP, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Revivalists, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Starcrawler, Shonen Knife, RZA, Pussy Riot, Built To Spill, The Growlers, The Roots, Nikki Lane, and many others.
KOLARS is one of those rare acts which descends from another dimension, struts its sequin skin, blares its unabashed musical thrill ride and leaves audiences with their mouths on the floor.
The husband and wife duo craft a full sound through minimal instrumentation: a guitarist and a tap-dancing drummer. 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, with 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. Studio experimentations are fused into the live show, adding colorful nuances to their performance.
KOLARS produces the music, and has created a genre melding soundscape. The band has inspired evocative descriptions such as “space blues”, “glam-a-billy” and “desert disco”, with a style that combines elements of new wave, blues, psychedelia, glam, folk, disco and punk.