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Jared & The Mill, KOLARS

Western Style Indie Rock

Jared & The Mill


Sun, July 23

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$11.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Jared & The Mill
Jared & The Mill
When we first started Jared & The Mill in the summer of 2011, we didn't have a clue where our sound was heading. Between our six band members, we had more than our fair share of musical influences. In truth, each of us were - more or less - invested in other musical projects, but it was our surprising ease in working together and our almost effortless friendship that made working together so enjoyable. After one show together, we played another, and then another. And as things often go, we were quite suddenly on the local scene, playing alongside the band's of new friends and old throughout the Phoenix area and the state of Arizona. Over our first year together our music developed and molded into a sound we really can't - nor intend to - label, and our music continues to change to this day.

In 2012 and into 2013 we were some busy fellas, building relationships with each other, our music and our fans. We started adding some new songs to our lineup, toured throughout the Southwest in California and New Mexico, and continued to play with local and national acts like Flogging Molly, Cake, The Killers, Y La Bamba, Joe Pug and Horse Feathers. It was exciting and a bit mind blowing to play on the same bill with bands we love and were influenced by, and we soon developed a love for traveling with each other and playing for crowds of strangers. In March, we were well received in Austin, Texas at South By Southwest during our showcase, and had a great homecoming in Phoenix while playing at the St. Patricks Day Festival in Tempe with Flogging Molly. At McDowell Mountain Music Festival we made some great memories landing a spot on the same bill as Heartless Bastards, The Roots and The Shins. From there, things continued to grow and we felt ready to record our first album in the month of June.

Western Expansion, is a record that speaks of where we have been, where we are now and where we are going. A few of our oldest tunes have made it onto the album alongside ones we composed only weeks before recording.

If there's one common influence on an artist's work, it's certainly the landscape in which he lives. Our music has been called, compared and regarded by a number of different names, and we've been influenced and molded by many different events and people. But more than anything, we'd like to think that some shred of the Southwest - our home - can be found in the heart of our music. We're all born and raised in the state of Arizona after all, and we truly hope we can to do our state proud. Playing with a band, traveling till your boots blow out and recording in the studio are labors of love, often as rewarding and joyful as they are taxing and we thank you for joining us on our journey.

We'll see you down the road,

Jared & The Mill.
KOLARS is a band of two members.

Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument.

THE BOTTOM LINE: "The dynamic duo is eclectic in every sense of the word. Kolar, who can only be described as a cosmic Elvis, sang with gusto while his counterpart provided the raw power that kept their steam engine sound chugging along. And with a musical style ranging from what they term 'Desert Disco' to 'Space Blues' (which is just as entertaining as it sounds), there was never a dull moment on stage."

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND: "Crafted like a grooving ’70s country song carved out of the gleaming vibrations of modern rock, the track pulsates right into your chest. It 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."

BUZZBANDS: "Is it normal to imagine that all husband and wife bands rehearse naked? Or maybe it’s just that this particular sexy duo share the kind of on-stage chemistry that comes from knowing each other so well, musically and biblically, which sets the imagination a’sizzling. Kolar, with his rocker swagger, and Brown, licking her lips as she uses her whole body to tap and smack out the beats."

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. An iconic moment and further proof that the band is so great at what they do was especially apparent during their performance at Tractor Tavern in Seattle."

BANDSINTOWN: "KOLARS is a highly experimental duo committed to creating a new sound that will thrill audiences all over the world. Singer and guitarist Rob Kolar is the mastermind behind their production, writing and mixing the material himself. Drummer Lauren Brown has created her own style of percussion where she dances out rhythms on a bass drum with her feet. They’ve successfully created an infectious, innovative sound that combines both folk and dance music."

KOLARS has created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy . Rob produces, mixes, and writes the material. His studio experimentation is incorporated into the live show. Lauren has invented her own drumming style. She tap dances rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit. She uses this dance to transform beats into natural extensions of her movement. The two perform with energy, sweat, and excitement, thrilling audiences with their unabashed exuberance.

As members of glam-folk band He's My Brother She's My Sister, Rob and Lauren toured the U.S. and Europe extensively and sold out venues in every major city across the states, playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Voodoo, Firefly, Secret Garden Party, and Austin City Limits, and performed on late night television (Craig Ferguson).

The band has taken their influences and experiences into a new futuristic realm with KOLARS.