KOLARS + Mo Lowda and The Humble + SeepeopleS

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

KOLARS + Mo Lowda and The Humble + SeepeopleS

Tue, April 23, 2019

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

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages


"A Superb Punch Of Musical Bliss. ” - Time Out

"KOLARS are as if T-Rex and the Pixies had a love child who was born tap dancing on a drum kit and with a no-shits-given punk aesthetic.” - Underground London KOLARS is one of those rare acts which descends from another dimension, struts its sequin skin, blares it’s unabashed musical thrill ride and leaves audiences with their mouths on the floor.

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. 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 simultaneously 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.

Yes, there have been iconic duos before but none like this.
On record KOLARS are slightly more subtle and nuanced. Rob produces and mixes the music and has created a genre melding soundscape influenced by his film scoring. The band has inspired evocative descriptions such as “space blues," “glam-a-billy” and “desert disco." The style combines elements of new wave, blues, pyschedelia, glam, folk, disco and punk. The production experiments are infused into the live show. In essence, the duo are a hybrid of modern technology and raw rock and roll.

KOLARS have toured extensively across the US, Canada and Europe, playing many festivals and concerts in front of thousands. They have headlined national tours and have shared bills with Spoon, LP, Julian Casablancas & The Voidz, STRFKR, The Kills, Best Coast, Shonen Knife, RZA, Pussyriot, Built To Spill, The Horrors, The Growlers, Alanis Morissette, Funkadelic, The Revivalists, Father John Misty, The Roots, Nikki Lane, Strawberry Alarm Clock and many others.

They have built their momentum through hard work and tenacity, growing their following one fan at a time. They tour relentlessly and do much of the work themselves. The husband and wife duo treat the business like a growing mom and pop startup. Rock and Roll with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Mo Lowda and The Humble
Mo Lowda and The Humble
Known for their progressive song writing and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & The Humble's beginnings were in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia. Following the release of their first full length album in 2013, the trio, consisting of Jordan Caiola, Shane Woods, and Nate Matulis began playing venues throughout the city. After experiencing the high of multiple sold out hometown shows, Mo Lowda took their act on the road and began consistently touring the country. Their 2016 sophomore release, 'Act Accordingly', was a short and sweet embodiment of the band's natural progression; refining their already formidable sound. Following that release, Jeff Lucci stepped in as the new bassist, bringing his unique songwriting and tasteful use of effects pedals into the mix. On the heels of playing over 100 shows nationwide in 2017, Mo Lowda is set for a full US tour In 2018, in support of their upcoming Full-Length entitled "Creatures".
2011 is the last time the hard-to-define East Coast progressive rock group SeepeopleS played a live show. At the time, the group was touring in support of their fourth album, "Apocalypse Cow Vol.2." Although the album was critically acclaimed and the band was still gaining significant fan traction with a relentless touring schedule -- sometimes playing 200 shows a year -- the group was unable to get past many of the trials and tribulations that an up and coming band encounters, and SeepeopleS disappeared into a mysterious, unexplained hiatus.

Led by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Bradford, and formed in Boston MA in 2000, SeepeopleS garnered early successes with well received albums ("For the Good of the Nation" in 2002, "The Corn Syrup Conspiracy" in 2004, "Apocalypse Cow Volume 1" in 2007 and "Apocalypse Cow Volume 2" in 2011), many that have become cult-favorites-cum-collectors-items that featured vast, dynamic soundscapes and rare and quirky performances from an intriguing array of musicians including members of Morphine, Spearhead, Lynyrd Skynrd, Parliament Funkadelic and Tim Reynolds. The band also toured hard, true road warriors with the chops to hold their own, opening for bands that included Presidents of the USA, Cracker, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand and a long list of others. It wasn't hard during these years to dig up a concert-goer who would describe the band's festival sets at All Good and Wakarusa as "epic" or "legendary." SeepeopleS was really making a name for themselves in an accessible, grassroots way.

But, like so many bands before them that have stumbled during the alchemical process of turning art into commerce, SeepeopleS found themselves suffering from the pitfalls of serious drug addiction and the turmoil of existing in a band whose lead singer and driving force was rapidly slipping deeper and deeper into the disease. Constant touring took its toll, and it was not long after the release of "Apocalypse Cow Volume 2" and the abbreviated tour that followed that SeepeopleS fell apart, and Bradford and co. took an indefinite break from performing live.

The band made no announcements, played no final shows; they simply canceled all future dates and removed their website, to the dismay of the band's loyal followers known as the A.R.M.E. The band's headquarters, out of which they had operated for years -- a spacious recording space called Boodog Studios in downtown Asheville, NC -- simply and literally collapsed to the ground weeks after the band moved out, a somber ending to the space that mirrored the band's own troubles. To say that SeepeopleS' apparent end was mysterious, alarming and dubious at best would be a vast understatement.

When asked to comment, Bradford uses one of his signature enigmatic metaphors to describe what happened to him: "I went to a dark place. Some call it heroin/crack island...I called it home. But I'm just thankful I remembered to bring my guitar with me." Bradford's addiction was becoming a major concern to his family, friends and his professional associates. It wasn't long before the whole thing fell apart, the musician himself included.

But the warm heart of SeepeopleS never stopped beating. Bradford is proud that his music and band have always been the sum of more than one part -- a true community working together, one of the many reasons SeepeopleS fans come from all walks of life and with open ears to any and all genres of music. After going back to basics, returning to Maine for three years to get sober, Bradford is thrilled to be back in the Northeast recording with his long time co-producer Will Holland (The Pixies, Devo, Fall Out Boy, Kiddus I) at Chillhouse Studios (www.chillhousestudios.com) in Boston, where all of SeepeopleS' previous albums were recorded. In addition, Bradford has put together what he says is the best line up of the band to ever come together, consisting of many musicians from the band's new home in Portland Maine, featuring Dan Capaldi (Sea Level, Soft Bullets) on drums and sampling/sequencing and vocals, Frank Hopkins (Kenya Hall Band) on keyboards and Tony Margaronis (Eric Green Party) on bass, as well as Bradford's Freepeoples FreQuency bandmate, Brooke Binion, holding down guitars, synths, sequencing, vocals and other sonic duties.

The band is also busy finishing arrangements on a huge arsenal of songs -- over 40 at last count -- that Bradford wrote over the last four years for SeepeopleS' upcoming double album, which will be titled "The Dead Souls Sessions." The record is tentatively scheduled for release in April 2015, on the band's own imprint, RascalZ RecordZ, in time to celebrate SeepeopleS' 15th anniversary, and in time for inclusion in the SeepeopleS box set, which is being prepped for a Christmas 2015 release.

Finally, after a four year concert drought and Bradford finally beating a decade-long battle with heroin and opiates, SeepeopleS are back on track to bring their fans what they have long awaited: a return to the stage and to recording great music. The band is excited to announce their very first live concert in over four years at Empire Music Hall (www.portlandempire.com), on Saturday Oct. 18, in Portland, ME. Limited tickets are available for this very special event at bullmoose.com, Bull Moose music stores, or at the Empire Music Hall box office. More information can be found at www.seepeoples.com.

SeepeopleS invites you to share this triumphant moment in the band's history, and is so very grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of support and love from the music and fan communities, which has been incredible, a fitting welcome for a band with a heart as big as its sound. There is so much more to come, including long awaited news on the re-release (hard copy) of the band's fourth album, "Apocalypse Cow Vol.2," as well as full tour news for SeepeopleS fans throughout the country. So rejoice, the peeps are back!
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801