During last week's Snowpocalypse, many of us were trapped for days with family members. AGONY, AMIRITE?
Sure, for a few of us, that so-called "polar vortex" might have been grounds for murder, but for many St. Louis bands, the forced post-holidays togetherness simply meant more practice time. Below, check out six local acts that have learned to get past their sibling rivalries to create music that's the pride of any family reunion held in Forest Park.
You would be forgiven for wondering if, after playing music together for years, David and Jeff Lazaroff are sick of each other. While non-musical siblings might need a break from so much togetherness, the Brothers Lazaroff thrive on their familial bond and use it to propel their groove-roots compositions. The 2013 album Hope, Fear, Youth highlights the brothers' songwriting prowess while welcoming other accomplished local musicians into their extended family, serving up plenty of head-bobbin', Dylan-esque twang-rock that heralds summer days of porch sittin'.
Some people claim that twins forge their own secret language. While we don't know if that's true, we sure do like what Family Affair has to say. Twins Mr. Rep and QB (Jarrett and Jason Jones, respectively) combine pop and soul into a special brand of hip-hop that's true-life without being gritty. This is smooth, classy stuff -- a soundtrack for both cruising the streets and grooving on hotties. "Wonder Twin powers, activate," indeed.
BELLA & LILY
Having your music compared to that of Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson and Lisa Loeb isn't so bad -- especially when you're still in high school. Despite their young ages, sisters Bella (eighteen) and Lily (fifteen) Ibur have become old hands at crafting catchy tunes. After winning a contest to perform at LouFest 2012, the duo received Kickstarter support to release a six-song EP last fall. The resulting poppy songs definitively prove that age is just a number.
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Great harmonies have been the cornerstone for many successful sibling acts, including the Everly Brothers, the Jackson 5 and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. And so the tradition continues with Clockwork, which features brothers Jordan and Logan Slone and brother-from-another-mother Logan Mohler. Currently touring the Midwest, the trio pushes an alterna-indie type of rock that specifically showcases its expert voice layering. Expect big things when the band plays this year's South by Southwest festival.
THE LUCKY OLD SONS
Kissin' Cousins may be one of Elvis Presley's famous films, but the Lucky Old Sons aren't having any of those title shenanigans; unlike Elvis, bandmate cousins Steve and Frank Bauer rightfully are more concerned with making music than with swapping spit. Along with fellow "sons" Matt Davis and Corey Woodruff, the cousins recreate the piano-focused rock & roll of the '50s and '60s (Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino) while throwing in plenty of original tunes for good measure.
Sisterhood is powerful stuff. One minute, you're accusing your sis of stealing a sweater, and the next, you're defending her right to date the class bad boy that your mama warned you both about. Multiply that solidarity by three, throw in some jangly folk songs and you've got Dubb Nubb. Sisters Delia, Hannah and Amanda Rainey's latest album Wild Dreamin' features the trio's trademark guitar and ukulele strummin', heartbeat drums and light harmonies while exploring youth's most important themes. That's a sorority we'd happily pledge.
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