Grace and Lies by Family Band on Apple Music

9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York’s Family Band began with the married duo of vocalist/visual artist Kim Krans and guitarist Johnny Ollsin, eventually expanding to include bassist and lap steel player Scott Hirsch. This is the trio’s second full-length, a collection of hauntingly stark folk-rock that's graceful and oddly soothing even in its austerity. Krans’ unemotional vocals glide seamlessly over twinkling synth baubles, flickering electronics, or darkly thudding piano notes, while Ollsin’s spare guitar offers up both impressionistic streaks of unease and delicate fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Stately songs hint at tragedy or heartbreak, moving the way a grieving mourner might approach an internment site, full of dread and sadness. Tunes like “Grace & Lies” and “Ride” are bound with the same tightly reined emotions that color the work of the beautiful (and somewhat similar) Gem Club. “Again” hints at a mournful Appalachian twang, which more than suits the band; a barren lap steel calls out plaintively under Krans’ waltzing vocal melody. The lovely “Moonbeams” echoes with a cold loneliness in its bottomless piano notes. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York’s Family Band began with the married duo of vocalist/visual artist Kim Krans and guitarist Johnny Ollsin, eventually expanding to include bassist and lap steel player Scott Hirsch. This is the trio’s second full-length, a collection of hauntingly stark folk-rock that's graceful and oddly soothing even in its austerity. Krans’ unemotional vocals glide seamlessly over twinkling synth baubles, flickering electronics, or darkly thudding piano notes, while Ollsin’s spare guitar offers up both impressionistic streaks of unease and delicate fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Stately songs hint at tragedy or heartbreak, moving the way a grieving mourner might approach an internment site, full of dread and sadness. Tunes like “Grace & Lies” and “Ride” are bound with the same tightly reined emotions that color the work of the beautiful (and somewhat similar) Gem Club. “Again” hints at a mournful Appalachian twang, which more than suits the band; a barren lap steel calls out plaintively under Krans’ waltzing vocal melody. The lovely “Moonbeams” echoes with a cold loneliness in its bottomless piano notes. 

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About Family Band

Family Band is the collaboration between husband and wife Jonny Ollsin (Children, S.T.R.E.E.T.S.) and visual artist Kim Krans, joined by Scott Hirsch (the Court & Spark, Hiss Golden Messenger). The couple met in the Catskills in 2005, first starting the band as a side project from Ollsin's time with heavy metal band Children, who later broke up and inspired the pair to play together more seriously. By 2008, Ollsin and Krans built a cabin in Delhi, a small upstate New York town, and met Hirsch, who helped flesh out the Family Band sound, a combination of folk-steeped ambient rock and Krans' moody alto. That year they self-released their debut EP, Blessed, returning in April 2010 with the self-released album Miller Path, named after a street near the cabin where most of the recording took place, followed that November by the audiovisual EP Cold Songs. Coverage in The FADER, NYLON, and Stereogum raised Family Band's profile, and by the following spring they supported like-minded atmospheric rockers Warpaint on tour. Sophomore album Grace & Lies found the group signing to the No Quarter label, which released the record in July 2012, while ABC picked up songs from Miller Path for use in its crime docudrama series Final Witness. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

  • ORIGIN
    Catskill Mountains, NY
  • FORMED
    2005

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