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Originally titled Brother K, THE BROTHER K MELEE was founded in 2011, when Lucas Kwong, dissatisfied with the volume of his solo folk efforts, decided to meld the garage rock revivalism of his adolescence with his childhood devotion to Fifties rock 'n' roll. The project began life as a primal blues/rockabilly two-piece with David Cornejo on drums, before evolving to embrace punk, psychedelia, and a host of unruly influences: Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Nirvana, The Stooges, The White Stripes, Hamburg-era The Beatles, garage-gospel acts like The Caravans.

 

Now featuring Bagli and bassist Sam Shaw, the band channels their jitters into anthems for dead saints, democracy, and that one dream you can't shake on the 2019 EP Get Inside. To paraphrase the chorus of "No Fault," hope it's some relief.