Nathaniel Peirce and Olivia West
ABOUT KOLOHE KID
"It’s hard to label the RiceCrackers. Berklee-bred. Asian-background. Female-fronted. But most importantly, genre-elusive. They released their debut EP Kolohe Kid on July 19, and with four tracks in four different styles, the band is as hard to define musically as it is aesthetically. The lyrics weave social commentary with quirky quips and the music style spews garage grunge to early reggae, through a filter of youth angst, social injustice, and Berklee training. Kolohe Kid is the marker of a band itching to break into the expansive gulf of the altrock scene and when that wave crashes ashore, you can bet The RiceCrackers will leave some addictively weird tunes in their wake.
Olivia’s vocal style oscillates between badass Asian banshee and grunge goddess in a way that matches perfectly with the band’s overall versatility in a way both unexpected and dangerously catchy. Because what makes Kolohe Kid (kolohe, by the way, means troublemaker), a unique EP, is the fact that for the second half, the band steps out of the identity they just spent the first two songs constructing, and skanks into a new one, with early ska and reggae influences on Perspective, and third wave ska punk beats on “My Asian Grandma.”