I guess that from the outside Colorado might be a place more associated with alternative country bands such as 16 Horsepower or the more extreme end of heavy rock as illustrated by the likes of Cephalic Carnage. But, as we all know, the world is a small place in the modern age, influences and cross-pollination can travel the globe in the blink of an eye which is why you shouldn’t be surprised to find a band mixing Caribbean vibes with Polynesian grooves.

Lola Rising make island music. Jahawaiian music to be precise, a mix of sounds from two different islands from two different oceans but which blend beautifully into a soulful, smooth and sassy soundtrack. Both musically and conceptually perhaps Lola Rising is an example of the way that the world needs to come together and embrace its future. A mix of musicians from various cultural backgrounds drawing on multiple genres to create something new and forward thinking. Surely the future is going to be created out of understanding, an exchange of ideas and working in harmony. Lola Rising is not just a great example of making interesting new music, it is the very template of how mankind flourishes. Okay, that might sound a tad dramatic but, hey, these are dramatic times.

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