Molly Karloff (great name!) are a hard-hitting, three-piece British alt-rock metal/grunge band, who release their highly anticipated second EP, Supernaturalation on Friday 6th March 2020. The EP is distributed digitally by Cargo, physically by Roulette Media and is available to order via www.mollykarloff.co.uk/super-ep. The band’s EP launch will be held at The Blackheart in Camden Town, London, on Thursday 27th February.
The first single She Said was released in January (see video below), and can be ordered from https://smarturl.it/MollyKarloffSheSaid .
Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dancing for Money (2018), the Oxfordshire based band have toured their contagiously hook-filled, pumped-up sound around the country. Last year saw them playing several rock and metal festivals including support for Saxon at RockFest, and people are talking enthusiastically about Molly Karloff’s addictive riff driven, no-nonsense punchy rock sound in a very positive way. This culminated in their first sell-out headliner show at The Wheatsheaf in Oxford, shortly followed by a joint headline show at the O2 Academy Oxford.
As the band continued to build momentum, they started to catch the attention of the press. The debut EP has been described as a “No-holds-barred debut from a band that has spontaneously clicked into place and erupted onto the scene with a sucker punch!” Other international reviews in the US and Brazil have continued the superlative-laden praise. Back home in the UK, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Simon was interviewed by Moshville Times as the plaudits continued with Manchester Rocks placing the band’s debut EP in their top 10 EPs of 2018. The praise continued into 2019 with a glowing review in the May edition of Powerplay Magazine who awarded the EP a rave review. “Molly Karloff have enough balls about them to crash through the barriers and make the rock world take notice,” said Powerplay.
The band are: Simon Guilliard (vocals, guitar), Dan Podbery (bass) and Jowie Adkins (drums). Since making their noisy presence on the UK rock scene known, Molly Karloff have been busy in the studio recording the tracks to their second studio EP release, which embraces and evolves their unique, yet familiar sound, of stripped back guitar and bass grooves. Recorded at Parlour Studios, Kettering and engineered, mixed and produced by Neil Haynes (Sacred Mother Tongue, Black Dogs, Awake, Sympathy State), the band see “Supernaturalation” as a precursor to the released of their debut album later in the year. This promises to be a cracker!
So, to this new set of tracks, as described by Simon:
Supernaturalation “written using a baritone guitar, with the main riff being one that just sprang into my head one morning, which is a pretty regular occurrence”. Right from the opening riff, the addictive hook sets the tone for this song, and it does seem as though everything this band does is centred around whopping great hooks. The foot stomping groove continues before launching into an earworm of a chorus that takes a dig at hypocritical attitudes to drug addiction in society.
She Said “The swirling guitars that open this song belie the infectiousness that then hits you, even as the melodic verse kicks in. I originally wrote the opening riff without the wah, which was added by mistake one day in rehearsal. It sounded cool, so we kept it that way, and everything else evolved from there!” As the chorus kicks in, the soaring vocals will leave you humming the tune all day. But that doesn’t then do justice to some great guitar licks that come straight out of the 70’s or 80’s – catchy hard-rock riffs are timeless (enjoy the video below!)
Do You Wanna? “This tune was never meant to have the punky overtones that it currently has. The main riff arrived, like most songs, in the shower one morning, and after trying various things during the writing process, that punk thing in the verse was the best fit. If it fits, then wear it! Don’t conform, ignore the rules, be what you want to be!” This actually starts off with a heavy guitar lick that could be Sabbath! The vocals then remind me of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers and other “CBGBs”-based US bands, the song that has that familiar sound of late 70’s US New Wave combined with a hard-rock sound that always proves to be a big crowd-pleaser. Not quite grunge, but more than Power Pop, this works for me!
Do It Again “The catchy joy ride continues with driving rhythms right from the outset of this tune. There’s plenty of melody and groove before we bring in another contagious chorus laid over the pumping hooks of the guitars”. Having no regrets seems an appropriate subject for this song to tackle, which continues the sense of driving assault from the 70’s US New Wave. There’s only a small break away for the appropriately short and frenetic solo before launching the listener back into the crescendo that builds before the final chorus.
The Other Side “We start this off with a catchy, foot-tapping riff, almost a funk-blues groove in the opening riff that we love as we move into a song about breaking taboos”. There are no airs and graces. It’s just a straight, ‘four to the floor’ straight up hard rock tune for rocking out or dancing to.
All in all, this 5-track EP captures Molly Karloff ‘s distinctive hard rock sound that mixes what I would call late 70’s American New Wave with a touch of grunge, a hint of NWOBHM and current generation UK bands like Tax The Heat and Anchor Lane. It’s up there with all of them, bouncing between attention-grabbing guitar riffs and catchy, contagious, chorus lines – it’s addictive listening, this is a belter of an EP, go and enjoy it and better still, catch ’em live! – see their imminent tour itinerary below: