Let me take the time to introduce you to the Molly Anna Band and their music. This Leeds based group is the new project from songwriter/performer Molly Anna and producer/multi-instrumentist Mike Hukins. Together they create their unique sound which is heavily influenced by 90’s grunge, but the spin that this duo put on it is seriously worth checking out. Personally I can hear a few more different genres within their music but I will talk more about that later in my review. All I will say is that their music is something special and when you hear their EP ‘Ghosts’ you will understand why.
I had the opportunity to speak to Molly about this project, influences and more. I love the way she talks about her music as you can hear her genuine passion as well as enthusiasm for what she does. Here is what she had to say:
Who or what inspired you to become a musician and which musicians have influenced your sound?
I’ve been a musician for as long as I can remember. I studied classical music and played in orchestras growing up. It’s only the last 4 years that I started writing my own, though.
In terms of influences, I have a LOT. There are some I think are obvious, like Alanis Morrisette or Incubus, but there are others that you perhaps wouldn’t think of. Cyndi Lauper inspired me to learn how to sing powerfully. System of a Down made me want to make big, dramatic pieces. Lauryn Hill’s lyrics are hard-hitting and her delivery is second to none. I don’t write the same kind of music as these acts, but I still consider them important in how I approach writing and performing.
When you write new music what is the important part to your process?
I know it doesn’t sound very inspired, but I actually do a lot of planning before I start writing. I have notebooks where I map out what I want this collection of songs to be about (I always think of the bigger picture, rather than just one song). When I have a clear idea of what each song will be about, I try to come up with a motif that sums each one up and work outwards from there. I think planning is a really good idea. It keeps my music grounded, themed and less rambly.
Talking about writing music, which is your favourite song your EP and why?
I think it’s ‘The Gun.’ It was the hardest one to write, but it’s the most honest and the one that seems to connect with the most people. The title lyric has actually been swimming round my head for a few years, but I never finished the song until now. I’d tried putting it to several pieces of music but it never quite fit right. I’m glad I waited.
If the world was going end and you had time to listen to one album, which would it be and why?
Are we talking rapture? If so, it’s going to be some kind of Hans Zimmer greatest hits album. Might as well go down in style…
What are you future plans and goals for your music?
I guess it would be great to take the show on the road and see the world. I have thought about going backpacking and busking my way around… that seems fun. I’ve never wanted to be famous in a celebrity kind of way, but it would be incredible if I could reach people worldwide with my music, especially if it connects with them and they can identify with what I have to say. In the short-term future, we’re looking to get involved on the festival scene this year and to play gigs in different cities. If anyone fancies a gig in their living room, let us know!
Now lets talk about the EP ‘Ghost’. The first song I heard from this release was ‘Villain’ and it was Molly’s stunning vocals which instantly converted me into a fan. Anyone who knows me will confirm that I am a sucker for stunning vocals and Molly has an amazing talent which can be clearly heard with each song on the EP. The way she connects to the emotion of the lyrics is mirrored perfectly with her voice with her impressive range. She can bring a controlled power but also can deliver a gentle and tender tone which is simply beautiful. The song ‘Tonight’ is a fantastic example of this and no song on the EP showcases this talent more.
The lyrics delivered during the EP are what Molly describes as ‘Honest lyrics combined with dark fiction weave messy tales of love, self-destruction, healing and extraordinary escape plans: from the scars left by lovers gone wrong, to a burnt down house and a flawed alibi’. For me, I really like the depth of these lyrics which shows that Molly is an impressive lyricist. Molly gives so much during ‘Ghosts’ with her vocals, lyrics, melodies and structures but I want to give some respect to what Mike brings to this partnership. He not only wrote the chord structures as well as arranging parts for the full band but he also recorded/produced this must hear EP.
I have already mentioned a few highlight songs but I want to recommend that you check out my favourite song from Ghosts EP called ‘Til you Collapse’. This acoustic rock track makes me think of an old school Evanescance because of the vocals that Molly brings which shows off power, control and an impressive range. The use of the guitars and piano add an edgy atmosphere that pulls you in. Such a great song! Overall, each song doesn’t fail to captivate for so many good reasons.
If you want to hear the EP in full then head over to their Soundcloud (click HERE). If you like what you hear then grab a copy of their amazing EP ‘Ghosts’ from the usual online stores like Amazon and iTunes.
I hope that Molly and Mike get the opportunity to travel with their music and spread the word about Molly Anna Band. If this happens, then I will try to hear how their music sounds live, I have a strong feeling that I will not be disappointed if I do. If you want to find out where they are playing next or want to find out more about the band then head over to their website at MollyAnnaBand.com. You can also follow their adventures on their social media sites at Facebook and Twitter.
As a big fan of the music of the Molly Anna Band so I will be supporting them on my social media sites. I am a big believer in supporting the music that matters to me, especially independent music as it needs our help to grow. So, if you are liking the music by the Molly Anna Band then go tell the world about them today!!