Molly Karloff Supernaturalation CD EP Review Friday 10th February 2020

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MOLLY KARLOFF release their 5-TRACK EP "SUPERNATURALATION" on Friday 6th March 2020 through Roulette Media and distributed by Cargo, and the new single "She Said" has already had a release on 16th January.

If MOLLY KARLOFF is a new name to you, then a little introduction is in order.  Molly Karloff is not a person, but an Oxford based grunge rock band,  and are a trio made up of

Simon Guilliard - Vocals, Guitars

 Dan Podbery - Bass

 Jowie Adkins – Drums

As the name of the band and the title of the new EP suggest, there is a very strong marketing connection here with classic horror and gothic images coming immediately to mind, and a red vinyl edition of this EP continues in this themed vein.

Marketing hype is one thing, but you have to be able to produce the goods for the fans at some time and, as a band, this is actually what the band are building a solid reputation on from their live performances.  There may be a limit to how far MOLLY KARLOFF can take this image, but it can be a long one as I can think of more than a few bands that have managed to get decades out of a name and an image and build huge stage shows to support everything.

There is something about this band that I do like, and I am not sure what it is.  Perhaps some of it is an at times almost “punk” feel to the band that takes me back to some of my favourite moments in my youth.  There is on this EP a raw sound underneath the studio production that makes me want to put this band on my “see live” list for reviewing.

TRACK LISTING

  1. Supernaturalation
  2. She Said
  3. Do You Wanna?
  4. Do It Again
  5. The Other Side

With its very definitive opening riffs, its easy to see why “She Said” was chosen as the single release, and I can just see the crowds reacting to this one in crowded clubs.  I think to be fair with MOLLY KARLOFF here, they are a very good band with a lot of potential, and they are going to get a strong youth following with their sound and image.

We are living in a very visual world now where marketing companies and video and music play programmers almost demand an immediately identifiable image from any band, and MOLLY KARLOFF certainly have taken a lot of care already with their visuals and sound.  If you are as old as me though, you will maybe keep thinking of another very successful band with MOLLY in their name, MOLLY HATCHET, and equally recognisable visuals to their album covers over the years.

For me, if the band are going to continue to run with the marketing image that they have created, then there is a whole new world of gothic sounds out there to explore, and I look forward to them maybe opening some of these musical possibilities in the future.

 

Review by Tom King

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