Since making their noisy presence on the UK Rock scene known, the hard-hitting, three-piece British Alt-Rock, Grunge Rock band Molly Karloff have been busy in the studio recording the tracks to their highly anticipated second studio EP, 'Supernaturalation', which is due to be released next Friday 6th March, through Roulette Media and distributed by Cargo.
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP, 'Dancing for Money' (2018), the Oxfordshire based band have toured their contagiously high-energy, hook-filled, fist pumping sound around the country, including packed venues across Oxfordshire and London’s Camden Town. Indeed, the band’s EP launch party will be held tonight at The Black Heart in Camden, London, supported by Spidervayne and Black Tree Vultures.
Comprising of Simon Guilliard (vocals, guitar), Dan Podbery (bass) and Jowie Adkins (drums), as expected, the EP embraces and evolves their unique, yet familiar Hard Rock 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 release of their debut album later this year.
Their title track was written using a baritone guitar, and right from its opening riff, the addictive hook and aggressive vocal immediately slaps you around the face (think The Offspring), setting the tone and hooks for a real foot stomping head banging groove and chorus, that takes a dig at hypocritical attitudes to drug addiction in society. Their first single released last month, 'She Said', is an infectious Hard Rock collision reminiscent of The Brew meets Black Orchid Empire (check them both out as well), with its swirling guitars intro, melodic verses, cool wah riff, punchy chorus and soaring vocals. Ironically its subject matter is all about perseverance, although you won't have to worry about that as its a track you will want to play over and over again.
The Punky guitar riff and vocal overtones of 'Do You Wanna' proves that both Punk Rock sensibilities and a unique Hard Rock sound can mix with big grooves and catchy choruses. Can't wait to see this one live tonight. Aptly, the driving rhythm assault continues with 'Do It Again' - plenty of melody and groove with another contagious chorus laid over the pumping hooks of the guitars. All about having no regrets, there are certainly no regrets in the construction of this fourth track which sees a short and frenetic guitar solo build into a crescendo before its final chorus. With its catchy, opening, foot-tapping Funk-Blues groove riff, EP closer 'The Other Side', about breaking taboos, doesn't hold back, simply delivering a straight-up, ‘four to the floor’ Hard Rock tune to finally Rock out to.
Whilst the EP lyrically captures the band giving a middle finger to numerous social issues; with a sideways dig at hypocrisy in society, musically that wild edge continues to manifest itself in their no-nonsense, addictive and distinctive attention-grabbing guitar riffs and catchy, chorus lines. Supernaturalation is certainly no Frankenstein's monster and all augurs well for their debut album later this year. In fact, I'm sure Boris & his Crypt-Kickers would love it. Molly Karloff's Supernaturalation tour continues next Friday 6th March at Oxford's The Bullingdon and concludes at The Carlisle in Hastings on Saturday 27th June.