INTERVIEW: Molly Anna Band
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey yourselves, thanks for chatting to us! We are good, I hope you are too!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Horrorshow”?
Horror Show is about pretending everything’s ok until you snap and you can’t anymore. It’s about a time when I was really depressed, which distorted my view of reality a bit. It was the first song I wrote that was unashamedly about how I was feeling. When you’re struggling with things, it can be tempting to self-censor and write what you think people want to hear rather than the truth. In Horror Show I lay it all bare… It was pretty scary. But it seems to resonate with a lot of people so that feels good, and it was my first step into braver songwriting. I love what the band have done with it too, the way it starts from nothing with calm vocals and piano, but by the end it’s erupted into a massive, gut-wrenching chorus.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It was more lots of small things that snowballed into something bigger. Alternating between unemployment and minimum wage jobs, having to move back in with my parents, a break-up, etc. Looking back, I had a lot to deal with!
How was the film experience?
It was fun! And stressful! We were chosen to be part of the SYFN’s ‘2Weeks2MakeIt’ music video contest. The idea is you get matched with a film maker you’ve never met before and have two weeks to collaborate on a video. Through a series of mishaps, we ended up only having one evening to film the whole thing, but our film maker, (Danny from Grit Street) was really on it and helped us make an impressive video in a short amount of time. We were surprised and honoured to win ‘Best Song’ Award, as there were so many other great musicians involved.
The single comes off your new album Ghosts – what’s the story behind the title?
All of the tracks are about dealing with the past before you can move forward, the ghosts that still haunt you, I guess. It’s named after a line from our track ‘The Gun’ in particular, about clinging onto something/one long after you should have let go:‘You hold me with all you have but I’m a ghost in your arms – I’m already gone.’
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was tough at times; as I mentioned before I was struggling with an urge to self-censor, and I worried a lot about what people would think. It was really rewarding though and the process of writing actually helped me deal with a lot of things better. The recording process took a long time because Mike (co-founder of MAB) was recording and producing everything himself, but I’m glad we did it that way. It meant we had complete creative control.
What led you to write an album about depression?
Depression has a habit of taking over your life, so there wasn’t much else for me to write about! Once I started, people started responding to our songs and I realised that there were a lot of people who had been through similar things. It spurred me on.
Did the supernatural also played a role in the music?
Ha, not really. I wish it had, it sounds fun. But no, Ghosts only refers to shadows of the past in this instance…
Any plans to hit the road?
We did an acoustic tour back in March/April that went really well, but we’re really looking forward to touring with the full band sound! I’m looking to organise a UK tour for early 2017.
What else is happening next in Molly Anna Band’s world?
At the moment we’re working hard on new material and playing live. We have a few exciting dates coming up, like supporting Kate Jackson (ex Long Blondes) on June 5th at Picture House Social, Sheffield.
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