We caught up with Australia’s MOLLY AND THE KRELLS about their latest single Expectations

Release last month, Expectations is helping the band’s following grow, both in Australia and further afield. We chatted to Blake, who plays bass and supplies the vocals.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and how did you all meet?

We’re a punk rock band from Sydney, Australia with a penchant for honesty and angst!

You guys have a pretty interesting name. Where did it come from?

The name came from not having a name! It was such a gruelling endeavour trying to decide on something as a band that we collectively decide to just not think about it. Literally the next conversation we had was about drugs and thinking up as many pseudonyms for them as possible then our drummer at the time just went “What about ‘Molly And The Krells’? and we’re like “Done! Lock it in!”

If you were to sum up the band in three words, what would you say?

Honest punk rock.

You recently released your latest single Expectations. Can you tell us a bit about what it means to you as a band?

Expectations is a song of growth and being able to overcome the adversities that we all harbour within ourselves. The complexes we develop by comparing ourselves to others & the deflating clout that, like clockwork, hits at 3am making us question all the choices we’ve made in life up to this point and how, perhaps, we haven’t lived up to the expectations of the people that mean the most to us.

It offers a cure to all of this negative and jaded language through the chorus in the way it hits with it’s uplifting energy – finding ways to deal with those destructive thoughts via a healthy coping mechanism. 

To me, that mechanism is music and the people I feel most comfortable around – my friends. Being able to hang out, laugh and listen to music is an amazing anti-depressant for me and the one I chose to use as a shining example in the song.

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

We have a bunch of new tunes ready to go and a few new ones we’re working on but thanks to all the lockdowns, recording studios are now like hairdressers and tattoo studios where they’re backed up for AGES with all the clients that were meant to be recording on dates in lockdown so we’re just biding our time till we’re able to get back in and get some of them down!

Do you have any help with the writing and recording process for your music?

Our process kind of works like this: I’ll write a song on an acoustic and get the skeleton of the song done (lyrics, melody and chords) and once it all sits right at its core, I’ll take it to the band and get our drummer, Chip, to work on drum parts, and Dan & Ian will start coming up with cool countermelodies and other ideas to bring the song to life. Once we’ve got it to a place that we’re happy with it, we put it in the trusted hands of our producer who’ll sprinkle the sparkle on top.

What advice would you give to those looking to make their own music? 

Find people that you want to be in a band with, that are your friends, not just ‘someone you’re in a band with’. If they don’t have much band experience, but are willing to learn and always asking questions, that’s SO much better than having someone that knows how to do things but just can’t be fucked. Drive is everything. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Make music for yourselves, the implication is selfish but it’s not intended in a way to be perceived as if you’re fucking off the rest of the world but what I mean is that the minute you start thinking “we need to write a song like ‘this band’ because people like ‘this band’ ”, your integrity goes out the window. Make the music that YOU want to write and find your crowd.

What is one thing no one ever told you being a musician would be like?

You’re gonna feel shit a lot. The highs are high and the lows are lows. There’s ALWAYS going to be someone out there better than you but don’t get caught up in it. Music isn’t a competition. See how your story grows and let it come from your own mind.

Where can we find out more about you?

Here are all our social links for you!
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3iD1kYpzce95SL4kRnHUz9?si=IEIlF5XbTUG1-qYO7-lvyA
Bandcamp: https://mollyandthekrells.bandcamp.com/track/expectations
Merch: https://mollyandthekrells.bigcartel.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollyandthekrells
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollyandthekrells/

Email: mollyandthekrells@gmail.com

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Immerse yourself in your local scene, there’s so much great music out there, don’t let a small price tag on a door fee fool you into thinking it won’t be an awesome night. There are so many bands out there that will put on a better show for $10 than an international act will for $80. 

And that last point is something I 100% agree with, grassroots music is where so many big artists started up, and you can have so much fun at a small gig!

I’d like to thank Blake for taking the time to answer my questions and I want to wish him and the rest of the band the best of luck with their new music.

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