Two years after their acclaimed debut EP, Dancing for Money, UK rockers Molly Karloff have uncaged its successor in the fiery shape of Supernaturalation, a collection of songs which quite simply and hungrily demand attention.
Oxford based, the trio of vocalist/guitarist Simon Guilliard, bassist Dan Podbery, and drummer Jowie Adkins has bred and earned a strong reputation for their high-energy performances and a similarly energetic sound bred on hard rock, grunge, and punk ‘n’ roll inspiration. The Dancing for Money EP back in 2018 more than alerted the UK rock scene of their rousing presence and though it has taken a couple of years to follow that potent introduction, Supernaturalation not so much builds on the success of its predecessor than leaves it in its dynamic wake.
Unleashing a vocal dispute with the issues life endures, Supernaturalation swiftly rips into attention with its title track, the EP opener dangling an instant hook impossible not to bite on as bass and drums add further thick bait. It is an entrapment which continues to grip as Guilliard’s similarly potent and energetic tones erupt. Familiarity and individuality collude in the track’s rousing roar, boldness of imagination which only grows more fertile across the release adding greater drama to the enterprisingly crafted encounter.
It is a great start to the EP which She Said, its lead single only reinforces. With slightly less energy but just as magnetic intensity, the track builds its might and roar resulting in a chorus which explodes on the ears as a rich climax to appetite nagging verse and creative escalation.
As stirring and thickly enjoyable as both tracks are, the pinnacle of the release for these ears comes across the next pair of Do You Wanna? and Do It Again. The first of the pair is pure virulence, bursting upon the senses with insatiable hunger with its riffs as predacious as they are contagious. A ferocious fusion of grunge lined hard rock and primal punk rock, the track swiftly proved irresistible, hooks a passion scything lure and rhythms a ravenous incitement within an enterprise which only grew more adventurous by the twist while its successor in its own individual vein proved just as viral driven and shaped by the swinging beats of Adkins and Podberry’s brooding bassline. That rhythmic unity quickly got under the skin, an addiction which bound in the guitar wiring and coaxed by the vocal prowess of Guilliard only escalated.
The Other Side brings things to a close, its funk nurtured swing the seed to another individual slab of Molly Karloff hard rock as keen to get the body bouncing as challenging, in this situation, taboos. With a fire in its belly and roar in its throat, the track provides a powerful and thickly enjoyable conclusion to one impressive and equally thrilling release.
The best rock ‘n’ roll leaves an indelible mark and incites the rebel inside, both fiercely potent traits of the Supernaturalation EP
Supernaturalation is available now through Roulette Media; available on CD and vinyl @ https://mollykarloff.co.uk/super-ep/
Pete RingMaster 13/03/2020
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