Molly Bloom
August 13th, 2004
Brookbottom, UK

By E.O. Davies


Molly Bloom is a band which has a great deal of talent. If this was the 70s, these guys would have a major record deal. Its not and they don't !
I have long admired their debut CD (Reviewed by DPRP some months ago) This band has an eclectic mixture of styles. It is difficult to describe Molly's music. Their music includes much flute played in a style similar to Ian Anderson ( S. Dundon once toured with M. Abrahams in the This Was band). Other points of reference, include even a hint of Leonard Cohen and Madness.

However, Molly are no Tull rip of band. Molly have created their own unique style of flute tinged rock . I for one, am grateful that I have had the chance to discover their wonderful music.
I was finally able to get to one of their shows. By the end of the night the band had gained many more admirers and more than a few CD sales.
The current Molly line up is a three piece which includes S.Dundon on Flute and vocals, Tyrion Moses on acoustic guitar and Derek Smith on Mandolin and bass.
I was initially perplexed how the rhythmic nature of many of their compositions might sound without a drummer. After their opening number Mistress Winter all fears were put aside as I was treated to an hour and fifteen minutes of some of the best live music I have heard in recent years. (To put my statement into some type of perspective, I enjoyed this gig more than the recent Tull UK tour,which I attended three times)

The band played compositions from their self titled debut CD and their Green Fence EP/CD.
It was an awesome night of wonderfully constructed and performed music . The intimate venue created a perfect atmosphere for S. Dundons stories with music.
S.Dundon's Anderson type flute forays were to the fore and gave the performance of the band great depth and diversity. I particularly liked the selective use of a wah wah type effect pedal, through which Dundon was able to produce sounds not usually associated with the flute. He used this technique particularly on the song Blood. His most impressive and lengthy solo was reserved for the middle section of Bullets In this puffing and rasping flute interlude the melody of the song was emphasised and improvised. It was very good and very effective !Tyrion Moses was superb. He played at break neck speed when required, beating out melodies and complex rhythms. At other times he played some of the most beautiful and melodic guitar passages I have ever heard. I have seen many virtuoso guitar players over the years, including John Etheridge and GaryBoyle, on this night Tyrion's playing was as memorable as theirs. A mention should also be made of Derek Smith a fantastic bass and mandolin player.
Steve's vocals were excellent and wide ranging, he has the ability to sing both high and low. His overall performance was very intense, eyes closed one moment, staring wildly the next. His virtuoso screams and grunts used to illustrate some of the songs were amazing adding not detracting to the performance. The highlight of the night was a superb version of Sprite night. In this song Stevie Dundon's theatrical approach to his music was memorable. Singing the words I am insane his face contorted and appeared to spin on its axis . It was a wonderful effect, created in part by strobe lighting and dry ice, which fitted this songs study of insanity.
The band also played a number of unreleased tracks Unfinished Business and the Tull inspired ditty Naughty boys. A number of unreleased instrumental tunes which featured great flute solos were also played.
Unfortunately the wonderful if was not played.

I hope that this snippet of the Molly live experience might make you curious to check out their music. Bands with this much talent certainly deserve much wider exposure You wont be disappointed. I wasn't.

Set list in no particular order :

Mistress Winter
Sprite Night
Green Fence
Unfinished Business
Sprite Night
Stevie Winwood haircut
Bullets with my name on it
Naughty boys
Unreleased instrumentals
Waxworks
Leave me alone
50,000 camels

 

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