After awildysuccessful reunion show in late 2018, Melbourne rockersMolerare back on the scene with new music for the first time in over twenty years. The new single,Work– a cover of theMoe Tuckeroriginal – is classicMoler; heavy hitting and full of intensity. The group have also recorded two additional tracks,Cold CallingwithDavid Peacockon vocals andMe ToowithHelenCattanachon vocals. These two new songs are only available on the physical EPWork,which is available exclusively at upcomingMolershows. Fans can catch the band live and get their hands on the complete new EP at theWorksingle launch at The Toff In Town on May 11.
Consisting ofmembersHelenCattanach(Helcat) on bass guitar/lead vocals,Julien Poulsonon lead guitar withDavid Peacock,Molerbroke onto the scene in the mid-90s with their five track EPOn Special– and the rest is history; acoveted record deal with Mushroom Records offshoot, Infectious Records, triple j high rotation, ARIA nominations, and killer support slots alongside international actsWeezerandAsh, as well as much loved localsThe Fauves, Cosmic PsychosandMagic Dirt. According to music journalist, music historian and authorIan McFarlane,“[Moler] built-up a buzz around the Melbourne independent scene with its mix of noisy guitar fuzz, hard-driving beats, strident pop melodies andCattanach’salternatelysweet’n’purringand aggressive vocals.“
Workwas first released byMoe TuckerofThe Velvet Undergroundin the 80s, but with a uniqueMolerspin, alongside cutting and insightful lyrics, it feels timeless. Speaking on how the song became the first new single fromMolerin over 20 years,Helenexplains,“When we got together for our 25th reunion show, many ideas were bandied around, even a whole album concept… an album that would possibly describe middle Australia, what it is like living in the spread out burbs of Melbourne (that of which Daveand Iknow all too well). WhenIheard MoeTucker’s songWork, it spoke to me – exactly what it is to just work and survive on the minimum wage. I was listening to her albums and thinking of ideas for maybe a futureMoleralbum. When we went into the studio at the last minuteIbought out her song,Work, that I had learned as a warm up. It was so good we ran with it. I mean she worked withThe Velvet Underground….how cool is that!”
After the rush of a successful reunion gig at the Curtin Hotel last year,Molerwent to the recording studio the very next day to record an impressive total offive new songs in just one day – talk about a quick turnaround! Helenelaborates,“We had no preparation but to throw some paint at the walls. Extra vocal and guitars took another couple of months over the two countries we live in.Pretty quick really! IdgeatSoundParkset us up to record, then Michael Alonso took over the reigns. Michael Alonso had worked with us back in the day at BirdlandStudios, he’s recorded bands like Cosmic Psychos, Magic Dirt and Area 7.Additional guitar tracks were also recorded at 60 Road studios in Cambodia by Steve Bloxham who has worked with Julien’s band The Cambodian Space Project. LindsayGravinarecorded most of our early work so it made sense to ask him to mix our latest single. We can’t speak highly enough of Lindsay and what he has contributed to the Australian music industry.”
So, armed with new music, classic hits, and a bunch of unheardb-sides,Molerare ready to hit the stage yet again for fans old and new. Giving a taste of what to expect from the upcoming shows,Helenenthuses,“Lots of our early work, including our popular singles back in the day andb-sidesthat maybe not many people have heard. Of course we will be playing our latest release. It may be loose but it will be fun. Who knows if and when we may do it again!”
WorkbyMoleris out Friday May 10
MOLER‘WORK’ SINGLE LAUNCH
SAT MAY 11|THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC| 18+**WITH THE MERCY KILLS & PAUL