Dirty Dozen: Molly’s Kiss

Molly’s Kiss is a folk band,  lost in the middle of France, composed of a guitar, an accordion, two voices and the will to give simple and catchy songs. Folk melodies, rock energy and generosity! Molly’s Kiss doesn’t like to beat around the bush and cuts to the chase – honest, genuine, human. Terribly human.

 Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
We’re a folk band, based in Clermont-Ferrand, a city lost in the middle of France. The band is composed of vocalist Madeline Besson, accordionist Alexandre Tobie, and me, Nicolas Rozier, as vocalist and guitarist.

Madeline and I are the founding members. We began performing together in 2014. Alex joined us in 2015.

Initially, Madeline is a metal fan. But she ended up in a folk band, and she enjoys that! This story is related in our song “Fork on the Road”

I write all the songs. The lyrics are inspired both by American, English and French songwriters. We’ve already played a lot of shows in different countries (France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary) and we’re always ready to hit the road and share our good mood!

How would you describe your music?
Genuine folk songs you can play anytime, anywhere. Rock energy. Ironic lyrics. A desire to share.

Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
We’re really big fans of the Lumineers, Jack White, the Tallest man on Earth, Eddie Vedder, Nickel Creek, we also like Nirvana, especially their acoustic set… Of course, we also like legends like Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Mississippi John Hurt, Joni Mitchell…

What are you currently promoting?
Our latest EP “Molly’s Kiss”

Have you got a particular song you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of, one that might define you?
“Sad Stories”

What are you currently listening to?
“Nothing Arrived” (acoustic) by Villagers, and Johnny Flynn

And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn’t do without?
The Lumineers by The Lumineers

What are your hopes for your future career?
We would like to travel and meet people, play both in living rooms and on big festival stages.

If money were no object what would be your dream project?
The same.

What’s the best thing about being a musician?
Music connects people (It may be a bit cliché to say that )

And the worst?
In France, when you’re a folk musician who doesn’t want to use digital effects, auto-tune, computers … a lot of music programmers ignore you because they only swear by electronic music.

Finally, have you anything you’d like to say to the readers of Americana UK?
If you enjoy our music and if you have a garden, a living room, a live music venue or a stadium, call us! We’ll come and play!

Author: Rudie Hayes

Rudie is the weekly host of the syndicated radio show – The Horseshoe Lounge Music Session – playing the best American Roots and hosting terrific live guests.

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