Cultivating great musical taste

Obsession of the Moment: Molotov Jukebox

Natalia Tena VIII

Natalia Tena VIII (Photo credit: tamara.craiu)

They’re like nothing I’ve heard before, they’re a lively, jazzy number complete with trumpet and accordion. It’s when you try to put a word to their style that you realise that gypstep, which they have dubbed themselves, is more than perfect.

Their music is fun, which you can’t really say about a lot of music lately. With a couple of EPs to their name, Bang and Double Dare, Molotov Jukebox are certainly starting to make an impression. With the sultry vocals of Natalia Tena backed up with the exuberant mix of trumpet, accordion and violin it makes it very difficult not to fall in love with them.

At a time when the only music about seems to be the repetitiveness of dance, or shoddy attempts at an emotive songs about heartbreak it’s completely exhilarating to have something so fresh and alive making the rounds.

 Anyway, enough of the gushing, you want to hear more about their music right? Well like I said it’s full of sultry vocals, but even that doesn’t mean the songs are too heavy or serious.  Don’t Panic, which can be found on 2012 EP Bang, starts off in a serious manner, all slow-paced and lethargic as if you were trying to walk through porridge. It sounds very much like a traditional jazz song but in just over a minute they throw off the shackles and strike up a tune that is impossible to ignore. It burrows its way into your head and soon enough you’ll be merrily humming along.   

It hits you all at once just how brilliant they are, in fact it’s as if they’re pummeling you over the head with that trumpet and do you know what? You enjoy it, because a trumpet has never sounded so good before. 

Don’t Panic isn’t even the best they have to offer! From the same EP is Trying. It’s an unassuming four-minute track with a fantastic intro and the energy that buzzes throughout is astonishing. The chorus is annoyingly (in a good way) catchy and you might just happen to find yourself singing along to it in the middle of a crowded store. It ends in such a brilliant way too, it sounds so moody and atmospheric.

Then there’s Soldieress’s Lament, a wonderfully jaunty tune that keeps you hooked from the very start to the very end, it really is amazing how much energy they have.

Some of you, who already know the band, might be going ‘hang on a sec there’s something else quite important that you haven’t mentioned!’ Well, the reason I haven’t mentioned the fact that Natalia Tena is the very same person who played Tonks in Harry Potter and Osha in Game of Thrones is because she deserves to be known for this band just as much as her acting roles. I won’t deny that it was because of her part as Tonks that I checked out the band but that’s not the reason why I listen to them. I listen to them for their music which I very much hope you will all enjoy!

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6 responses

  1. The song is quite cool, but the video is very strange! Haha. 🙂

    13/06/2012 at 3:39 pm

    • Ha, I liked the video because it was strange, the song is very catchy.

      13/06/2012 at 5:46 pm

  2. Ohh and also, do you like/have you heard of The Pretty Reckless? I love em’ one of my favourite bands 🙂

    13/06/2012 at 5:41 pm

    • Yes! Make Me Wanna Die is an awesome song, so is Miss Nothing.

      13/06/2012 at 5:47 pm

  3. I like the way the trumpet sounds in the song; reminds me of the big band sounds of Cab Calloway a little bit. Not really a jazz fan, but this was an interesting listen.

    14/06/2012 at 3:49 pm

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