from http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/05/30/brian-fallon-talks-molly-zombies/9762947/Brian Fallon talks Molly and the ZombiesAlex Biese, @ABieseAPP 11:30 a.m. EDT May 30, 2014
Brian Fallon, frontman of the New Brunswick-originated Gaslight Anthem, is delving into material he descries as "couch songs" with his new band, the Americana-leaning Molly and the Zombies.
"You just sit on the couch and you watch a movie or you put on TV and you strum some chords around and you just sort of let it happen," said Fallon, a Red Bank native who still lives in the Monmouth County area. "It's got to feel natural, you can't really labor over it too much. A lot of times with these songs, you sing the melody first and then you figure out what the chords are later, and you end up using chords you may not have used before. It sort of plays itself.
"It's such a long tradition of music that I don't think there's any reinventing of the wheel with that. So, you kind of know where you're going. It's a little more fenced-in than rock music is, because there are specifics that you sort of want to follow. You don't have to, but you would want to in that kind of music, to make it feel more authentic and traditional in the melody."
Fallon and his fellow Zombies – Plow United frontman Brian McGee, bassist/backing vocalist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jack White) and Scissor Sisters drummer Randy Schrager – recorded five tracks in February at the Red Bull Studios in New York City, which are now streaming online.
The band performs 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, with support from Dave Hause and Jared Hart of the Scandals as part of the Red Bull Sound Select concert series.
Molly and the Zombies made their live debut in December at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, supporting the Bouncing Souls as part of the Jersey punk heroes' annual Home for the Holidays throw-down.
"We'd been working on the band for a few months and we were just sort of goofing around and singing songs and learning them," Fallon said. "And, the opportunity came where the Bouncing Souls asked if I would be interested in playing their Home for the Holidays show. I said, 'Yeah, and I've got this little band that I play with for fun.' And they were like, 'Oh, OK, sure, play whatever you want.' So, we said, 'How about we do this as the first show?'
"And, it kind of worked out cool, because Home for the Holidays is a great local event and it does a lot for Asbury in a dead season. It was just a cool way to debut it."
And the band, which Fallon said takes its name from the classic Roky Erickson track "I Walked with a Zombie," was welcomed into town with open arms by the Guinness World Record-holding New Jersey Zombie Walk.
"One of the nicest things that ever happened was the day of the show at the Stone Pony, we got a package," Fallon said. "It was a box and they said, 'It's for you guys.' And we were like, 'What do you mean? Who even knows we're here?' I don't think, at the time, anyone knew who it was in the band.
"But, they sent us shirts and stickers and posters, it was so cool, from the Zombie Walk. And we all passed them out to each other and we all split up the box and took everything. We were touched a little bit that at our first show somebody had reached out to us, locally. And it was actually a bigger deal than maybe people would think it as, because to us it was really, really welcoming and cool."