Molly Horses: L.A. Noise-Punk Pioneers Forge DIY Soundscapes with  ‘King Dundalk’ Molly Horses
Reviewed by Sam Lowry

Molly Horses, a Los Angeles noise-punk band, blends post-punk influences with DIY ethos in their pulsating tracks “Beatty” and “King Dundalk,” exploring themes of ego, isolation, and the uncertainty of the future.

In the City of Angels, where the palm trees sway to a beat of their own, emerges the raucous noise-punk quartet known as Molly Horses. Comprising Harry James and Cormac Brown from FonFon Ru, along with Tim Wright from Ted Leo & The Pharmacists and Malcolm Watts, these four individuals have banded together, melding their backgrounds in post-punk, krautrock, and Albini-esque noise rock to concoct a sound that's as abrasive as it is mesmerizing.

Their sonic adventure began with the release of "Beatty" in December 2023, a self-recorded single that served as a harbinger of the chaos to come. Now, they're back with "King Dundalk," a track that pulsates with an unrelenting rhythm, exploring the perils of ego and the pitfalls of self-isolation. Harry James's vocals pierce through the noise, delivering a poignant commentary on the human condition, while the band's DIY ethos permeates every riff and crash.

Recorded at Train Song in the fall of 2023 by the band themselves, "King Dundalk" is a sonic journey that lingers long after the final chord fades. It's a testament to Molly Horses' ability to harness chaos and distill it into something tangible, something that resonates with listeners on a visceral level.

But Molly Horses are more than just a noise-punk band—they're storytellers, weaving tales of auto maintenance mishaps, teen labor, and the discomfort of aging into their music. With "Beatty" and "King Dundalk," they've crafted a narrative that speaks to the uncertainty of the future and the relentless march of time.

Formed in 2023 against the backdrop of the bustling metropolis, Molly Horses are a product of their environment—a reflection of the raw energy and unbridled creativity that pulses through the streets of Los Angeles. And as they gear up for the release of their debut full-length album, the band shows no signs of slowing down. With each riff and every lyric, they're carving out their own space in the musical landscape—a space where youthful dysfunction and cynical optimism collide in a symphony of noise and emotion.

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