By Ashley Bennett
Molly Vamp (guitar, lead vocals); Angie aka Willow (drums).
CITY OF ORIGIN:
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Kiss, Dio, Helloween, Runningwild, Dokken, Ozzy Osbourne/Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Megadeth, Danzig/Misfits, Halford, Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, The Damned, 69 Eyes, Morrissey/The Smiths and Nosferatu, silent films, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, classic horror movies, summoning, Dimmu Borgir, Burzum, atmospheric music, tribal-goth, Tool, Opeth.
It was a match born in the depths of goth-rock when vocalist and guitarist Molly Vamp decided to make his one-man band (back then, using an “E-Mac” no less to write music himself) into a coupled effort. Angie, a.k.a. Willow, came into the picture and the two eventually became “a happily married metal couple.” The rest isn’t history just yet, it’s history in the making.
Molly Vamp as a band name appeared somewhere between Molly Vamp’s (the man behind the guitar and vocals) exploration through other earlier bands like Alien Sex Machine and Draculalove. With inspirations from Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, the desired visuals by this couple came forth through a pretty bad-ass gothic look that goes hand-in-hand with the music.
“A typical show for us would be very loud and entertaining, especially when there are only two people [playing] . . . I think our target audience is targeted for all types of metal fans and goth people that like the darker look,” says Molly Vamp. Our message is very positive and sometimes direct . . . People say we sound like Iron Maiden, others like Rush; it’s quite an honor to receive compliments like that. Those bands are my heroes!”
The couple is set on completing an image in line with their favorite bands. And when I say image, I mean the whole make-up shebang. “Around here there aren’t many goth-rock bands that wear blood, white paint and fancy eyeliner all year-round,” says drummer Willow.
You’ll find even more make-up and metal with the Molly Vamp duo on tour with our past Band of the Week group, Thoramay. Should you know a bassist though, it looks like this band is on the hunt for a fellow musician with similar metal influences (sooner rather than later with the end of the world being nigh and all). If this will be the last year humanity will have on Earth, Willow has a surprisingly awesome outlook on the situation. “If the world ends there’s always another stage waiting for us on the other side of the moon.”
Molly Vamp with Malicious, Slanderus at Ugly Duck Pizza, 1535 E. Highland, San Bernardino, (909) 882-9090. Fri, Aug. 17. 11pm.