State Champs, Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco recently performed at the Teragram Ballroom.
And photog Mallory Turner was there to shoot the show and capture some portraits.
Molly Marlette is a former “show-biz kid” who is now a vibrant popster with a captivating new single: “Do Me A Favor.” Photog Anna Maria Lopez recently hung out with her to ask some questions and shoot some fun pics.
You’ve lived in Hollywood your whole life. How has the neighborhood changed over the years?
“I have a somewhat delusional view of Los Angeles so it’s hard for me to say. I pretend the sign on the hill still says ‘Hollywoodland.’ It’s like, to me L.A. is still the place where people go to dream. You know? Where stars are born. I’ll walk past the Chase Bank parking lot across from Chateau Marmont and picture the old Garden of Allah Hotel that used to be there with Charlie Chaplin and William Faulkner hanging out.”
You’ve been a trained tap dancer since childhood. Do you ever incorporate this into your live shows?
“I have actually! We put a mic in a box that I stood on and I looped some things. I also did for the intro of ‘Cause for Concern’ on my last album.”
You have a very fun aesthetic filled with color. Where does your inspiration for this come from?
“My inspiration comes from old MGM musicals, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, and also David Bowie. I would love to work with someone who aspires to be the next Edith Head.”
Your pet Pomeranian, Theodore, is rather famous for his aqua blue fur. How did he end up this way?
“Theodore is groomed by the fabulous Jess Rona. I had seen her work before and told her to do whatever inspired her. He’s actually pink now! It’s completely organic, non-toxic, vegan, and pet-friendly.”
Your latest single, “Do Me A Favor,” is a synth-laden pop blast and a departure from your debut album The Robber and the Boy. What inspired your new sound?
“I’ve always wanted to do something like that and it felt right at the time. I grew up listening to [George] Gershwin and [Henry] Mancini and those are my biggest influences in terms of writing. But I remember when I was twelve getting a Happy Meal from McDonald’s that had a little MP3 player with ‘Stronger’ by Britney Spears. I think they were called HitClips. My twelve-year-old mind was blown. I remember being really confused because I wanted to do something like that but it didn’t fit in my Judy Garland box of goals. More recently I decided to mix them.”
Your music video for “Do Me A Favor” shot scenes at Vincent Lamouroux’s “Projection” installation, the “Bates Motel,” in Silver Lake. How did this come about?
“I was driving by on Sunset [Boulevard] and I saw this completely whitewashed motel –the palm trees and the sign and everything– and I knew that had to be the location. It was perfect. We got permission from the artist and the gallery but I still had to climb the fence in a white mini skirt to get in.”
What can you tell us about your forthcoming album?
“I’m working on more music. It won’t be too long this time.”
What made you decide to do a residency?
“We just finished recording a new EP, Ripper, which we will be releasing at the end of this month. It’s been awhile since we’ve released any new material and we’ve held back on playing shows lately so the residency is a good chance for people to come out and see us and hear our new stuff.”
Why did you choose The Echo?
“I think The Echo is a milestone for any kid growing up in L.A. to want to play a show at. Everyone passing through L.A. on tour played on that stage at one point in their career. It’s the biggest small venue if that makes any sense.”
Who are your opening bands?
“Still ironing out some of this but right now our friends The Buttertones featuring Sean [Redman] from Cherry Glazerr, Wild Wing, The Pesos, and Cg Roxanne and the Nightmares which is Marlon [Rabenreither] from Gold Stars new band.”
What other Los Angeles-based bands do you admire?
“Ty Segall is an insane machine putting out so much good music it blows my mind. Chad who plays with Ty in Fuzz is amazing as well as his main project Meatbodies. Also FIDLAR, Bleached, Tijuana Panthers –but I think they’re actually from Long Beach, Cherry Glazerr, Together Pangea, No Parents… there’s so much good music coming out of L.A. right now it’s hard to keep up. Oh and technically X are still active. So X.”
Do you have a pre-show ritual?
“Just finding one another before a show is difficult enough. I don’t think we’d ever have time for a ritual.”
What can we expect from your set every week?
“It’s gonna be loud and it’s gonna be fun. We’re playing a bunch of new songs we haven’t played for anyone yet so we’re pretty excited about that.”
What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echo?
“Just to have a good time.”
What are you looking forward to the most?
“Playing with a bunch of rad bands and friends.”