Molly Griffin is part of the Oh Wells, an acoustic rock group from Vancouver in Canada. Molly kindly agreed to give Song Revelation an interview, telling us all about the Oh Well’s musical inspirations, their career to date and what film she’s currently watching :-). Check it out!
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Indie, Twee pop, Folk.
Q: What is your musical background?
I learnt ukulele when I was nine, and guitar from an Easy Beatles Guitar book when I was fifteen. Sarah went to Piano lessons since she was little and got up to about grade nine or ten level, and Dan has been in bass and piano lessons as well as the high school band.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
Very up and down, and ended with a bang.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I could give you our individual inspirations, but then you might come to a show expecting us to sound like Otis Redding, Led Zepplin, or Chopin. So I’ll just say for the band as a whole, our first big inspiration was an amazing band from Sweden called Hello Saferide.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Feist, She & Him, Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian, Hello Saferide, Kate Nash.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Let’s just say opening for the aforementioned list of modern day artists would be a dream come true.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
So many! But my favourites would be Fancy Satin Pillows by Wanda Jackson, Kiss that Grrl by Kate Nash, and Never Forget You by The Noisettes.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
God, whatever I can get. I have no set process, just when things come to me, it happens.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
In listening to music, for me, it’s melody. In writing, though, I work harder on lyrics. Maybe that’s just because lyrics are more difficult for me. But i would say as far as The Oh Wells go, our lyrics tend to be the most important part. We tell stories.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Pretty nice? Chill? Hard to say because we’ve never been from anywhere else.
Q: What are you currently working on?
More of the business aspect of the band right now. We only have a couple gigs coming up and our EP just came out, so we’re working on a lot of promoting and such. Well, when I say “we” it’s mostly our Manager, Ginger, doing that work.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
There’s been a few we could say. Like getting our EP recorded, winning Shindig Battle of the Bands (and therefore awesome prizes!) and so many other great opportunities. I can’t speak for the other members, but my Oh Wells highlight would probably still just be our very first gig.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Fame and fortune! We aim high.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We do! Coming up we have our show for the Seattle based battle of the bands ‘Soundoff’ which is on February 26th. Then we are playing Canadian Music Week in Toronto…but we’re not quite sure what day yet.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Lately I’ve been watching a lot of Lord of the Rings. I’m watching it right now.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Just that we have our EP is out and for sale online, and those shows coming up, and….to keep checking out our web pages for updates! We have a brand new website so it makes it easy now!
Editor’s Note: I really want to watch The Oh Wells live somewhere sometime. They’re self branded style of twee pop actually has many depths and is an enjoyable listen.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact the Oh Wells, use the links below:
web page link: www.theohwells.com
twitter link: twitter.com/theohwells
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Oh-Wells/12215917751
myspace link: www.myspace.com/theohwellsband
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOhWells
Anything else: http://theohwells.bandcamp.com/