Brian Fallon has earned his stripes amongst rock and roll fans and critics as the frontman of New Jersey's The Gaslight Anthem, but the vocalist and guitarist has never been shy of exploring his creativity in other projects.
We first heard The Horrible Crowes, which saw Fallon team up with Gaslight guitar tech Ian Perkins to create, as Fallon calls it, a mellower "night-time" album in 2011's Elsie. That outlet permitted Fallon to focus on writing The Gaslight Anthem's stellar fourth studio LP, Handwritten, which dropped in 2012.
Now that TGA is gearing up for a fifth full-length later this year, it doesn't come as a surprise that Fallon is again channeling some creativity into another new project. He called on former Plow United frontman Brian McGee, bassist / backing vocalist Catherine Popper (she formerly filled the same role while touring with Ryan Adams and Grace Potter) and drummer Randy Schrager to round out a new semi-supergroup called Molly and The Zombies.
The act made its debut on December 27 at The Bouncing Souls' hometown holiday show, performing a short set of three original songs and two covers. Two of the originals – "Sketchy" and "Red Lights" – are now available to stream below!
While The Horrible Crowes served as Fallon's outlet for a more soulful sound, these first two Molly and The Zombies recordings take a more Bob Dylan-inspired Americana direction. "Red Lights" is the standout of the two tracks, featuring Popper's warm backing vocals and an easy acoustic melody.
The new music was dropped without comment from the band, so there's no confirmation on whether these are two random demos or if we'll get a full studio EP or full album this year. As always with a prolific songwriter like Fallon, it's fun to wonder whether these Americana stylings will seep further into future Gaslight Anthem output (it wouldn't be new territory), or if he's purging these influences so he can create an even more loud, rocking Gaslight record.