PHILARY (ALEX MOLINI OF PILE, STOVE, JACKAL ONASIS, ETC) SHARES “OLD LEG” WITH KERRANG!
“I COMPLAIN” OUT JUNE 28TH VIA EXPLODING IN SOUND RECORDS
Philary is sharing “Old Leg,” the project’s colossal second single with Kerrang!. The solo project of Alex Molini (Pile, Stove, Jackal Onasis) is blistering with sludge-pop fuzz on his full length debut album, I Complain. The music is heavy and abrasive but filled with enormous melodies and dense hooks that give a pop edge. Due out via Exploding In Sound Records on June 28th, Kerrang! shared “The genre title ‘sludgegaze’ might sound far-fetched, but Philary have made it an awesome reality … Philary sound like a place where Weezer and Celtic Frost collide, creating music that grinds and oozes as much as it leaps and shimmers.”
Molini has been a pivotal part of so many bands, and Philary is a chance for him to explore his songwriting, pulling from influences that include Torche, Future of the Left, and Spirit of the Beehive among others. Currently on tour in support of Pile’s Green and Gray (with Philary tour dates planned for this summer), Molini said of “Old Leg”:
“I went to my grandmas funeral in 2017 and the whole experience was both sad and inspiring. I’ve always looked up to her my whole life even though we didn’t see eye to eye with religion and politics. But regardless of my large extended family’s differing political views, she was the main force with creating a family culture of being a critical thinkers and deeply caring about one another.”
OUT JUNE 28TH (CS/MP3)
1. the unclearness is very clear
2. big big baby
3. smells like mean spirit
4. the littlest mole
6. lost time
7. clown man
8. old leg
11. yay, let’s all go
Philary’s full length debut, I Complain, began out of the motivation to continuously create, a desire encouraged by the hustle of Brooklyn, its artistic community, and beyond. ForAlex Molini (Pile, Stove, Jackal Onasis), making music is mental sustainability, whether he’s playing bass, guitar, keys, or sitting in the engineer seat. He’s made a large impact over the years, both behind the scenes and as one of the DIY community’s great utility musicians. Following an exercise in sad, slow, but thoughtful songwriting on his debut EP, Philary’s full length debut is pretty much its polar opposite, a raw and brutal eruption of heavy fuzz and alternative metal carnage.
Self recorded in his home studio (with drums recorded at Mike Thomas III’s Black Lodge in Brooklyn), Molini had a vision to create a pop album comprised of songs both as heavy and short as can be. Still packed with hooks (this is pop after all) and memorable riffs, there’s not a clean guitar in sight, a true accomplishment that happened on accident, but an accomplishment no less. The songs, almost entirely under the two minute mark, are sludgy and lumbering, but there’s an undeniable sense of fun and lightness to Molini’s songwriting, a balance in tone and personality.
Tackling a wide range of ideas in his lyrics among themes of anxiety and shifting relationships, Molini sings about everything from the legacy of his Grandmother (“Old Leg”) to the strange feelings that come with being a “full-time” musician (“The Unclearness Is Very Clear”). Lead single “Smells Like Mean Spirit” is a song about expressing your needs and in turn isolating yourself further from those you were trying to relate to. It’s the idea of looking for emotional support only to feel dumb for trying… because Molini feels dumb more often than most.
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