Well about 2 weeks ago i interviewed Lee Southhall(The Coral) and Molly Jones.
We talked about his new project with Molly Jones and the future and the past of one of the greatest bands of my generation ''The Coral''
Here are some very interesting things Lee and Molly told me.
Spir:First of all Hello to Both,Greetings from the sunny Greece.
Lee you've been to Greece Before with The Coral on a festival with The White Stripes Headliners,what do you remember?
Lee:I remember that the gig called off half way through their set due to bad weather.
Spir:Molly were you singing somewhere before you do this project with Lee,in a band or on your own?
Your voice reminds me a combination of Susan Christie and Margo Guryan.
Molly:Yes..i come from a family of folk musicians.
My father Steve tilston(a well known singer-songwriter here in england) and my mother Maggie Boyle(irish traditional singer).I was Also on the same label as The Coral for a brief period of time.
I started out performing around the city of liverpool at the age of 17.
I played guitar and performed on my own mainly.
Spir:How was it to perform on your own?
Molly:Great but i feel better just putting my heart and soul into vocals on stage as i prefer to use my voice as an instrument,i prefer playing with Lee as his guitar ability is much stronger than mine ever was and will be!I joined the label Deltasonic just after the coral had released ''Roots and Echoes''.
Spir: so you are callaborating with Lee now,who writes the songs,tell me about the process.
Molly:Well Lee will sit around the house playing different styles on the guitar,all of which i like!
I will wait until the melody comes and i will catch it and ride the wave.
Lee writes the tunes and i write the words and melodies.
It just seems to work,everything he plays i find quite easy to turn to a song.
Spir:How many songs you guys have?
Molly:About 16,..put it this way,we have an album on the way.
Spir:I have an inevitable question now..what is going on with The Coral,or it's just a break between the members of the band Lee?
Lee:The Coral are still together..we have been touring and recording since we were 15 and we are all enjoying separate projects at this moment in time.
It won't be long until we make another album.We are all very much a unit!
Spir:So and the other members will release an album?
Lee:Yeah they are working on solo projects.
Spir:Tell me the story behind your first song ''Painted Lady''.
Molly:The story of the song really comes from tales of different folk songs my mother used to sing.
It's a folk song from my imagination about a lady whose loves is away at sea and she falls for her Gypsy Davy.
''Gypsy Davy'':Gypsy-a traveller,Davy-his name.
Spir:How do you imagine the sounds in the album,is it gonna be a psych,folky album?
Have you heard of Hope Sandoval-Mazzy Star?
We would like it to sound like early Led Zeppelin but with a female vocal and a bit of Coral of course.
Spir:Does The Coral have new songs set for a record?
Lee:Yeah we did have a lot of songs we were working on and they were very good,but the coral write so many songs all the time.
Spir:What do you have to tell me about Bill Ryder jones Departure back in 2007?
Lee:When Bill Left was a tough period,he was my best friend and we learnt the guitar together and we shared great moments so the band had to pull together,but that made us stronger in a way and Butterfly house is a great record.
Spir:How did you react when you heard Bill's first album?(IF)
Molly:Well it has been on the pipeline for a while,i met bill for the first time about 4 years ago,so the album is probably a lot different in my ears than yours as i understand the process,which is good and bad thing.It means i can take bill's music for granted sometimes.
Let me tell you something though,Bill is a very special soul,i am more interested in spending a little time with bill than listening to his music sometimes.
Spir:Can you tell me some of your favourite bands,or records you were listening while creating the songs?
Lee:Well i listen to loads of fleetwood mac when peter green was there,bert jansch,john martyn,led zeppelin,chris smither,joni mitchell and of course The Beatles.
Molly:The mamas and the papas,the verve,the stone roses,joni mitchell too.
Spir:Do you have a daily job apart from the music?
Lee:Well i'm going to apply for a guitar teaching at the local school.
Spir:Molly do you believe you're gonna have a great journey in music with lee?
Molly:Yes i believe we will but sometimes i'm wrapped in doubt,but i do believe.
I believe in the songs,i believe this is what we were meant to do and i believe this is all we can do....
After a while Lee and Molly sit me down and asked me questions about my music and why i interviewed them...
Lee Southall and Molly Jones are gonna release a record soon,they have the songs and they also want to come for a Gig in Greece..
They are both amazing persons.
This is their Music so far roughly recorded and performed live..