AEVES (from l-r): Molly O’Malley, Matt Adam
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
In 2015, Molly O’Malley and Matt Adam, two long time friends from Kentucky, decided to join forces and embark on a new musical project, the result of which being Aeves, an outfit that combine politically-charged punk rock with vibrant electronic pop.
With the help of their late close friend and mentor, influential local music figure Bryan Puckett, the duo put together a debut EP, ‘Ignite’.
Since that came out in the summer of 2016, the band have been hard at work honing their craft and evolving their sound.
Now, almost two years on, they have released a second EP, ‘Desire’, which the two-piece worked on in Los Angeles with Marc Walloch, former member of indie rockers Company Of Thieves and alternative rock collective Awolnation.
Both Molly and Matt spoke to me about how their new offering was put together, what can be expected of it, and how they coped with the sad passing away of Puckett.
How did the band form?
MOLLY O’MALLEY: Matt and I went to middle school together, and we’ve been friends since then. We grew up playing music in separate bands and doing our own projects and such, until both of those said projects bit the dust.
We were talking about how we both wanted to continue to pursue music and our passions, and so we decided to work together, and that’s what happened. Now, here we are.
How did the name Aeves come about?
MOLLY: We wanted a name that we felt meant a lot to us, and also something that represented us. It means “those who fly” in Latin, and we both grew up taking Latin. We wanted this project to feel liberating and free, and we imagine that’s what flying feels like, and so we added in our own little symbol and that is where Aeves comes from.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
MOLLY: Well, generally Matt writes the lyrics, and I adjust them and fix things accordingly, and write all the music and melodies, and lyrics. Obviously, we toss ideas back and forth and sometimes the roles are reversed, but for the most part that’s our magic formula.
We generally write to let out our emotions, what we’re feeling, and just to say what we want to say.
What inspires the band lyrically?
MATT ADAM: Lyrically, I take inspiration from things going on in my life. An example is ‘Wild Hearts’; it was right after the presidential election in 2016 when I wrote the lyrics. “You won the battle, but you won’t win the war” is what I felt about Donald Trump taking office, I wanted the song to be an anthem for those out there protesting.
In the summer of 2016, you brought out your debut EP, ‘Ignite’. How was the reaction to that?
MOLLY: It was generally pretty positive. Of course, not everyone is going to like what you do, and not everyone is going to be your number one fan. Heck, even sometimes your friends that you thought would support you in fact don’t, and it sucks, but you get over it.
However, when it comes down to it, the fact that anyone out there at all gives a fraction of a care is an emotion that I cannot begin to express. I have so much gratitude that anyone cares at all.
That EP was put together with the help of influential Louisville music figure Bryan Puckett, who sadly passed away a few months after its release. As he was a close friend and the band’s mentor, was deciding to end Aeves a possibility?
MOLLY: Definitely not.
MATT: I don’t think so. We knew immediately that we wanted to make Puckett proud. It took us a couple of months to gather what happened, with him being our closest friend. There is honestly not a day that goes by that we don’t think about him. He made such an impact on everyone’s lives.
MOLLY: Puckett believed in us so much. He was actually supposed to head out to the west coast with us when we went to record. Unfortunately, he passed before then, but that just made us want to try even harder. I miss that dude so much.
Today, the band has unveiled their second EP, ‘Desire’. You both flew over to Los Angeles to work on it with Marc Walloch, formerly of Company Of Thieves and Awolnation. How was the experience of working with him, as well as the overall recording process?
MOLLY: Marc is awesome. What a great dude. We all totally just got on well, and he got what we were going for, and he was easy to work with. We’re hoping to work with him again soon, if the fates allow. I’m super stoked for what he’s doing now.
The recording process was very fun. We were in the studio for like 12-16 hours every day, but it was well worth it. I am so proud of the way the songs turned out, and I cannot wait for everyone to hear them.
How will this new release differ from ‘Ignite’?
MOLLY: I feel like this time around, we were a lot more confident in what we wanted to do and what we were going for. We had things we wanted to say, and things that we wanted to share, and I think that while listening to the collection of songs on ‘Desire’, it shows.
What are your plans now the EP has come out?
MOLLY: We’re scheduling some shows, and we’ve already been writing for the next release. We’re scoping out the landscape of our future, and we’re riding the wave.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
MOLLY: Honestly, just to do what we love. It would be super sick to play music the rest of my life.
‘DESIRE’, THE SECOND EP FROM AEVES, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, BANDCAMP, SOUNDCLOUD & THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.aevesmusic.com
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