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Molotov Jukebox - Borderline, London, 6/12/2012

  by Tom Fogarty

published: 6 / 12 / 2012

Molotov Jukebox - Borderline, London, 6/12/2012


Tom Fogarty at the Borderline in London watches Molotov Jukebox, the band of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ actress and accordion player Natalia Tena, play an explosive set of their infectious and upbeat rock

I have a confession to make. Molotov Jukebox are my current favourite band, after Joana and The Wolf split up back in 2011. I first saw them playing in the Badger tent at Secret Garden Party last year, and have been a staunch fan ever since. They were actually due to play there again this year, but sadly had to pull out at the last minute - so it was with great excitement that I was able to see them at The Borderline, a mere ten minute walk from where I work. Molotov Jukebox are a London-based six-piece who are rapidly building up a hardcore following. They tour relentlessly round the UK festival scene, as well in places such as Italy and a recent stint in Brazil. Their music is upbeat, catchy and above all else, infectious. I have yet to see an audience that was unreceptive to their flamboyant Spanish-enthused musical medleys. Much of their popularity comes from their beautiful and charismatic lead singer, Natalia Tena (star of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’) , who also plays the accordion in a lively and beguiling manner on stage. This is not to detract from the other band members, however, who play with a real enthusiastic gusto - giving the impression that they are jamming - when really they are a very talented and tidy outfit. In addition to the accordion, there are horns, trumpets, violins and harmonies aplenty, and there is a fun vibe that enthuses their sets. It is not hard to see why they are quickly becoming popular. Their music blends many sources of inspiration - such as Espanic, Latino, calypso, dub and pop - and their sounds has been coined "Gyp-step" by their fans and the press. They played the second night of their current UK tour at The Borderline and the fans were clearly not disappointed. It is also plain to see that Molotov Jukebox are relishing the experience and revel in the performance they put on. It is strange that they didn't decide to play this hometown shown for the finale of their tour? They start with the highly addictive and captivating ‘I Need It’ and the small but keen crowd are dancing instantly. They follow up with the fan-favourite, ‘Give It a Go’ (featuring the jingle from the Super Mario Brothers computer game), which never fails to raise a smile. They follow suit, playing all the popular songs from their back catalogue, including ‘Double Dare’, ‘Gypsy Funeral’ and ‘Don't Panic’. Although, a fantastic live band to see - it seems a shame that they have not yet released a full album (having previously only released an EP to date) - so it would be great to see a studio release from them in 2013. In the meantime, check them out – it is only a matter of time before they play a gig near you!

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Molotov Jukebox - Borderline, London, 6/12/2012

Molotov Jukebox - Borderline, London, 6/12/2012

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