The Grand Rapids band’s full-length debut album topped Michigander and Loren Johnson on the June chart. Learn more about the band and check out tracks from all five albums at Local Spins.
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When Common Molly revs up Mulligan’s Pub in Grand Rapids tonight with its “raw and ferocious” yet “melodic and sweet” punk rock, expect a little more bounce to band members’ steps than usual.
That’s because the band’s debut, full-length, self-titled album, jumped straight to No. 1 on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 Chart for June, representing the local or regional release receiving the most radio airplay at WYCE (88.1 FM).
The Grand Rapids band – lead guitarist Thomas Mueller, drummer Carter Zamora, bassist Brock Mueller and lead singer/rhythm guitarist Bethany Fish – spent two years honing the catchy songs recorded at Ryne Clarke’s Upstairs Man Studios.
“We feel humbled and surprised,” Brock Mueller said of snagging the top spot on the Local Spins chart. “We have worked very hard and put our hearts and souls into creating something that matters to us and that we are proud of.
“The anticipation has built over the two years of writing this collection of songs and couldn’t be happier with the response.”
The band, with roots in Caledonia, Plainwell and Kentwood, has carved out its own niche in Grand Rapids’ rock scene since forming in 2021.
“Peers have described us as soft punk, some have said melodic punk,” Mueller said.
With recent release of “Common Molly,” the band also has booked a hectic summer schedule of performances, including the 10 p.m. show tonight (July 6) at Mulligan’s Pub, with Missing Days and Tiberius also on the bill.
The group follows with performances July 15 at Back 40 Fest in Lawton, July 28 at The Stray in Grand Rapids, July 29 at Sullivan Field in Grand Rapids (Small Foreign Faction farewell fest), Aug. 18 at Speciation Cellars in Grand Rapids, and Aug. 19 at the Tie Dye Festival in Howard City. (Fish, who released the album, “Learning From a Broken Heart,” prior to formation of Common Molly, also plays a solo set as part of a ‘Writers’ Round’ at The Stray on July 22.)
Common Molly’s album topped a couple of other new entries on the June chart: Michigander’s “It Will Never Be the Same” at No. 2 and Loren Johnson’s “How to Change” at No. 3. The Bootstrap Boys’ “Hungry & Sober” made the chart for the third month in a row, with Earth Radio’s “Mosaic Dreams” making its second straight appearance.
View previous Hot Top 5 Charts here.
THE LOCAL SPINS HOT TOP 5 ON SPOTIFY: June 2023
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