Molly Grue is a side project of Krista Acheson, an eclectic singer-songwriter and visual artist, currently based in Edmonton, Alberta.
How would you describe your music?
In a word: gloomy. Lyrically, the songs I’ve selected for this EP are honestly kind of depressing… it’s pretty much the soundtrack for a good cry. The first single, without the context of the music video doesn’t seem too morose… but overall the EP will be fairly sullen.
Tell us about the history of the project.
Molly Grue is a new side project I’ve created in order to have an alias to release my softer music under. I have a habit of switching genres depending on topic and mood so it’s resulted in an eclectic song catalogue. I felt dividing the material might make more sense than releasing another “mixed tape” kind of album. I’ve just released some material under my Krista D project (ska/punk/doo-wop) and will be completing an EP of harder rock music under the project name: Hooha and the Peter Guns.
What inspires you?
For this project I’ll just say that sorrow was my main inspiration. Sometimes you just need to vent about terrible things and there’s something empowering about taking something tragic and converting it into a song.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Neither, actually. I write at home and only whenever the inspiration strikes, which is mainly when I’m half asleep or when in the shower. My musical muses are incredibly invasive.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
The track ‘Anyway’- which is probably why I’ve chosen it as the first single. Lyrically there isn’t a lot to it, but where I know what’s behind it, and know what the music video I’m making is going to be expressing- singing it is very therapeutic.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
I’m not sure what it’s like now, but from past experience, like 10+ years ago, when I had been talking to major label A&R, in relation to my Krista D project- I wasn’t super impressed with it. Once I realized that new acts were often just created/contrived and then marketed as if they were artists- when it’s actually a core group of songwriters/producers behind them… most of my desire to be part of that world kind of faded away. It’s too much of a business structure- finding out what’s trending and then finding a warm body who’s longing for fame to fill a gap in the market. I don’t feel that there’s much art or creativity in that.. it’s just a formula. But, like I said, I am not sure what’s going on in the industry currently, I’m completely off the radar. At my level it doesn’t really affect me. I’m just going to create what I want to create and if I’m lucky enough to find a fan base, that would be amazing. If not, at least I’m creating organically. Creation can’t always be about money.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Well, with my Krista D project, as I haven’t toured as Molly Grue yet, there was this one time that a PR type guy happened upon my show and loved what I was doing, so he brought me around to clubs and other places and simply acted like I was big deal to the club owners and management. I was given free VIP access to clubs and a theatre- received free food and everything. And, for the record, I was just an indie act with next to no fan base- literally a nobody. The illusion he created by presenting me as a famous act was actually all it took. It was pretty weird. The industry is a lot of smoke, mirrors and clever bullshitting… but at least that time I was able to experience the other side of it.
What are your future plans?
I’m mainly a visual artist so in my immediate future I’ll be starting an artist residency on the 4th of July, but in the near future I’m also going to to be wrapping up this Molly Grue EP; only two tracks left! The first single, ‘Anyway’, has already been released in advance and is currently available through all digital platforms.