Who Will Listen?
On his latest album with his latest band, Patrick Molloy and the Manifest's Who Will Listen? is bold, italicized, and even underlined. He is clearly shooting for the moon on this one, channeling the progressive power rock of Rush a la Vapor Trails, with an Ozzie Osbourne-like wail that sounds surprisingly fresh against today's trendy pop-oriented music industry and-daring. Whether his aim was true will actually depend on who will listen but I'm sure radio stations here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada will eat it up. From what I understand, they already are. "Who Will Listen?" was already featured as the Producers Pick on The East Coast Countdown and won the Regional Radio Star National Songwriting Competition for Newfoundland and Labrador. Patrick Molloy will be representing Newfoundland in Toronto from March 10-14th during Canadian Music Week for the National Prize of the Radio Star competition. It's apt because his album manages to reflect the smorgasbord of the tastes and styles you'll hear from so many of the local bands here in St. John's, from the progressive hard rock of The Pathological Lovers to the more punchy new-wave of The Subtitles. Though a few songs may feel incomplete or less developed, there are a number of hits here, in particular 'Darkness Glows' and 'Peace, Now, Today' which I still have in my head. Produced right here in St. John's by gold and platinum award-winning producer Krisjan Leslie, Who Will Listen? serves up a heaping dish of all that's fresh and happening here in the St. John's music scene, and Patrick Molloy must have felt it his duty to deliver such a showcase. For that alone, you can thank him.