Song Review: Molotov Jukebox – ‘Hi Life Crisis’

[Ellis O’Connell | Contributing Writer]

I know what you’re thinking. What the hell is Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter doing playing an accordion in a band called Molotov Jukebox? Well… to be honest I don’t have a clue. But their single ‘Hi Life Crisis’ is here, so let’s give it a whirl.

That’s right, Natalia ‘DON’T. CALL ME. NYMPHADORA.’ Tena of Harry Potter fame has branched out from the film world and into the music scene. For several years, she has been the lead singer and frontwoman of six-piece band, Molotov Jukebox. What a name. Seemingly utilising her platform as her character Tonks, Tena’s band are currently finishing up their second album Tropical Gypsy. Molotov Jukebox have stated that the second record shows them “developing their sound,” which will have everyone “dancing and smiling from the first listen.” ‘Hi Life Crisis’ acts as a prelude for this album.

On first listen, it’s rather pleasant. Okay, so, picture Mumford & Sons. Then make them a bit more jolly. Right… now throw in Shakira and add a ‘(feat. Pitbull)’ for the Latin element and the result is ‘Hi Life Crisis’. The guitar-laden track makes you feel as though you’re driving down the coast of Rio de Janeiro on a moped. ‘Crisis’ also features a prominent trumpet melody in the chorus that would have Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ quaking in its boots. And all this in addition to an accordion which is actually played by Tena herself. Amazing. “Oh hindsight, you tricky little thing / You keep me on my toes.” It does for us all, Natalia. It does for us all. Tena’s petite voice beautifully compliments the Spanish sound of the song. “It’s a hi life crisis /
It’s my light that’s always green for you inside,” Tena swoons over the festival-ready chorus. It’s the kind of track that you can picture yourself listening to on a summer’s day, standing in a field with a crowd of strangers, holding a crisp apple cider and not having a care in the world. Tena’s Spanish heritage certainly imprints itself on to their music, giving a fresh take on a classic sound – which they pull off effortlessly.

Tropical Gypsy becomes an apparent title for the album based on this song; the Latin, road-trip feel certainly makes a for smile-worthy listen. With their album just around the corner, and Molotov Jukebox currently on its supporting ‘preview tour’, Molotov Jukebox’s future looks promising. And with Tena coming from busking on the Tube at 18 years of age to starring in one of the world’s biggest film franchises, and then combined with a band who can sell out tours, I don’t think she has anything to worry about.

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Song Review: Molotov Jukebox – ‘Hi Life Crisis’