For Dallas based rocker Holly West, the release of Mokita is a musical realization come full circle. From playing countless shows in cover bands to worldwide recognition with both Love Stricken Demise and Honey, West is going it alone now and doing things on her terms and her own way. “I’ve played with a lot of covers and original artists in Dallas. My band after LSD was a collaboration between Kes O’Hara from Australia and I,” says the songstress. “I was pretty young when I started messing around with different instruments and trying to learn how to play music. I didn’t, however, follow through to make myself any good. I picked up bass because my best friend (Bily Blair) wanted me to play in his band and that was the spot that was open.”
With Mokita, West combines punky, attitude-laden material with pop sensibilities to create a five-song EP easily accessible to both the mainstream listening public as well as an underground following Opening track “Memo” is a cutting reminder that not all friendships and relationships are respected. “Like being ghosted and realizing they think you are an idiot for not knowing what’s going on… but they are the fool because they can’t even have a conversation with you,” West says. She tells of the title track: “I was looking for a word in this book I have called “They Have a Word For That” I fell in love with the message so much I wrote the lyrics to fit the word. It means “The truth we all know, but no one talks about” or The elephant in the room. See if you can spot the Clutch reference in this song!” “Home” is straight up about aliens. “The bridge is me describing an alien abduction. You could also relate it to not feeling like you are human or of this earth. I believe we are not alone. I also wanted to try writing about something that wasn’t just another relationship song – soooo aliens!” “Justified” is about liars – we all know a few don’t we? Holly gets straight to the point, “Basically it means that liars are very justified in their lies because they think they will be a hero to you because they either lied to save you or save themselves. There’s a small Billy Squire “Stroke” reference in there too! ” The EP is rounded out by West’s take on the Led Zeppelin classic, “When the Levee Breaks.” Her reason for doing so is pretty simple when you think about it – “I did this song because why not do this song with Gary Hoey and Brady Blade?! If I was going to pick my dream team, which I did, I had to do some Zep. This song is what we all do, we jam and rock the fuck’ out!”
Holly carefully chose her Mokita bandmates, not settling, rather going for the best, with guitar hero Gary Hoey and drummer Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews & Friends). Her friendship with Hoey goes back a few years to when the two met at the Dallas International Guitar Show. “He’s been a mentor and best friend since the day we met. He initially thought I wanted him to play a couple of solos on the record but I had to have him all over it, and he agreed to do so without hesitation.”
Holly’s family was heavily into music, and she was surrounded by it growing up. “My Dad was a rocker, and my mom was into both rock and pop music, ” she recalls. “My first cassettes were Cheap Trick and Whitney Houston. How’s that for variety?” Prince and Chris Cornell were both also favorites of mine and huge influences over the years. I started writing songs when I was 9. I would listen to records before school and write out those lyrics and structures, and I learned how to put songs together that way. From there I started writing my ideas down. I had a keyboard and guitar at an early age, but I didn’t practice that much. It wasn’t until I joined Love Stricken Demise that I started getting serious about practice. Since then I’ve played with as many different people as possible, pulling it even. I’ll hit 2 or 3 open mics a week. It’s a great way to grow as a musician.”
Holly is now an official member of the all female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepperalla!
For more information on Holly West please visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hollywestmusic/