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MOLOTOV MUCHACHO: thrash punk’s fiery rebellion from New Jersey

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Born amid the vibrant cacophony of New Jersey’s music scene, Molotov Muchacho carries forward the thrash punk legacy with unyielding grit and energy. Formed in 2022, this four-piece band is making their mark in the state’s underground punk community, translating their sweat, tears, and unflagging commitment to their craft into an increasingly thrashin’ sound.

Molotov Muchacho is a blend of diverse musical personalities. Ian Egloff, the perennial filthy punker, takes the helm with lead vocals and bass, steering the ship with his indomitable spirit. Alex Ziegler, the intense shouty man, complements Egloff’s voice with his own brand of ferocity on vocals and guitar. Julian Barriga, the band’s own death metal growler, swathes their sound with fierce lead guitar, while zen master Justin Rodrigues anchors the ensemble with his snappy and intense beats on the drum kit. Their chemistry exudes raw, unfiltered energy, each member a vital cog in this explosive machine.

The band’s sound draws significantly from hardcore punk, heavily influenced by the likes of Biohazard, Blood for Blood, Warzone, and Suicidal Tendencies. Yet, their lyrical narrative remains grounded in the working-class reality. The highs and lows of everyday life become a metaphorical battlefield, the struggle and resilience translated into visceral music.

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In their pursuit of authentic punk expression, Molotov Muchacho has not let the grass grow under their feet. They’ve brought in a second guitar player, played every show they could, and ventured into the studio to record their first EP, “Coming Up Short,” released on July 15th.

Recorded and mixed by Ben Feldman at Coffee Haüs Studios and mastered by Pete Zen, “Coming Up Short” encapsulates the band’s journey thus far. They celebrate their upcoming release with an EP release show featuring notable bands like OS101, Dead Blow Hammer, Huge, and new band Force Fed at Salty’s, the Jersey Shore’s new punk hotspot.

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“Coming Up Short” echoes the band’s relentless spirit, each track an exploration of themes both intimate and universal. The EP delves into the depths of self-introspection, the harsh reality of addiction, the joy and jest of promiscuity, economic anxiety, and the feeling of abandonment many feel from the government.

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The band offered their in-depth track-by-track commentary on the EP, giving us a peek into their creative process and the stories behind the music. Check it out below.


This is a song that we wanted to come out of the gate as intense and jarring as possible with some serious speed and then manifesting that intensity in different ways in a short to the point song that follows the linear mindset embodied in the lyrics. Sacrosanct like the title refers indicates, is about holding a sense of self in high regard, not in an egotistical way but in integrity of knowing low your life has gotten, taking responsibility that it’s all your fault, and having genuine and potentially overzealous commitment to being better even if only slightly. The song inhabits a turbulent mentality of reconciling with the fact that you have an addiction, anger issues, or any other damaging behaviors.The song then gives your a break from lyrical content with something of an interlude before Ian shouts and the song revs up to a declaratory climax by 2nd singer Alex that the subject of the song as well as the bands want to make, we are here, confident, and moving forward, flaws and all.

Burning Flesh

Burning Flesh jerks you away from the seriousness of the previous song to playful and supposedly being a non-biographical song about getting a venereal disease as a result of rampant unprotected sex. Our anit-hero (who is definitely not Ian) has had a persistent period of promiscuity that has landed him in of predicament of a painfully pestered penis. By the the end of the first verse our protagonist regrets his life of vice and playfully things back to his sexual behavior as having had mutilated the world, before bringing you back to the unpleasantness of his persecuted phallus. Naturally, the instrumental aspects of the song are as deliberately aggravating as the subject with blistering guitar parts and drums before the second interlude of the EP when Julian paints a euphoric picture with his guitar as though the genital pain has thrust us into a psychedelic dreamscape. This all comes crashing down back into what can only be described a vigorous musical and lyrical tantrum crescendoing into a dual scream and discomfort by Ian and Alex. The song closes with a much more rhythmic repetition of the chorus like a punishment that keeps on punishing.

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Headlock continues with a theme of frustration but from more of a gender neutral but just as direct perspective. This song as preached by Ian before every life performance is about standing up and fighting for what you believe in and celebrating the freedom to do what you want. That would be straight forward enough however the song in a way that speaks to how the lower/working class is treated in this country with the crude and barbaric portraits of degradation that are real life for many people. On a brighter note this song has another very fun guitar solo by Julian Barriga that is reminiscent of the early thrash lead work of Metallica and Megadeth.

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To The Brim

This is a pretty raw thrash metal track that we thought would land the EP on solid footing. Few bells and even less whistles are in To The Brim as it is a song built around the general economic anxiety and sense of abandonment a lot of people are feeling from the government right now. Being low on cash is as barebones as it gets and what this song emulates. The guitar parts and raw singing style of Alex are almost as anxiety ridden as possible. Just 2 versus and one chorus this song is about how politicians of either political party don’t actually care about people financially struggling and how the politicians with real power will never put themselves in the unsanitized position of answering to the people that are actually struggling. However, it also alludes to a specific urban and suburban reality of gentrification that people feel around these parts; where it’s harder to maintain the roots of where you grew up because it’s simply out of your price range as an adult.

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