It’s been a hell of a year. It always is in some way. We’re still here and the Silver Bullet is still running. There were failures. There always are. Sometimes I think we feel like our biggest success is keeping the band going. Truthfully, I still get excited about getting into the van and driving to gigs and spending time with everyone. Getting into the van is strangely grounding, especially when Peter has to remind me to take the skyway exit for the millionth time. I’m usually talking too much to pay attention to directions.
We still like each other and still really like playing music together, so much so that we’ll be releasing new music in 2018 and hitting the road a bit as well. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate everyone who attends the shows and has told someone about Molehill, it keeps the band going.
Here are some highlights from 2017:
Austin during SXSW
Canadian Music Week in Toronto
Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing
Opened for Mona at Subterranean
House of Blues Chicago
+ shows across the country with new and old friends
Music / Video
Hearts on Fire EP
“Hearts on Fire” music video
Front page of the A+E Section of the Chicago Tribune
Alt Press (online + Spotify)
101 WKQX Chicago
WMXM 88.9FM Chicago
Thanks for reading and being part of this experience
Trevor wrote this and Peter edited.
“Do not be fooled by the name. Molehill is more like a mountain. Combining elements of progressive rock with pop sensibilities and emotionally charged lyrics, this band delivers a symphonic listening experience.” - Jesse Menendez, Vocalo, 89.5FM Chicago
The first time Peter and I strapped in and felt Devin hit the groove, we knew we had something. We didn’t know if it was any good but it felt right. We met ‘the sunshine’ Greg. Since then, we’ve driven all over the country and experienced dirty motels, great people, missed exits, and the freedom of it all. It’s therapy, I really don’t know what we’d do without it.
So here we are, releasing our third set of songs. It’s just as exciting as it ever was to release music into the wild. ‘Hearts on Fire’ seems to be an appropriate song to put out there. I don’t think we’ll ever get over writing songs that feel good in large spaces. Greg came in with the searing lead synth, Peter wrote lyrics inspired by the Euromaidan, and Dev and I banged out a rhythm track. It’s simple and straight to the point, except for those lava rocks J threw into the mix...That’s the charm of writing a simple song. Some of them just come easily.
Some songs, or should I say arrangements, don’t come so easily. ‘Reverie’ started off as a three chord bridge in one of Greg’s songs. What followed was ridiculous in some ways. I think we have somewhere around 300+ emails dedicated to this song and its direction. Dozens of recorded versions later, we got to Nashville and threw a bunch of it away. Get away from your computer and interact, suddenly everything is more visceral and real. The process was worth it.
‘Old Soldier’ started in late November 2014 after I learned that my grandfather wasn’t doing so well. His reflections on his experience in WWII and remarkable life stay with me every day. It only seemed appropriate to use the last voicemail he left me during the outro. When I sent the music over to Pete and he returned the ‘option 5’ melody idea for the verse, I cried. This song is meditative to me. It combines Pete’s ethereal vocal with that West Coast hip hop beat we love so much.
I think we made something that’s honest. We hope you enjoy it.
Chicago, IL | January 2017