It’s been a ridiculous ride so far. But, we’ve have made it to the final 10 bands out of 12,000+ entries worldwide. Now, instead of voting (we loathe voting) it is up to an industry panel that includes Steve Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen’s the E Street Band and the Sopranos, Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit and more to decide what band will have the opportunity to perform at Hard Rock Calling in London this July. Results will be announced on May 4th.
Now that we’ve made it to this point we can let the process work. We are so grateful for getting this opportunity and we can’t thank everyone enough that voted, shared, and most of all LISTENED to our music. In the last two weeks our music was featured on a radio station in London, a college station outside of Seattle and we just got a lovely email from a production company in Philly who wants to shoot our upcoming performance in May. All of this is possible because you helped us get into this position. It is a cut throat business we are in and with so many people vying for exposure and attention it is challenging to cut through the fog. If you are new to Molehill and this is the first time you have listened to our music then we welcome you. If it’s your 100th time on this website we thank you for supporting us for this long. The best is yet to come.
Share the music far and wide and we’ll see you at the next show!
Love to you all!
“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