May was a busy, busy month for Molehill. We started out with a great tour that took us from Indianapolis to New York. We were voted into a battle of the bands by YOU our fans and friends and got to perform at CBS Studios Chicago. Not only did we get to play in front of some industry folk and gain some exposure, we also received 5 star treatment from our production team at Tribeca Flashpoint.
We have new videos, merch, banners, and a new iPhone app that will be available in the coming weeks.
We also solidified all the dates for the recording of our new album with Manny Sanchez at IV Lab in Chicago and should be finished tracking by the end of September. We are expecting to record a bunch of new material that has not been heard yet and have it ready sometime in the Fall for release.
In the next few weeks we have radio appearances on UIC Radio and Fearless Radio in Chicago and will be performing at the Hard Rock Cafe Chicago on June 9th with The Sweeps at 9pm. The following evening we will perform at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville, IL.
Until next time, thank you for all the support and we’ll see you at the next show!
Heat, TJ, The Mailman and Devin
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“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