David Hintz of DC Rock Live reviewed our forthcoming album ‘Equinox’
Here is what he had to say:
“Fans of Muse, take note. Molehill offers some of the biggest pop rock on this side of the Atlantic. Hard to believe this band played the Red Palace stage as it seems designed for echoes in cavernous arenas (not entirely true as I have seen some big sounding pop bands at the Red Palace such as Crocodiles for example). But there are plenty of good indie pop moves in these songs as well. This is appealing stuff and the ironic thing is how much this stands out from indie rock whereas when I was young, indie rock bands of today would be shocking next to the prog rock and dense pop music that held on to the airwaves. There were times when I cried out for some variety in addition to a couple of instrumental interludes, one appropriately titled “Interlude”. But the for the most part this was a sumptuous meal with enough taste to keep me digging in.
Songs to try out:
No Reprieve – The big sound will hit you hard with gorgeous Matt Bellamy/Freddie Mercury style vocal work.
Almost Broken (Heroes) – Good classic rock beginning moving into epic territory as it continues.
Someone Better – I like this closer as it has some subtlety in the verses and a nice big chorus.”
Visit this entry on his site HERE (scroll down a bit to see the review)
“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