Hello, and happy Groundhog Day!
We have a lot of exciting shows on the horizon!
First, we were just offered a show with very short notice for THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at the Beat Kitchen, opening for nationally-touring act The Elms! This should be a really fun show, so if you’re free on a Thursday night you should come out!
Then, the following day, we will be playing at Wilmot Mountain, just north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border.
2 weeks later we are extremely excited to be featured in the MILLENIUM MUSIC CONFERENCE in Harrisburg, PA!! This is a really cool conference/music festival… 250 bands play in 3 days! we will be playing at the Appalachian Brewing Company on Friday, Feb. 19th at 10pm.
And that’s not all! we will be playing at the Old Rock House in St. Louis on March 20th, the Cubby Bear in Chicago on March 27th, and maybe, just maybe making a trip to Colorado in April!
So check out our “shows” page for updates, and keep on supporting Molehill!!
Thank you, and we love 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