A lot is going on in the world of Molehill right now. We’re getting achingly close to booking our studio time for the upcoming album. In the meantime we are writing a lot and getting together a new song every week or two. If you’re at the next Chicago show you will be hearing at least 2 brand new tunes. We can’t wait to present these to everyone at the upcoming shows!
Speaking of upcoming shows. We will be headlining at the Bottom Lounge on Friday, April 8th. This is a great venue with some of the best sound and lighting in the city. We have never played here and have heard nothing but good things about it! There will be several offers for FREE TICKETS to this show. We will be giving away free tickets on air from UIC Radio on 4/7 beginning at 5pm CST. If you don’t win any of these tickets you can always come before 9pm for a discounted rate. Stay tuned and give us “like” on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on these opportunities that will be offered exclusively through these sites.
We are so thankful for everyone who is riding with us. There are a lot of challenges for managing your own career in the music industry but there are also more opportunities than ever. We would not even be able to go after these opportunities without the support of our fans and friends who come to see us at our shows. Your support is everything. See you at the next show!
“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