2 months….that was 2 months too long without playing a live show. Let’s not do that again for awhile. It felt so good to get back on the road and play some shows in PA at the Millennium Music Conference 16 and Pittsburgh.
Prima donna Manhart flew and caught a hockey game in NYC while the rest of us (including our road companion Rob Tuli) left late Thursday night for a long drive. Pete repped Molehill during the afternoon at all the sessions at MMC16 and saw a lot of old friends and met some new ones. The Venue on Friday was definitely not set up for a rock show (flickering lights while the first band is playing is never a good sign)…nevertheless, the MMC crowd is always a great one and Friday was no exception. After 2 months of no live shows it takes a little time to shake off a little rust (this was also the first live performance of our new song ‘No Reprieve.’). The show went well enough that Pete got his mug on the 2nd page of the Harrisburg Patriot the next morning.
Our friends Gold Streets from Brooklyn followed us and killed it per usual. Definitely looking forward to a NYC show with them!
Italian beef and homemade mac and cheese are rare finds on the road…..fortunately we have some great friends in Pittsburgh that always make us feel at home….
We all had a nice pre-show warm up Rocksmith….if you’ve never played Rocksmith, check it out, pretty cool!
The show at Club Cafe in the Southside of Pittsburgh is one of the nicest clubs we play and Saturday’s show was definitely the best show we’ve had in Pittsburgh. Special thanks to Casino Bulldogs and The Long Time Darlings for rocking as well. Brett Staggs from LTD’s definitely had the best custom Jean Jacket we have seen in a long time…check out their video for “Downtown Sugar” ….Seriously, a great vibe was in the club on Saturday and we can’t wait to go back Pittsburgh!
Devin woke up at 3:45am (1 hour after going to bed) and flew back to Chicago for 2 performances on Sunday morning. What a beast! The rest of us ate at the famous Dor-Stop Diner. Classic, heart stopping, PA cuisine….afterwards, a quick stop for some Yuengling and it was back to Chicago.
2 weeks til the Album Release Show!! Pick up a free digital copy of our first single ‘No Reprieve’ by scrolling to the top of the page and we’ll see you soon! Many tour dates are being worked on right now and we can’t wait to make some more memories!
“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