This is how we met…
We were on tour some years ago in Ohio and had to make a stop for some supplies from your friendly neighborhood Guitar Center. The guy who was behind the counter was exceptionally cool, like cooler than cool. He asked us if we’d give him a copy of our current LP Equinox. We obliged and left the store.
Lo and behold, some time later, this dude (with an angelic voice) contacts us. He reminds us that his name is Mike and we met him at the Guitar Center outside of Akron. He also reminds us that he plays in a band called Red Sun Rising and we should play a show together. Figuring this would be a standard show trade we invited the guys to open for us at a tiny club, in Chicago, called Township. They arrived and conquered. Seriously, they brought the HEAT.
Fast forward 4 years later we never did get that show trade. Mike and Ryan did come and see us play for about 15 people in Akron and stood front and center the entire time. Stand up dudes, those ones. Also, somewhere in there Mike’s wife Kerra cut Peter’s hair. It looked stunning.
Anyway, I’d say the wait was worth it. The guys signed to Razor + Tie and had two #1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart on their debut album Polyester Zeal.
They’re back, with their follow up, Thread and we’re stoked that Mike asked us to open for them in Chicago. We hope you will join us for a fine night of music.
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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