…a photographic account
Then we went to the recording studio—>
<— we passed this badass WWE truck on the way to Baltimore.
Then we rocked out.
We had a very fun and informative time in DC…
Sarah Waybright from www.whyfoodworks.com gave us a demonstration about the amount of sugar in the drink options you come across in day to day life.
wait while she finds her things in this bag.
And here’s the aftermath – holy crap look how much sugar is in a delicious coca cola!! —>
then we rocked out.
and then I got really serious about eating this huge slice of pizza —>
<—On the way back home, GVZ lovingly fed this horse an entire cheesecake.
Then we played Muncie. I never ended up tasting this stuff, but I have to admit, Tupac did tempt me —>
…speaking of temptation, this was waiting for us on stage when we arrived.
And then we rocked out.
And it was hot as shit
Then we drove to Columbus, but we were stopped by a
but these guys came and saved us.
then we rocked out
We played in Columbus with Zoo Trip. And I’m serious, Zoo Trip blew our minds. This singer is younger than me, but he’s my new idol. Is that weird to say? Because it’s true. I love you, Zoo Trip. I love you like a huge slice of pizza.
But this guy was unimpressed. No accounting for taste, I guess.
And then, on the drive back to Chicago from Columbus, all the gauges on the Silver Bullet went to zero, and the electronics stopped working.
GVZ said we should stop at this upcoming rest area, but I said no, let’s push it the 3 more miles to the town of Richmond, IN!
We got off the exit ramp in Richmond, and the accelerator stopped working.
Not good. Please let traffic part for us to get to this truck stop.
And traffic parted
<— And the Silver Bullet died just as we were coasting to a stop in the truck stop parking lot.
Holy shitballs, that was a close one. I can’t say how happy I am at this point that we are in a truck stop, rather than our van being dead on the side of the highway.
<— we played a little pool (shout out to Trevor’s biceps!)
And these two jabronis played a broken Buck Hunter game —>
And fiiiinaaaallllyyyyy….. after waiting for almost 2 hours, someone came and took our van down the street to the mechanic, where they gave us a new alternator
2 hours (and some of the worst buffalo wings I’ve ever had at a nearby Chili’s) later, we’re back on the road!
That breakdown could have gone so much worse. Must have been some good karma coming back to us.
And that brings us to the final show of the 2013 Summer Tour – Taste of Lincoln Avenue in Chicago!
Thank you so much to everybody who came out to support us all Summer long! We had a great time playing for and meeting you all, we love you, and we can’t wait to see you on the next tour!
Until next time!
“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