hey there, thanks for having us! We’re doing well, been very busy lately, very excited to be releasing this new music!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hearts On Fire”?
“Hearts on Fire” is the 1st single of our 3-song EP (also called “Hearts on Fire”). We’re releasing 1 song at a time over a 2-month period.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Greg wrote most of the music and submitted it to the band’s shared Dropbox folder. I dug the music and thought the lyrics needed a sort of epic/heroic vibe to them. I had recently seen a documentary about the “Euromaidan” protests in Ukraine, and it really touched me on a personal level, so I was able to pull from that pretty easily to write the lyrics.
How was the film experience?
It was cold! The first day, when we did most of the running, we had to cancel shooting with our extras and just Kit, Peter, and the filmmakers worked that day. It was hours and hours of Kit and Peter running through the cold and sometimes rainy streets of Chicago. It was also our first time doing a video that involved green screen at all, which was a very cool experience.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
We had a pretty good idea this was going to be the lead single. Also we just thought the name sounded good. Another idea we jokingly tossed around was “the Death EP”, I think “Hearts on Fire” sounds a lot better!
How was the recording and writing process?
This is the 3rd batch of songs that we’ve written, recorded, and released as a band, so our process is getting smoother and more streamlined every time. We usually have a period of time where we’re trying to write as many songs as possible, and refining our favorite ideas, and we’ve gotten much better as a group at communicating ideas, as well as taking feedback from other band members. The creative process can be such a vulnerable time, so we’ve worked very hard at finding a way to collaborate so everyone feels like they have a voice without anyone taking things too personally. As for the recording process, we did this EP with J. Hall in Nashville – which is also who produced and recorded our “Tin God” EP which we released in 2015, so that was just as easy as meeting back up with an old friend. Also, this time we had a full extra day in the studio for tweaking songs and trying out ideas! Not a luxury we had with our 6-songs-in-6-days process on “Tin God”.
What other protests and riots inspire the lyrics on this record?
the Euromaidan was specifically the inspiration for the song “Hearts on Fire”. We try to present it in a way that is more general and could be applied to other conflicts around the world, but nothing else directly inspired the lyrics.
Any plans to hit the road?
We just got back from playing a few shows at SXSW in Austin, the next tour dates will be in mid-April at Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
What else is happening next in Molehill’s world?
We still have 2 more songs to release from this EP. In the meantime, we’re always booking shows and writing more songs. Pretty soon we’re going to start planning when and how we’ll record the next batch of tunes, and how we’d like to release them into the world. We have enjoyed doing the 1-song-at-a-time thing that we’re doing right now, so I’d bet money that this isn’t the last time we use that strategy!