INTERVIEW: Appalachian family folk band The Hills & The Rivers

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?


Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Fool”?

It’s our first single from the new album, featuring harmonies from all the Hill siblings and a groovy, R&B beat.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

It was sort of written near the end of a relationship but it about more than that, its about being in love with Mystery and the unknown.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was great, we worked with our good friend The Child-like Empress again, who we’ve worked with several times before.

The single comes off your new album The Fool and The Magician – what’s the story behind the title?

It relates to the first two tarot major arcana cards and is a concept album about moving from the perspective of ” The Fool” to the perspective of “The Magician.”

How was the recording and writing process?

Wonderful, many of the songs came through quickly and it felt like the muse was very close. The recording was great, fast and efficient, finally getting the process down better.

What role does Pittsburgh play in your writing?

It’s our home town and we love it! Its at the confluence of the Northeast, the Midwest, the Rust Belt and Appalachia, and our music is an expression of that mix too.

How your background as siblings influences the band?

It’s made us closer and the whole band is like a family. Plus the blood harmonies are clutch.

How Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan has influence your music?

Both have certainly influenced the feel of some songs and certainly the lyrics. Cohen uses many biblical and esoteric allusions and Dylan reaches back into the history of folk music to bring it forward.

What aspect of politics and the occult did you get to explore on this record?

A lot! The political side of this record is a bit more subtle, as its more about personal transformation than collective transformation, but that’s an important part often overlooked by activists. The occult side is more pronounced, and if you look into the lyrics you’ll see it.

Any plans to hit the road?

We seem to always be heading off on an adventure. We’re playing festivals all over the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest this summer, doing a 10 day northeast tour in October and heading back West in the Winter.

What else is happening next in The Hills & The Rivers’ world?

Just getting booked on more festivals, working out new music and making new friends everywhere!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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