THE MOLENES

"These guys just seem to be having a blast, trading off licks like two world-class tennis players lithely volleying. 'Hot Damn' is an old-school Texas swing piece that could have been written by Johnny Cash or Jerry Lee Lewis when they were first barnstorming the south. This is the kind of thing that could be utterly cornball without real-deal chops, but this piece is perfectly authentic — Hunter and Derr are very, very good players. Sometimes, it's that simple."

Sam Pfeifle – The Portland Phoenix

Dave Hunter

Vocals, guitars

*We'd prefer it a case of Heady Topper and a bottle of Patron, but who's counting...

about

"Roughly two seconds — OK, maybe three — into 'Blood and Bone,' which opens the Molenes’ strong third album, you know exactly where singer-songwriter Dave Hunter’s heart lies: south of the Mason-Dixon...  With a clear-eyed, no-nonsense mix from Paul Q. Kolderie, who knows a thing or three about making Americana records (see: Uncle Tupelo), the Molenes’ sturdy, straightforward strengths are placed front and center, with room to roam under their big sky of blues, greens, and golden sunsets suffused with peals of pedal steel."

Jonathan Perry – The Boston Globe

Press

"...I favor all of their songs, but one of them in particular, 'Rockin' Monophonic,' puts me into an ecstatic state of consciousness. A simple paean to rock 'n' roll on AM car radio, it's the most pleasing song of its kind I've heard in 30 years, since Blasters anthems like 'Border Radio' and 'American Music.' In 10 cuts (plus a hidden 11th, a thoroughly entertaining instrumental jam) these four guys -- based in Boston -- perform in an entirely unaffected style that manages to conjure up just about every reason this listener once fell under the spell of rockabilly, twangy rock 'n' roll, and all those beats and howls that carried them out of the backwoods."

Jerome Clark – Ranbles.net

Bruce Derr

Pedal-steel

Zach Field

Drums

Andrew Russell

Bass, vocals

Variously described as  "a Stones-meets-Son Volt gem" (The Boston Globe), and "the product of a fiery jam session between Uncle Tupelo and ZZ Top where a case of Bud and a bottle of Jack are being shared liberally*," (The Portsmouth Herald), The Molenes themselves would tell you "it's just rock'n'roll with twang." 


Through three albums and counting the band has fired up stages throughout the Northeast and beyond and the airwaves across North America and Europe. Their 2010 release Good Times Comin' charted in the Top 40 on the Americana Music Association radio chart and at No 18 on the Freeform American Roots chart. They aren't done yet.