Not many people would name their band after a Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice, but that’s what vocalist Lucas Fitzsimons did after a trip to India. However, the focus of this Moloch is a nostalgia revolution and reminder of sacrifices and struggles Fitzsimons endured to get the things he wanted in life, including a new album, America’s Velvet Glory, released in January 2017.
Three and a half years in the making, this is the second album from the L.A.-based, five-piece Molochs, made up of Lucas Fitzsimons, Ryan Foster, Cameron Gartung, Derek Cowart and Mateo Leonard. It is clearly a personal album for Fitzsimons, with each track channeling love, lust, and heartbreak. “I think deep down they are all extremely sentimental,” he explains. “If I had to choose [the most personal], it would be between “That’s the Trouble with You” and “You Never Learn,” at least at this very moment.”
The influence of singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Robert Forster, and Grant McLennan are clear to see in the lyrics. “Ten thousand stood there yet I am still alone” Fitzsimons sings on the album’s opening track “Ten Thousand,” and “Patterns of emotion follow me like they’re on a leash” on “You and Me.”
It is influenced by every decade and every year that has come before us. In fact, it's a completely modern rock ‘n’ roll album made for today.
Despite the clear influences (and the band’s own Moddish fashion) Fitzsimons balks at saying America’s Velvet Glory being stuck in any specific decade. “It is influenced by every decade and every year that has come before us. In fact, it's a completely modern rock ‘n’ roll album made for today. It might not be easy for people to realize that now, but in the future they will understand.”
2017 is already shaping up to be a busy year for The Molochs, with tours across the United States, Canada, and Europe before summer even begins. “We're going to be doing a lot of touring for the next few months.” Fitzsimons explains, “After all that's done, I'd like to waste no time getting together the next album. There's already plenty of material ready to go.”
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