Dave MolterCarnegie, PA
An accomplished veteran of the Pittsburgh, MIdwest and East Coast music scenes since 1965, Dave Molter counts The Beatles as his primary influence. Dave’s bands have released singles on Buddah Records (“I Hear You Knockin'” by BlueByrd, 1970) and Western World Records (“Boogie, Boogie, Boogie” by Pyewacket, 1973). His bands have opened for The Rascals; Chicago; The Allman Brothers Band; Bloodrock; Night Ranger and others.
In addition to fronting his own band, Dave also plays bass with the Danny Gochnour Band as well as subbing with Bill Toms and Hard Rain. In the recent past he has played with Johnny Angel & the Halos, the Paul Martino All-Star Band, Mojo Jojo (a British Invasion-era cover band) and Johnny Angel’s All Star Jam Band.
Since early 2018, Dave has been working on his debut CD, to be titled “Mid-Century Man.” The culmination of more than 50 years as a musician, the CD will be an eclectic mix of styles reflecting the varied influences Dave listened to while growing up in the Sixties as well as world music, reggae, prog rock, psychedelia, Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Peter Gabriel and many others.
Being recorded in Pittsburgh, PA., “Mid-Century Man” is produced and engineered by multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Buddy Hall. The songs feature contributions from heavy-hitting, nationally known musicians such as guitarist and composer Steve Dudas, who played with Ringo Starr and The Roundheads for more than a decade and continues to record and write with the former Beatle. Virtuoso guitarist Reb Beach of Whitesnake and Winger also appears as well as drummer Tommy Compton (Johnny Winter; Ten Years After).
Dave views “Mid-Century Man” as a vehicle to spread a positive message about the power of love in today’s world. The songs have the unifying theme of love — as Dave sings in “Mid-Century Man” — “an emotion we don’t have enough of.”
Says Dave, “It’s all in there: first love; love lost; love squandered; love regained; stupid love; funny love; love unrequited; love that makes you want to scream from the rooftops. Love that makes you kick furniture. I mean … doesn’t everyone?
“John Lennon said it best in 1968: ‘All you need is love.’ I still believe it.”
“Mid-Century Man” is the title track to my debut CD, which is still in production. The song offers sonic nods to the Rickenbacker12-string jangle of the Byrds, Beatles, Hollies, Searchers and other bands of the early “British Invasion” era, roughly 1962-1966. It features layered harmonies, lead guitar work reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds and George Harrison of the Beatles, and production influenced by Phil Spector and George Martin. More than this, the song’s lyrics are a call to use the power of love to make difference in the world.
Tell Me That You Love Me
“Tell Me That You Love Me” is a return to the songs of the mid-1960s, when lyrics often revolved around girls & boys in various stages of love. In this case, it’s a boy telling a girl that he loves her and asking her to do the same. Lyrics may seem a bit juvenile to older listeners but , coupled with the period-correct music, they evoke memories of a time when love seemed to be the only thing that mattered.
“Fading Away” is a more contemporary rock song perfect for playing loud with the windows down as you cruise the highway at 70 mph. (Or more!) Again, the lyrics tell a story that revolves around love, with our protagonist being jilted by his sweetheart, — to the point that he feels he is “fading away.” Again, it’s a situation that most people have been through. This story has a semi-happy ending: although he loses his girl, he at least hopes to get back the records he loaned her.