Pill Hill

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With hints of Toad The Wet Sprocket and the Gin Blossoms, Pill Hill does a great job of taking the working man college rock vibe and adding a bit of warmth and a personal touch that is lacking in a lot of music these days. With influences that range all the way back to the 70's, these Minneapolis rockers have put together an album that is really fresh, fun and a feel good slice of Americana.

This is a perfect soundtrack to that weekend drive to nowhere in particular.  My album of the month.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! - Phil Russell  SOLCOFN - 

WLUR 91.5FM

 It Tastes A Little Sweeter, from St. Paul, Minnesota-based Pill Hill, is a guitar-driven rock album that is sure to satisfy. The riffs are pleasing and the Hammond Organ is perfectly placed in several tracks. This record's Americana has a Springsteen feel that makes me want to keep listening. I enjoyed this album and it would fit well in any Americana-based rock set. - Turner Meeks WLUR 91.5FM - 

Diffuser.fm

In 'The Gamer,' he croons wistfully with a Springsteen-esque scratch over his tinny electric guitar. The track has a mild twang to it, which comes through loud and clear in the banjo solo. When mixed with Hannah's violin, it creates a unique Americana atmosphere around the memorable hook, "Game over, game over." Fans of Elliot Smith, the Gaslight Anthem and Jeff Hanson will be quite pleased by Pill Hill  Click on this link to check out the complete write up by Alex Moore on Diffuser.fm about Pill Hill's new album and to get a free download of the Gamer  http://diffuser.fm/pill-hill-the-gamer-free-mp3-download/ - 

KWCR

KWCR Album of the Week: Pill Hill’s ‘It Tastes a Little Sweeter’

 

 

 

 

Rust Magazine

Check it out: Pill Hill’s new album It Tastes A Little Sweeter

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Hey RUST fans we have a groovy new release to tell you about today. We’ve previously covered the synth scene in Minneapolis with bands like CLAPS and Aaron And The Sea – and those are both great groups well worth checking out – but if tuff guitarsey rock and roll is more your style, Pill Hill has just dropped their second full-length album It Tastes A Little Sweeter. Made up of Dan Fowlds, Judd Hildreth, Heath Henjum, Jacques Wait and Ben Glaros, Pill Hill kicks out the jams with a traditional big rock sound and an individual approach to lyrics and arrangements.

It Tastes A Little Sweeter is an album that reminds us how good a stright-up rock band can sound and feel. Just like back in the day. There’s a rawness here that is real and a style that is memorable and distinct. These guys remind us a lot of NC’s Temperance League who also deliver great, original Americana rock and similarly press on vinyl. RUST very highly recommends their 2012 self-titled album and It Tastes A Little Sweeter will be available digitally as well as on translucent butterscotch vinyl in honor of the 6th song on the album – Butterscotch House.

Pill Hill takes sage advice from the Petty-Springsteen recipes and then spices up their own style of rock and roll on It Tastes A Little Sweeter. This is a great, fresh band with serious depth of skill and writing ability. It Tastes A Little Sweeter reminds us about how awesome things were back in the day – and that today is a new day with fresh adventures and challenges to experience. Get it now for Name Your Price on Bandcamp!

 

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PILL HILL - Rock Floating In A Beautiful Sea Of Twang

OK, I will admit it, I took the weekend off from the store to recharge the batteries and let Nick & Kathleen run the store while I was away.

Now as I had some serious windshield time to do today it gave me a perfect chance to really listen to Pill Hill’s new album ‘It Tastes a Little Sweeter’. The Twin Cities based band consists of Dan Fowlds, Judd Hildreth, Heath Henjum, Jacques Wait and Ben Glaros. This is their second full length album and I have to tell you it is pretty damn good.

Now I have to admit that we have been playing it in the store and between customers I was liking what I was hearing but there is nothing quite like listening to an album from beginning to end to really get a feel for it.

Pill Hill’s ‘It Tastes a Little Sweeter’ is one of those records that reminds me of a whole lot of different bands depending upon the song you are listening to, I hear traces of The Byrds, & Tom Petty from the seventies, REM and Jason Falkner in the middle and Drive-By Truckers and Cross Canadian Ragweed from the present music scene. Like all great rock & roll bands they understand the power of a great guitar chord.

From the jangly guitar intro of Butterscotch House to the massively poppy power chords on One Horse Town, Pill Hill's new album is refreshingly not afraid to mix it up and keep you guessing where the next song might lead you. And that what makes this album unique and quite good.

Favorite songs include, "What You Can't Have" a hard driving song that kicks your ass with this great throbbing rhythm that intertwines drums, bass and guitar into a perfect rock song, add some lyrics that Ian Hunter would die to sing and what you have is a perfect rock song. "Butterscotch House" is another favorite with it's very catchy and singable chorus and a retro twanging guitar that make me think of Roger McGuinn twanging & jangling guitar of the Byrds.

When a band totally understands that great music is built by the interplay of melody, harmony and rhythm, what you end with are some really great songs. These guys really get it and so should you too if you want to hear some really great rock & roll played with a whole lot of attitude and twang to boot. So instead of buying another classic album from the past, why not lay your money down on a band that's got some "Damn Good" new music instead. 

PS - It's on butterscotch colored vinyl
Photo: PILL HILL - Rock Floating In A Beautiful Sea Of Twang

OK, I will admit it, I took the weekend off from the store to recharge the batteries and let Nick & Kathleen run the store while I was away.

Now as I had some serious windshield time to do today it gave me a perfect chance to really listen to Pill Hill’s new album ‘It Tastes a Little Sweeter’. The Twin Cities based band consists of Dan Fowlds, Judd Hildreth, Heath Henjum, Jacques Wait and Ben Glaros. This is their second full length album and I have to tell you it is pretty damn good.

Now I have to admit that we have been playing it in the store and between customers I was liking what I was hearing but there is nothing quite like listening to an album from beginning to end to really get a feel for it.

Pill Hill’s ‘It Tastes a Little Sweeter’ is one of those records that reminds me of a whole lot of different bands depending upon the song you are listening to, I hear traces of The Byrds, & Tom Petty from the seventies, REM and Jason Falkner in the middle and Drive-By Truckers and Cross Canadian Ragweed from the present music scene. Like all great rock & roll bands they understand the power of a great guitar chord.

From the jangly guitar intro of Butterscotch House to the massively poppy power chords on One Horse Town, Pill Hill's new album is refreshingly not afraid to mix it up and keep you guessing where the next song might lead you. And that what makes this album unique and quite good.

Favorite songs include,

 

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Pill Hill bring their very own brand of guitar driven rock to the party on their new album, It Tastes A Little Sweeter - with the opening track, Even When You're Blue, quickly defining the sound and style of the album, and in fact, "...Blue" is my favourite cut off the cd.

Come Around (Sunset) , is a close second. interestingly, both songs are sequenced one and two on the record!

The band play tight, the arrangements are good, maybe reminders here and there of Weezer and Golden Smog, even The Jayhawks.

For those that like their rock on the fuzzy and warm side of the street, this is something just for you, for blue nights and sunny days. 8/10

Mark Watkins

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