Quails In The Nest
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Quails In The Nest

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Folk Acoustic


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"New Canadian Music"

Hamilton duo Michael Molnar and percussionist Nicholas Valerio recorded Live at the Cottonwood Mansion in a single day in June at the aforementioned stately home-turned museum in Selkirk ON. The songs whisper rusticated charm that's more porch music than urban folk-rock, but offering hints of Animal Collective and Timber Timbre in the mix. - David Farrell

"I Heart Hamilton Blog:Best of 2013"

I can take almost anything
‘Cause I know I can
But you have no idea, do you?
Mikey Molnar and Nicholas Valerio just released Live at Cottonwood Mansion this month and celebrated with a Release Party at Homegrown. The duo recorded the album live off the floor in a historic old mansion out in Selkirk, Ontario. The seven tracks are refreshing and effortless and capture the band’s live show. They complimented the album by filming the recording process, which was done all in one day. Check out all of the tracks on their YouTube channel. - Kristin Archer

"Quails in the Nest"

By the time they’d met each other in the Saint Thomas More High School concert band back in 2010, drummer Nicholas Valerio and guitarist Mikey Molnar had been playing for years. Valerio had been playing drums for 18 years and Molnar the guitar for 10 and the trumpet for 12 but while they’d played in bands before, they realized when they came together as Quails in the Nest, that they shared a similar musical goal.

“We’ve both been in other bands, and I think the more people you play with, the more you understand the type of music you want to play and this is the type of music I want to play, which just worked well with Mikey,” offers Valerio. “I think it’s simplistic, but the way you play makes it sound like so much more.”

“I think it complicates things with more,” adds Molnar. “We have chemistry, and I don’t want someone to muck that up. Having a two–piece makes our music portable and we can play anywhere.”

With just guitar and drums, Molnar and Valerio offer sparse rock, pop, folk, roots tunes that old timers might want to compare to a more rhythmic Dylan sans politics but, as Quails in the Nest, the pair underscores the simpler–is–better motif, with a delicate sound where every note and beat are meticulously placed for effect.

“For me, I guess you could throw Bob Dylan in there as well as Cassino, and Plants and Animals,” offers Molnar on influences. “Nick adds a tasteful rhythm to my melodies. He’s not overpowering with fills or anything. It’s like Nick is telling a story, he adds what’s needed.”

“My favourite kind of drumming is just drumming that boosts the music — I’m just playing to suit the song,” adds Valerio. “Mikey’s this guy that listens to literally everything but the stuff that comes out of him is very poetic, he has a storytelling way of writing. It’s easy listening, folk–poppy kind of stuff. Mikey writes a lot of these raw guitar parts or snippets of lyrics and we work together to make it into a packaged deal. There’s things you kind of have to do when making a song, but you don’t want to make it too cookie cutter. A song needs structure and formality. It’s kind of like a mix between the heart and the mind. The heart is the emotion and the beauty of the song. The brain being the structure and the packaging of the song. I think that Mikey is the heart and I’m the brain.”

To capture the subtleties of their sound, the pair decided to record with Mike Monson in an historical country home built in 1865 in Selkirk. The recording is sonically simple but a near perfect rendering of what the band hopes to accomplish when on stage.

“We did a couple of songs in a studio last year and, it wasn’t what we wanted,” reasons Molnar. “It sounded a little bit too produced, which is not a bad thing, but it’s not what we were going for. We wanted a little more live off the floor vibe. We came up with recording a live album, the only thing was that we needed to find a place. Cottonwood mansion looked and sounded awesome. We had a video crew, Mike Monson, and a couple of tech assistants and we did seven songs in one day. I think it was perfect for our sound, just a microphone in the middle of the room, just to capture what we do live. Two guys making music. Two guys one room — which I wanted to call the album. What you see is what you get. Our music is our personalities being shown on stage.”

Quails in the Nest play this Friday August 2 at Homegrown Hamilton with Danielle Beaudin and Nick Pacheco. Doors are at 9pm and tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance from quailsinthenest.com
- The View Magazine - Ric Taylor


Live at Cottonwood Mansion - 2013



Quails in the Nest is a Canadian folk/pop band formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 2011. The two-piece consists of vocalist/guitarist Michael Molnar and drummer Nicholas Valerio. The two met in 2006 while attending St. Thomas More Secondary School, both playing in the schools concert band.

After high school Molnar studied music at Mohawk College, while Valerio pursued a science degree at McMaster. Both played in a number of local Hamilton bands before beginning to play and write music together as Quails in the Nest in 2011.

Two duo released their 7-song debut LP, Live at Cottonwood Mansion, in August 2013. The album was recorded in an 18th century home in Selkirk, Ontario - which the two believed would be best suited to capture their raw and organic sound. The album debuted at #10 on CFMU 93.3 Top Album Chart (McMaster Campus Radio) and has sold over 300 copies (digital and physical) in its first month of release. Their YouTube account, which includes live footage of their album recording, has received over 4000 views.

Quails in the Nests primary influences include Bob Dylan, Plants and Animals, and Neil Young. Their music has been described has easy-listening folky-pop with rhythmic drums and a bright guitar and a surprisingly full sound for a two-piece. Valerio credits these comments to Molnars capable guitar work, which tastefully fills up a lot of space.

They have received rotation on local radio stations (CFMU 93.3 and 101.5 INDI FM), and have received features in local newspapers and magazines (Hamiltons The View). The band has played shows across Southern Ontario, which includes a number of charity shows. They also donate all profits from button sales to the local Ronald McDonald House.

Molnar and Valerio are also great friends both on and off the stage. They write together, plan together, and play their hearts out together. They plan on taking advantage of the portability that playing as a 'two-piece' provides, doing more extensive touring this upcoming summer (hopefully including some summer festivals).

Quails in The Nest hopes that they can bring listeners a little something new and different, and hopefully make it on to at least a couple iPods.

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