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Mark Moldre Solo Releases

(2009-Present)

Mark Moldre is a singer/songwriter from northern NSW in Australia. He fronted 4 piece Hitchcock’s Regret for a 7 year period and recorded his first solo release in 2009 – the EP Troubled Genius (the title inspired by the Phil Spector trial). In 2010 he followed up with the LP The Waiting Room and the EP This Romantic Day under the guiding influence of Tim Powles (The Church), Michael Carpenter and Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil).

The Waiting Room was well received, gaining glowing reviews and steady airplay across Australia.  After hearing the new album Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst chose Mark as one of his Top 10 Creative Sydney-ites for the VIVID festival and was moved to say about Mark’s new album ““A beautifully produced album of melancholic melodies; sad, grand, scary. 4 stars.”

In 2012 Mark called childhood friend and one time Bluebottle Kiss front man Jamie Hutchings to add his customary spit, grit and sandpaper to a swag of new tunes that would see Mark’s dreamy, melancholy previous fare turned on it’s head. The result was An Ear To The Earth – recorded live and direct to reel-to-reel tape. Not a computer in sight. Along with engineer Chris Colquhoun and long time sidemen Scott Hutchings, Reuben Wills and Adam Lang they laid down the tracks over a period of six days in a small guesthouse beside the beach hamlet of Avalon.

Receiving 4 star reviews and strong radio support An Ear To The Earth (Laughing Outlaw Records) was filled with dark corners, tender romance, redemption and death, human struggle versus biblical consequences, dreams and bad weather. It’s gritty and smooth, poignant whilst occasionally raucous, diverse – and yet somehow it all hangs together. It’s Moldre’s musical history across 10 varying chapters.

Over his career Mark has gained Sydney residencies, festival spots and supports in iconic Australian venues like The Enmore Theatre and The National in Melbourne with acts such as The Church, Tex Perkins, Steve Kilbey, Mark Seymour, Toni Collette, The Break, The Backsliders, Jim Moginie and many more.  A recent highlight was taking his complete band line-up to France in July 2018 for a series of successful shows at the Binic Folks Blues Festival. (Read Mark’s Tour Diary here)

In 2019 Moldre released his third solo album, Fever Dreams and returned to the studio with the very same line-up as heard on An Ear To The Earth and walked out with an album that captures the same sense of magic and mayhem, this time woven into a looser rock ’n’ roll aesthetic.

Produced again by Jamie Hutchings and recorded live and straight to 1” tape, Fever Dreams contains some genre-hopping sonic bedlam, fractured Americana-hued ballads, jazz-tinged standards, old-school Jungle Book style reggae and ramshackle/rollicking noir blues. 

An overwhelmingly successful Pozible campaign has demonstrated the level of support and respect Moldre receives from fans of his music. As a result, Fever Dreams has been pressed on hi-fidelity vinyl, which in turn gives listeners the opportunity to fully appreciate the exceptional cover art painted by French-Canadian luthier/artist Lenny Piroth-Robert of Daddy Mojo Guitars. 

 To find out more about the recordings read Mark’s diary entries here

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Hitchcock’s Regret

(1999-2006)

 Hitchcock’s Regret released two albums internationally on Laughing Outlaw Records – their debut, the self produced Regretfulness in 2001 followed up by their sophomore release Her Life In Reverse in 2003 – produced by Michael Carpenter. Loads of great reviews followed and the band just started to hit its stride live when a night of synchronicity eventuated. Drummer/producer for Oz legends The Church, Tim Powles, turned up at a show in Sydney – on a recommendation from Church front man Steve Kilbey.  Powles went on to produce the album that followed, endless_intermission and signed the band to his label Spacejunk. The new album and the accompanying single Happiness was well received by the Australian press/TV and radio and Moldre hit the road with his new swag of tunes supporting The Church nationally. This period of time also saw the release of the LP Seize The World – a side project with producer Michael Carpenter ironically named The Supahip (with tongues planted firmly in cheek). The upbeat, summery long player was recorded over a period of 12 days. Mark and Michael would arrive at the studio each day without a song – and then sit down and write, rehearse, record and mix the song by days end. The album was released internationally to strong reviews. A health crash in the year of 2006 meant that Mark put all projects, including Hitchcock’s Regret, on the backburner. (They followed up 12 years later in 2018 with a new long player, The Two-Sided Face).

 “I wish I had Moldre’s gift for melodies.  He’s got this pop thing completely sussed, and in a more equal world that would put him at the top of a heap that starts with Lennon/McCartney” Drum Media

 “Mark Moldre has the perfect rich honey pop voice, writes hook laden intelligent, sophisticated, creamy pop songs that shine with quality and depth and is a top notch guitarist to boot” Bucketful Of Brains

 “Moldre, who, aside from playing “guitarsaplenty” also has a go at everything from Theremin to Mellotron, autoharp and thumb-tack piano, making him either a show off or a genius, maybe both” Australian Guitar Player

 A MARK MOLDRE DISCOGRAPHY

Fever Dreams (2019) Yellow Moon Records

Fever Dreams II / Leave Me Where You Found Me / Josephine / How Long? / Full Moon Over Luna Park / Fever Dreams I / White Lightning / Til Now / Keep On Moving / Peak Downs Coal

The Two Sided Face (2018) Big Radio Records


Running Blind / Motor / When I Started Falling Apart / You Can’t See Me ? Let It Go, Brother / Fourarms / New Year / Got To Keep On Moving / With The Radio On / The Only Living Boy In New York / Domino / Time To Turn The Page

An Ear To The Earth (2013) Laughing Outlaw Records

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Everything I Need / Nowhere At All / Madeleine / Where Will I Be? / I Don’t Know What’s Become Of Her / Killer Anxiety / Last Card / Four Winds / Bone Orchard/ O, Dreamtime Blues / Plus iTunes Bonus Tracks / Small Town / Letters

This Romantic Day EP (2010) Yellow Moon Records

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This Romantic Day / Jerry / The Buzzing Of Bees (Timebandit Powles Spooky Mix) / Antidote (co-write with Tim Powles) / Troubled Genius (MC Rough Mix) / This Romantic Day (Original Demo) / Bob Dylan’s Bible (Original Demo of These Things) / Bronte And The Carousel (Complete Version)

The Waiting Room (2010) Yellow Moon Records

The Waiting Room

The Buzzing Of Bees / In This Life / Troubled Genius / This Romantic Day / The Waiting Room / Lifeboat / Ferris Wheel / These Things/Bronte And The Carousel/ (If I Could Only Ever Be) The Man You Dreamed I’d Be / These Birds / Smoke

In This Life Single (2010) Yellow Moon Records

In This Life Single Cover

In This Life / The Waiting Room

Troubled Genius EP (2009) Yellow Moon Records

Troubled Genius

Troubled Genius / The Songs That I’d Forgotten / Hushabye Mountain / Milkwood Moon

Hitchcock’s Regret – endless/intermission (2006) Spacejunk

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opening/credits:milk&secrets / {your}apathy[is killing me] / uwon’tcmeanymore / happiness / goodnightchet / sparks+rain / yourbigmistake / inkstain / burieddeepbeneathmyskin / nothingreallymatters / theperfectending / thegreatescape / lastday/endcredits

The Supahip – Seize The World (2006) Big Radio Records

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Like Love / Tulsa / Everything’s Alright / Something’s Gotta Give / No Tomorrow / Wouldn’t It Be Good / Satellite / Falling Backwards / The Radio / Hanging By A Thread / Ultra Black Light / Let Go (Around The Sun)

Hitchcock’s Regret – Her Life In Reverse (2003) Laughing Outlaw 

Her Life In reverse

How I Wish You Were Her / She’s Looking Through Me / She’s All That I Think About/ Space And Time / Tripping On A Wire / Alfred’s Delight etc / In The Summer / Don’t Wait / Bitter / Milkwood Moon / Jozybeck Blues / Salisbury / The Girl Who Came In From The Cold

Hitchcock’s Regret – Regretfulness (2001) Laughing Outlaw

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Amnesia / Jerry / (You’re Not) The Only One / Regretfulness Pt I / Head In The Clouds / Small Town / The World Didn’t Care / I Don’t Love You Anymore / Gregory Street / Love Is Simple / Reprise / Regretfulness Pt II (A Haunted Conversation) / Looking At Myself / Things Can Go So Wrong / In From The Woods