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 school's '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 Nest's 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 Molnar's 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 (Hamilton's '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 iPod's.
Mikey Molnar (Guitar/Vocals),
Nicholas Valerio (Percussion)