Alberni Valley inspires Half Moon Run

Half Moon Run’s Conner Molander is still inspired by summers spent at Sproat Lake as a child.

Half Moon Run’s Conner Molander

It’s been quite the journey for Half Moon Run’s Conner Molander. From Vancouver Island to Montreal to all over the world, the past five years have flown by.

Molander, now on tour with the indie-rock band, Europe, spent many of his formative years at Sproat Lake.

“I actually spent a fair bit of my childhood here in Port Alberni because my great-grandfather came over from Sweden in the 1940s and built a cabin that served—and still does serve—as our family vacation home,” he said.

“So I’ve been coming here since I was little.”

The Alberni Valley helped make him who he was and inspired him when Half Moon Run was just getting off the ground in Montreal.

“A lot of the things that make me who I am came from here and when I think about my memories and my childhood a lot of them are based here,” he said.

“But the band itself was formed in Montreal.”

Molander was in Montreal in 2010 to study psychology at McGill University—or to pursue whatever opportunities came his way.

“I was always a musician as a child and always wanted to be a musician but I think it’s fairly well known now that it’s a hard way to make a living and its very hard to become a professional musician,” he said. These days, Molander does vocals and plays  the guitar and keyboard in the band.

“So I was going to McGill and I was studying psychology, not really as a backup plan but just because I had a bit of a interest in psychology, but I always had my eye open for projects that might have had some potential. “

When he met his soon-to-be band mates, he knew this had the potential to help him achieve his childhood dreams.

“I knew it was a great thing and so I told myself that if we got any sort of momentum I would drop out of school—which I did.”

The band took off from there.

“‘Eventually we got enough songs together to record an album and we got a record deal and things sort of took off from there. We started doing better and better in Montreal and now in parts of Europe and all over the place.”

But Molander remembered the summers spent in the Valley when he and his band mates needed a location to film an independent project with the aid of locals John Kenchenten and Dennis See in December.

“I’m on Christmas vacation and I’m out here with some of my band members, some of my friends, and we’re just out here working on filming some stuff because it’s so beautiful out here.”

It was a brief moment of calm before Half Moon Run took off on a months-long tour.

“After the Christmas break we’re going to tour the United States and all through Europe because we just released our second album, Sun Leads Me On, in October and now it’s going to be a matter of touring that all over the world right through the summer festivals and all that.”

Though Molander prefers being in the studio to stage, the band’s tours have been full of highlights for him

“We went to Iceland and that was spectacular. With Mumford and Sons we played in front of some really large crowds which is a really big rush—stadiums and that kind of thing.”

He also met one of his idols.

“One of my idols is Lou Reed from The Velvet Underground and we were able to perform on stage with him in New York one time.”

But whatever the next few years might bring, Molander’s grateful to have made it this far.

“It’s wonderful, I feel so lucky to be able to be able to make my living as a musician. It’s a dream.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Just Posted

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs acquire veteran forward from QMJHL

Matthew Grouchy set to join the Bulldogs on Friday, Dec. 13

BUDGET 2020: WVIHS rolls out five-year plan for Port Alberni heritage train

Port Alberni council considers options in budget preparation

Alberni high school students fill Salvation Army van full of food

ADSS Athletic Dept.’s eighth annual food drive fills van, bellies with food donations

Island businessman opens up about his journey with prostate cancer

Port Alberni’s Kevin Wright shares online journal entries to help others understand

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Most Read