"With plenty of unique frills and fascinating little ideas making the record distinctly special, Viva El Camino is a one-of-a-kind offering. It is full of musical surprises and constantly drives towards exciting new directions. There is a lot to unpack within Mollo Rilla and this latest album deserves at least a few spins from anyone who loves unorthodox and exciting rock!"
- Metal Injection
"The first thing you notice about Mollo Rilla is Marco Ciofani’s voice. You feel it deep in your gut and buzzing around your brain. Raspy and bellowing, it cuts through the chugging fuzz guitar like a leather-bound preacher delivering sermons of debauchery, villainy and evil....
Viva El Camino’s energy is heavy and raw, while its mix is pristine and present thanks to mastering by studio head Andrew Murdock, who produced Godsmack and Avenged Sevenfold.
“This one was all of that no-rules energy, just finely tuned and distilled more,” says Ciofani. "
- Cleveland Magazine
"If there’s anyone who can bring about a rock ‘n’ roll revival, it’s gonna be inventive guys like these four from Cleveland. The key, as with so many things in life, is simple: adaptation and evolution. If bands like Melvins and Die Like Gentlemen have made us rethink the line between rock and metal, Mollo Rilla are teaching us to rethink our notion of boundaries altogether."
- Doomed & Stoned
"Mollo Rilla are genre defying and continue to push boundaries to their breaking point. Their last record was heavily touted as “Queens of the Stone Age meets Jack White with an underlying dark tone,” and while many of those elements remain, Viva El Camino has evolved into much more, at times recalling seminal acts like Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Them Crooked Vultures, and Eagles of Death Metal to name a few.
While never quite sounding like any of these bands, what they share is a distinctive quirky sound all their own. Mollo Rilla are wild, fun, bold, intrepid, dark, moody, and simply outstanding!"
- New Noise Magazine
"What more can be said ? Viva El Camino perfectly underlines Mollo Rilla's desire to make (good) music, without limiting or locking himself into a specific style. I can only encourage them to continue in this direction. If they manage to keep this creative freedom, the sound that comes out of it will always get an attentive ear on my side. And it is gratifying."
- Aux Portal du Metal
Since Mollo Rilla’s inception, the group’s core mission is one of musical freedom - and simply creating damn fine rock music. Together, the group effortlessly blends styles from Latin to rockabilly, surf to hip hop, and even Disco. Mollo Rilla’s lyrical themes focus on feelings, thoughts and beliefs on freedom, fantasy, faith and, of course, love.
No stranger to the music industry, main lyricist and songwriter Ciofani was previously signed as a songwriter under Roundhill publishing in Nashville. For a year he co-wrote songs with artists all around the city, including former members of Cage the Elephant’s Lincoln Parish. Disenchanted with Nashville and writing music for others, Ciofani returned to his hometown of Cleveland to create something all his own, and in 2017 he found the perfect musicians to compliment his unique writing style. May 2019 saw the release of Mollo Rilla’s independent debut, followed by extensive touring that spring and summer. Another single, “Sangria,” was released in the fall of 2019 and received airplay on Cleveland's iHeart Radio station, 100.7 WMMS. Based on the buzz surrounding their debut album, Mollo Rilla was invited to share the stage with such luminaries as Weezer, Halestorm and Static X at the 2020 Inkcarceration Festival, which ultimately was thwarted by COVID-19.
Viva El Camino, the follow up to the band’s stunning 2019 self-titled debut, is set for release December 4 via Seeing Red Records. With a drive to up the ante from the first record, the quartet flew to Los Angeles to work with renown engineer Bil Lane (Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne) and producer/engineer Andrew Murdock (aka Mudrock), whose credits include Godsmack and Powerman 5000 and many more, at the Hobby Shop Recording Studio West.
released December 4, 2020
Marco Ciofani: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Joseph Botta: Bass Guitar
Joey Shannon: Drums, Vocals
Recorded at the Hobby Shop, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA
Produced by Marco Ciofani
Co-produced by Bil Lane
Engineered by Bil Lane
Mixed by Andrew Murdock (Mudrock)
Mastering by D2 Mastering
Design by Chris Faykus