July 2009: "Hypno" was placed in a promotional video for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. The video was designed by 1881's Paul Duquesnoy. Watch it here.
March 2007: Tenor sax player Sean Behling joins 1881. Played his first show with 1881 on 3/31/07 at The Mosaic in Milwaukee to a full-house crowd.
May 2006: Plays live on 91.7FM WMSE in Milwaukee.
November 2005: "All That Matters" and "Organ-ize" were chosen to feature in the independent film Defect, which was selected to be screened at the Lake Tahoe Film Festival.
October 11th, 2005: Erik of 1881 wins the Rock 102.1 WLUM Nine Inch Nails "Only" Remix Contest. Erik's mix, "Only - Exorcism Mix" is played multiple times during the day on the station. Erik met with Trent Reznor and NIN two days later in Madison before the concert at the Alliant Energy Center.
August 2005: "Takin' Over" features in the independent film, The Gluttonator. 1881's Brian Molstad stared as the title character and Erik Molstad acted as well and scored the soundtrack
April 2003: Voted into the top-eight group of finalists in Summerfest's 2003 Big Gig Competition.
February 2003: Featured on filesharing giant, Imesh.com. Newly acquired fans then rack up over 1000 plays/downloads in only two weeks from 1881's Mp3.com page.
January 2002: On MP3.com, "Ask" off of 1881's LP, Brick & Mortar reaches the #17 spot for listens/downloads after its release in the Alternative General category.
April 2001: Is nominated for a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award for "Best New Band".
"I hear a style. You guys are really talented. Voice is great, music is great, production is great."
- Ruvin Spivak Scout for Columbia Records
"People who say Milwaukee isn't on music's cutting edge haven't heard 1881."
- Gemma Tarlach Entertainment Editor Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The beauty of "Who We Are" is the fact that each song highlights a different aspect of what 1881 is all about. From ear-catching hip-hop beats to the guitar solos, it's all there. Listeners can take refuge in this fresh and diverse combination of sounds."
-Josh Hertzog of OnMilwaukee.com
"They are soon to be the next big thing in Rock Music... Their music is truly different than anything that is out there right now, and their fan base is always growing. They would be a major add to the big gig!!"
- Advent Magazine Summerfest.com Band Suggestions Forum
"...one of the best new dance-techno-rock bands to spill out of the Beer City.."
- Peter Braun Editor of Svoid Magazine
"There has [certainly] been NOTHING as entertaining, shocking or emotional to grace SF's stages - Lyrically real songs, passionate playing and belief in music as a whole make the 1881 experience above and beyond all else in Milwaukee!"
- fan on Summerfest.com Band Suggestions Forum
"Awesome song u have mixed funk electronic & rock sound in a way that blows my mind & Ears...Keep on it!"
- Levi from Merida Yucatan, Mexico on "Forever Doin' It"
"I haven't been a fan of remixes, but this changed my mind. I dig it..."
- Renae - Milwaukee, WI on "Only - Exorcism Mix"
Who We Are...
Vocals, Synth, Programming & Percususion
Guitar & Backing Vocals
Synth, Samples & Saxophone
Tenor Sax & Effects
Phone: (414) 704-1881