Take An Addictive Ride On Miner's 'Carousel'
While the protagonists may debate as to whether it is a 'family band' or 'band of convenience', emerging Los Angeles-based five-piece folk-rock band Miner agree on the fact that they are 'lovers and friends singing west coast hymns', their ebulliently refreshing and ear-catchingly addictive indie-folk sensibility infused with a breezy West Cost sheen that revels in a joyous, familial camaradeire as they sing of life, love and friendship, and of haunted memories and dreams to come.
Set in motion as a Kickstarter project by the former lead singer of Fight From Above, Justin Miner, the Miner ensemble includes husband and wife duo Justin and Kate Miner, along with his brother Jeremy Miner, as well as Nicholas Spiller and Tobias Urbanczyk, with Justin explaining the band's genesis and evolution by saying 'I built a little studio in my home from parts cobbled together on Craigslist and recorded just about everything in a small bedroom in Silver Lake, slowly going mad between flashes of inspiration and Pro Tools crashes. I spent two weeks listening to nothing but Neil Young. I bought a tambourine. I have more shakers that you can shake a stick at. I taught myself the banjo. I wrote the first quarter of twenty songs, then threw away seventeen of them and wrote five more. I recruited other Miners and friends to sing and stomp. I read Kerouac and wandered California's central coast seeking enlightenment in the redwoods, meditated in a room filled with other musicians in West Hollywood, then roamed Central America and listened to no music at all except the sound of the Caribbean'.
The end result was the album, 'Into The Morning', and Miner the touring band, who set to work building their reputation on the West Cost live scene from San Diego to San Francisco, which has to date included festival appearances at BottleRock, High Sierra, Sun God, Joshua Tree and Lost Sierra, with the band also touring with acts such as Eels, Typhoon, Cayucas, Sir Sly and In the Valley Below. With their song 'Hey Love' charting in 30 AAA radio markets, and syncs with Microsoft, Paramount Pictures, CW Network (Hart Of Dixie) and Hush Puppies, the band are currently capitalizing on their growing buzz with a tour of the eastern states, Montreal and Toronto.