Would you please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Hi I’m Miles. I sing and write songs, play guitar. The other band members are Billy Hickling (drums), Tim Bruce (bass) and Alan Dawson (guitar). We also have a few friends that have been helping us with recording.
Where did you guys meet and how did you form Miles and the Chain Gang?
We met in 2018 through a series of coincidences, playing open mic nights in York. Billy and I were at Ruby Tuesday one night and played together. Then we did a music and poetry gig and Tim was there, and we got chatting in the pub afterwards. Alan walked into The Three Legged Mare one night in York, en route from Scotland to Love Supreme Festival in Brighton. It was weird how it came together.
What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
I guess it’s just rock ‘n’ roll. Singer-songwriter stuff, a bit of soul, a bit of new wave, a bit of pain, a glimpse of sunset.
What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
The best bands work in a collaborative way. You all bring your skills and talents and you combine them to make something fantastic. The best bands did this – The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who. They all brought something to the party. We have been recording recently and it’s a really creative process because Tim helps with the arrangements, plays a bit of keyboards, and Billy always has ideas for percussion and rhythm patterns. My role is to come up with good songs and sing them as well as I can. There’s nothing quite like being in a band. There was a book about The Clash, called Last Gang in Town. It is like that. That’s why we are Miles and The Chain Gang.
What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Relationships. Sadness. Melancholy. Connection. Reaching out. Memory. Loss. Pain. Brief moments of rapture. A little joy. Those moments when the sky opens and your soul rockets upwards.
Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
Bruce Springsteen. Bob Dylan. Van Morrison. Jackson Browne. The Who. Pink Floyd. Thin Lizzy. Del Amitri. Counting Crows. Billy Bragg. Joan Jett. Taylor Swift. The Jam. The Pretenders. The Police. Stone Roses. ACDC. Rolling Stones. Bruce Cockburn. Stevie Wonder. Sam Cooke. Elvis Presley. Chuck Berry. Taylor Swift. Kim Wilde. UB40. Nirvana. The list goes on…
Where can someone looking for your music find it?
We have a facebook page. And our video is on youtube. Just search ‘Miles and The Chain Gang’ – we’re around.
What’s your favourite part about doing live performances?
The chance that sparks might fly.
What kind of message would you like to give your fans through your music?
Live now. Death is close at hand. Darkness crouches around us. We are specks in the universe. Be here now.
Where do you guys see yourselves in the future? What are your future plans for Miles and the Chain Gang?
I am looking forward to gigs, laughs, guitar solos, soundchecks, radio stations, microphones, merchandise, money, hotels of varying quality, interesting crazy types in Dutch alleyways, moments of poetry, moments of exhaustion, moments of unalloyed joy, German promoters with big moustaches, hangers on, curry, beer, rip-roaring nights that you want to never end, sweat, showers, guitars and fireworks.
Thanks for talking guys. Keep in touch. M x ……
Miles and the Chain Gang’s latest single ‘When It Comes To You’ is available on Spotify, GooglePlay, Apple Music and Amazon MP3.