WELCOME TO OUR PROJECT
We are Miele, a five piece alternative rock band hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. Our current full lineup features vocalist and keyboardist Melissa Nilles, bassist and backup vocalist Cedric Lamour, guitarist Joe Spilsbury, guitarist Vishal Vaswani, and drummer Ray Cohen. After releasing our EP Seed Crystal last fall, we are putting out our first full-length studio album and need your help to bring it to life. This is an album lyrically rich enough to be a psych nerd's dream but musically accessible enough for mainstream audiences through the beauty of striking instrumental melodies and ethereal, raw and powerful vocals. We are a band of musicians who all also work in either mental health or special education; our work reflects related themes of human connection and disconnection, drugs and medicine, psychology and self-reflection, creativity and the unconscious, and the beautiful and painful realities of love. The album will consist of ten finished songs that have become mainstays of our live performances over the last few years in the Boston and NYC area. If you'd like to learn more about us and our history, keep reading- our singer and keyboardist Melissa will detail more of our story later on.
A successfully funded Kickstarter project will allow us to record these 10 songs at a professional recording studio of our choice, New Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We have already set up initial tracking dates with them and hope to ambitiously pursue our Kickstarter goals so we can fund these realities. Kickstarter funding will also allow us to mix and master the album professionally, manufacture CDs of our album for wider distribution, create a digital profile for our album on iTunes and Spotify for online distribution, pay an outside artist and/or photographer fairly for creative work they produce for our album cover and inner CD jackets (we have a few past collaborators in mind), and collaborate with a promoter to distribute/promote our album.
Our album explores themes of the ineffable, trying to catch the feeling and sound of different complicated emotions and captured moments, to create a sonic landscape that explores perception and human experience.
We plan to feature the following songs on the album:
Echo: "Echo" focuses on both the sweetness and the brief obsessive quality present in a newly budding relationship, represented by a synchronous shift in the structural dynamics of the song—from soft, sweet, mellifluous vocal, guitar and piano work in the verses, to faster, heavier, jarring, distorted, noisy guitar and drum rhythms in the chorus.
Anxious Ghost: A reflection on episodic, existential, and intergenerational anxiety, "Anxious Ghost" asks the questions we face at times of graduation, job searching, or deciding to do something you don’t know how to do, and answers, "all you can do is chose and follow through.” The song features pop-punk inspired verses, a sonically ironic chorus, and a soft yet upbeat indie rock outro featuring bass and tambourine.
Klonopin Automatons: The first song written by guitarist Joe Spilsbury and vocalist Melissa Nilles, is also maybe the most bizarre and complex of all our songs, with a variety of different sections, and many different sounds, grooves, dark spots, explosions, punk syncopations, and crescendos climaxing and falling. "Klonopin Automatons" focuses on uncomfortable feelings of dissociation and a society where we think the only cure to our problems is medication.
Unfiltered: A dark psychedelic rock song that reflects on the burning of a cigarette as a metaphor for life and death, featuring guitarist Vishal Vaswani with both intricate and spacey guitar leads.
Walking Away: A mysterious piano ballad with a fast Spanish twist in the middle that reflects on the webs of connection and disconnection we create, especially while traveling. Check out an earlier recording here.
Night Sky: Themes of gratitude, universal connectedness, and teenage potential propel punk/ska inspired verses and an anthemic outro with cascading melodies and vocalist Melissa’s apropos refrain: “How lucky are we / To see the sky". Check out an earlier recording here.
Slip Away: A dark and dreamy modal tune with lyrics written in the first moment of awakening, exploring themes of the unconscious, dreaming and internal struggles.
Only Eyes: Written by guitarist Vishal Vaswani, with bouncy guitar riffs contrasted by acidic lyrics that ponder our paralysis in perception.
Love Disease: A slow and groovy track featuring multiple harmonica solos, as well as vocals that focus on themes of creativity, procrastination, and the mind.
Secret Dream: An enigmatic and symphonic finish to the album, "Secret Dream" takes the listener on a journey through a sea of shifting bass, drum and guitar textures as it tells the tale of a chance meeting in Venice.
OUR STORY (as written by lyricist/vocalist/keyboardist Melissa Nilles)
Our story starts the way many other music stories might begin; with a girl, a guy, a guitar, a voice, and a basement. Joe and I met during the orientation for our graduate program in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University in Fall of 2013. After figuring out we were going to be living in the same building and we both liked Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and shared a wide range of musical influence ranging from 1960s/70s classic rock to 90s alternative we decided to write music together. One thing led to another and we formed a band.
First we started as an acoustic duo, practicing in my basement room. Our classmates came to support us at our shows. We wrote songs about mishaps and love affairs and inspiration and the hyper-medicalization of society and therapy as we learned to be therapists.
As our work and interest in the band expanded, we added a drummer, mutual friend Vishal Vaswani. We love Vish and his hilariously stylish ambivalence. He's a true metal lover, well-loved substance abuse counselor, and badass drummer and guitarist. He brought a few of his own songs into the mix, which we arranged together as a band, and I either added or altered lyrics to.
Eventually Vish moved to his true calling as a second guitarist for Miele and we added drummer Ray Cohen and bassist Cedric Lamour in fall 2016. It's been a whirlwind of moving parts as we've gone through lineup changes, a steadily emerging live act growing in size, sound, and stage presence, and the kind of mutual inspiration that only arises when you hang out enough to realize your tastes have been influenced and shaped by each other.
But our passion has gotten more serious. Throughout Miele's development we've released an EP, Seed Crystal, conducted interviews on radio and television, most recently a segment on SCATV's "Don't Forget To Rock" feature programming, and played shows all over the Boston and NYC area for 3 years. This year we participated in and organized some pretty cool shows and events, including playing a great show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston for the first time, returning for our third annual Somerville Porchfest appearance, and organizing and headlining Aeronaut's Rock Benefit Show for The Arts supporting organizations sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts this March in an effort to curb governmental efforts to shut down funding for music/art programming. Our driving force these days is to focus on recording the album we've been longing to release, our combined tour-de-force of the material we've been writing and playing out live for the last few years. These range from songs created during the first inception of Miele as a duo in our humble days in that Cambridge basement such as "Echo" and "Klonopin Automatons" to more mature fare from our current five-piece band such as "Anxious Ghost", "Love Disease", and "Unfiltered".
We hope that our work can be heard by a larger audience because sharing our insight and creative spirit with the world is all we can do to make it better. We think the world needs more music that is real, rough, raw. Music about holding it together in the face of all that is happening right now, music about appreciating the beauty that surrounds us, music about struggling to find a place in the world and wondering if you ever will. It is music that supports an internal process of individuation; music that makes you think. We hope others find new parts of themselves and at the same time are challenged by our music to think beyond themselves to universal patterns that connect us all. Miele's music is also unusual to the rock genre in that it doesn't always follow a traditional verse/chorus format, rather it is often informed by a classical lens that views songs as stories and symphonies with many parts and motifs. In a Miele song you might be taken on a surprising musical journey of instrumentation, arrangement, dynamics, structure, and lyrical content. We hope our new album surprises and delights you as much as we enjoy playing it. Thank you for supporting us and our music.
Special thanks to Claudio Sousa for his filming and editing work for our Kickstarter video, and to the SCATV show Don't Forget To Rock for giving permission for us to use their footage from our July interview and performance on the show in our Kickstarter video! <3
Risks and challenges
We do have our first full tracking session lined up with New Alliance Studio in Cambridge. There is the possibility that due to circumstances beyond our control our recording studio may experience delays or cancellations of dates. Although we are also anticipating a quick mixing process, this can sometimes take time and may also experience delays in terms of scheduling. We have accounted for some delays in our estimated delivery date of the album. However, we cannot predict the future ;) In the event that our album's release is delayed beyond the preconceived estimated release dates, you will be the first to know via updates here on Kickstarter and email.
We do not anticipate not completing this project, especially if the project is funded successfully. Having the adequate funds to complete our recording process, pay an artist for album artwork, and contact promoters who may be able to distribute our album widely will be an amazing and humbling experience.
Once our recording process is complete we will be working on coordinating with online distribution sites such as Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp. These websites sometimes have a turnaround time that may be longer than anticipated. Throughout this process, especially if you have a pre-release album ordered, we will keep you posted on exact dates once release draws nearer. We will also have to account for shipping time from our CD distribution site, Kunaki, which is usually quite efficient but may experience delays due to any factors outside of our control.
Though highly unlikely, it is possible a member of Miele may experience a hardship, illness, or other setback, which would also possibly delay the release of the album if tracking or mixing is not complete. If anything like this occurs (and we are crossing our collective fingers to pray it doesn't) we will be in contact with you regarding updates. As soon as any potential crisis has passed we will resume completing the project. This project is our baby and we want to share it with you even in spite of any obstacles that may arise! <3 MieleLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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