Let it snap, let it roll, hands clap, drums crash, Teletones and solos—somewhere between a bar and the recording studio, Miles Nielsen stirs up his very own brand of Beatle-esque Cosmic Americana. Lilting pop-rock arrangements and sunny melodies hide deeply affecting lyrics and, tucked away between a long forgotten country folk steel guitar, bouncing bass and smooth-as-butter keys lies a little piece of Midwestern bliss.
Miles is a singer/songwriter who was born in Rockford, IL, home of Cheap Trick and Symbol, and power pop DNA runs through the core of his songs and performances. Thirteen years spent playing bars, clubs and theaters has seen him perform as a vocalist and lead guitarist in many Midwest bands, such as Harmony Riley, HMS and, most recently, as a member of the Appleton, WI, ensemble Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. As if this weren't enough he also fronts his own band, Miles Nielsen and co-owns the FUSE recording studio in Rockford, IL that has served as a recording home for Cory Chisel.
Miles grew up knowing that his life would be a journey filled with musical adventure and tall tales. A family tradition of music reaching all the way back to his great-grandfather left Miles no choice but to follow in the same melodic foot-steps. Miles has said, "Most of my childhood was spent on a tour bus traveling across the country with Cheap Trick", which is where his solid songwriting skills and engaging stage presence began to develop.
The earliest songs he produced bore the marks of childhood concerns—"No New Skin Ever Again" shows Miles wondering if his first serious wound will ever heal. "Don't Wanna Be a Bricked Up Window" sees the writer imagining life as a window and expressing the fear of never being able to see clearly or to dream again. These were the songs that sparked the belief in Miles that there was a way to use his daydreams creatively. Miles' view that "songwriting has always been a way for me to meld the world of dreams and real life together" can be seen in the imaginative and expressive songwriting process that he has developed. To take the next step and see Miles Nielsen live is to go beyond the recordings and enter into that world of dreams, where you will experience an emotional and intimate experience that will leave you wanting to laugh, cry and dance. After all, as the man himself says—"Music is the only language that can speak to everyone's soul."
Miles Nielsen is something new and refreshing. Combining his inventive musicality with cues taken from influences such as Tom Waits, The Beatles, Otis Redding and his father Rick Nielsen, Miles has found that healthy and rare balance of the familiar and the innovative. With 'CD Baby' saying that his debut album "... is as if Josh Rouse sang for Jellyfish in some alternate universe of goodness." and 'Absolute Powerpop Review' stating "... you'll be sucked in." Miles is doing something right. Featuring a fantastic guest lineup of musicians including Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Danny Louis of Gov't Mule and Marc Ford of The Black Crowes, "Miles" is sure to impress listeners, as much as his live shows have been impressing those in the know for years. Give his debut disc one listen, and you'll agree that it's honest, it's real, it's refreshing and it's something Miles looked deep inside himself to find. After all he has to continue the tradition of heartland rock 'n' roll that few can claim—"That sound?" he asks, "It came from the Midwest."
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