Choke Cherry Tree

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Die BEN MILLER BAND ist zurück, veröffentlicht ihr neues Album "Choke Cherry Tree" und bringt die neuen Songs auf den Punkt: "I like the idea of saying something very complicated in a very simple way, that's what we strive for musically, and what I strive for lyrically—to​ ​get​ ​directly​ ​to​ ​the​ ​point."
Produziert wurde mit Chris Funk, einem Mitglied der Decemberists, der ebenfalls Multinstrumentalist ist und weitere Gastmusiker zu den Aufnahmen einlud. Unter anderem Jenny Conlee und Nate Query (The Decemberists), Saxophonist Ralf Carney (Tom Waits, Tin Huey) und Dan Hunt (Neko Case).
Neben neuen selbstgebauten Instrumenten wie zum Beispiel umgebaute und ausrangierte Äxte, hat sich auch das Line Up der Band seit dem letzten Album "Any Way, Shape Or Form" (2014) leicht geändert. Gründungs-Mitglied Scott Leeper ist nach wie vor dabei. Rachel Ammons und Smilin´ Bob Lewis sind die zwei neue Multiinstrumentalisten, die für frischen Wind sorgen: "Our two new members are great and exude personality from the stage, so I feel like we're an all-star band now. I love having a female presence on stage, which creates a different energy that you can't get with just dudes. I think it adds a tension that's different, but we're still high-energy on stage,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​still​ ​play​ ​crazy​ ​instruments​ ​and​ ​move​ ​around​ ​a​ ​lot." Ben Miller kommentiert die Aufnahmen des neues Albums wie folgt: "Early in the process of making this album, I thought that we either had to really nail our live approach in the recording studio, or we needed to forget about that and just work on capturing the songs in an inventive way that presents them in their best light. We decided on the latter approach, and we never​ ​looked​ ​back."

Ben Miller Band TITLE: Choke Cherry Tree On the new record Choke Cherry Tree, the Ben Miller Band has taken another step forward in both style and content. With lyrics ranging from irreverent to introspective, offering views on American history and the societal issues of today, the band delivers a career-defining album. What sets it apart sonically from previous albums is the addition of two new members, Smilin' Bob and Rachel Ammons. The musical palette has expanded with four-part harmonies and a new batch of instruments from cello to homemade, one-off musical creations, forging a sound that is at once familiar and strange. As always, the songs are grounded by the pulsing washtub bass of Scott Leeper, raw vocals and the rhythmic slide guitar work of Ben Miller. The band's ongoing evolution into an exciting new phase shows what has made this band so special.

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Choke Cherry Tree
Choke Cherry Tree
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