Interview: Do Miss America

We had a little chat with Do Miss America, a previous star of one of our podcasts, about their sound, influences and  history.

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Who are you?

Cieran Miller, lead vocals/rhythm guitar of Do Miss America.

Why the name?

The name comes from a Ryan Adams track of the same title. It’s got a bit of a ring to it.

What’s your sound?

Americana Rock n Roll.

Who could you be compared to?

All sorts. I’d say Tom Petty meets Crowded House.

So, being a band that crosses into the American and blues genres you’re a bit of a small fish in a big sea of rock and metal bands. How have you been received by the crowds around your area?

Really well actually. I think we fill a hole locally with us having such a different sound to the other young bands. Hopefully that will be the same nationwide.

What’s the blues scene like in Bradford?

It’s not really there to be honest. The venues are few and far between and there’s a tendency to see the same old faces wherever you go. There’s definitely some killer bands though.

What’s your ultimate goal for the band?

It’d be nice to tour the States. If I can make a living playing songs I’ve written then I’m a happy guy.

You released an album last year called Songs From Desire Avenue which one of our team reviewed, tell us about that record.

It’s a well disguised break up record really. I wrote about half of it before we got the band together. The rest came mainly as co-writes with Danny.

What would you say are the highlight tracks that people should look out for?

Mood dependant that one. Queen of California for singalong chorus songs, Gasoline for heavy blues, Georgia for radio friendly pop, Call Off The Wedding for heartbreaking country. Really something for everyone!

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So, you announced on Facebook that you’ve started on another album. How’s that going? Tell us about it?

It’s being written as we speak. We dropped a demo online a few weeks back, called “Can’t Help Myself” which went down really well, and we have a few more we’re playing in the live set at the minute. It’s a watch this space kinda thing.

What goes into writing a Do Miss America song?

Right now it tends to be written by either me or Danny, and then played to the other and presented to the band later on. There’s no set formula as such though.

Most bands have their music infused with elements of material by their favourite bands. Who inspires you?

I guess I adopt styles of writing from the whole range of music that I’ve listened to and enjoyed. I love the whole Alt Rock thing so a lot of stuff comes from that direction as well as the classic Americana rock bands. Then again, I always thought that Georgia sounded a bit like Savage Garden, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

How did the band form?

That was a weird one. I’d been playing solo and had a drummer lined up for a band. We found a guitarist at a jam session in a pub and hooked up Danny on bass. 6 months on and more line up changes than Spinal Tap, all that remained were me and Dan. Luke was a mate of his from school and I was at college with Travis so that was Guitar and Drums sorted. Rob joined about a month later after I met him in the pub.

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How would you describe your live show?

The live show is pretty up tempo. It’s a tricky album to play live because it’s pretty slow in places. The new tunes are helping that though.

Have you done much touring? What sort of things do you get up to?

We haven’t toured at all to be honest. Bad management on my part!

If you had to cover a track, and it had to be a mainstream one, what would you pick and why?

Suspicious Minds. A great tune. Great vocal harmonies.

If you had a label what three bands near you would you sign and why?

Broken Hearts Club Band – Skiffle Pop with a double bass. Loveit.
Waiting for Wednesday – Female duo with beautiful harmonies. What’s not to love? Also they are on our album.
Andy Ruddy – Cracking singer/songwriter. Also my best mate so that’d be a right laugh!

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Going off from that last question, if you could throw three major bands or artists into George Orwell’s room 101 and effectively wipe them out of existence, who would you choose and why?

Paloma Faith – She makes me angry.
Coldplay – A lot of love for Parachutes. Not a lot of love for anything after that.
Pitbull – He’s called Pitbull.

There’s a really cool unsigned music scene all over the UK, but what in an ideal world would you like to see happen in music worldwide?

In an ideal world we’d be the biggest band on the planet!

Why should people bother checking you out?

For the songs – hopefully they will do the talking for us. And for Travis, he has a well chiselled jaw.

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