It's a funny thing about manifest destiny...apparently it even gets the best of the residents of Tempe. The West Coast has always captured American's imagination...including Arizona's fiery, 5 piece Americana outfit Jared and The Mill. The tune here, "Western Expansion", is sweet and subdued at first, before taking a rousing, banjo-laced turn that the Mumford crowd can appreciate at the end. Mining metaphorical gold is the theme here, a chance to remake ones' self, a chance to leave the lights of the East (read Eastern AZ?) behind for greater riches out west. The video, which we're premiering, is a live take, filmed in front of a hometown audience.
Being in a band, playing and traveling till your boots blow out, and recording in the studio are labors of love, often as rewarding and joyful as they are taxing, and we thank you for joining us on our journey."
When we first started Jared & The Mill in the summer of 2011 we didn't have a clue where our sound was heading. Between our six band members we had more than our fair share of musical influences that had grown throughout our lives and our time in college. In truth, we were all more or less invested in other musical projects at that time, but it was our surprising ease in working together and our almost effortless camaraderie that made the arrangement of our group so enjoyable. After one show we played another, and then another, and as things often go we were quite suddenly on the local scene, playing alongside the band's of new friends and old throughout the Phoenix area and the state of Arizona. Over that year our sound developed and molded into a sound we really can't nor intend to put a name to, and it continues to change to this day.
In 2012 and into 2013 we were some busy fellas, building our relationships with ourselves, with our music and with our fans. We started adding some new songs to our lineup, toured throughout the southwest in California and New Mexico, and continued to play with local and national acts like Flogging Molly, Cake, The Killers, Y La Bamba, Joe Pug, and Horse Feathers. We were well received in Austin Texas during South By Southwest at our showcase and had a great homecoming from Austin playing at the St. Patricks day Festival with Flogging Molly. At McDowell Mountain Music Festival we made some great memories landing a spot on the same bill as Heartless Bastards, The Roots, and The Shins. From there things continued to grow and we felt ready to record our first album in the month of June.
Western Expansion is a record that speaks for where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going. A few of our oldest tunes have made it onto the album, and some that were composed only weeks before recording. If there's one common influence on an artist's work, I think it's certainly the landscape in which they live. Our music has been called, compared, and regarded in many ways, and we've been influenced and molded by many things, but I'd like to think that some shred of the southwest, of our home, can be found at the heart of our music. We're all born and raised in the state of Arizona after all, and we truly hope we can to do our state proud. Being in a band, playing and traveling till your boots blow out, and recording in the studio are labors of love, often as rewarding and joyful as they are taxing, and we thank you for joining us on our journey. With that, we hope you like the tunes, and share it with your loved ones.