Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Miles & The Chain Gang

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Miles & The Chain Gang.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MILES & THE CHAIN GANG: We formed in 2018 after a series of coincidences, playing at open mic nights in York. We’ve been playing for years, in our own ways. I’m Miles, I wrote a bunch of songs when I was younger, and demo tapes. Billy Hickling (drums and percussion) toured with the Stomp! theatre and percussion show. Tim Bruce (bass) played in numerous York bands including The Bogus Brothers. Alan Dawson is a guitar player based in Scotland. We played our first proper gig in February 2019.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MILES & THE CHAIN GANG: All sorts of things. Singer-Songwriters (Bruce Springsteen, Justin Currie, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan), rock bands (Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Del Amitri) new wave stuff (The Police, The Pretenders, Blondie), country (Tom Russell), soul (Sam Cooke), 80s pop (Duran Duran, Ultravox, Wham!, Human League etc). Billy likes The Stone Roses. Tim like Lindisfarne and Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney. Alan likes all kinds of stuff, he’s big on David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. For me, it’s really about good songs. It doesn’t really matter what the genre is. The song rules. We are not a jazz band.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

MILES & THE CHAIN GANG: Or latest release is “When It Comes To You.” Your readers should check it out because if they have ever experienced the paralyzing moment when somebody they were really, really into said they weren’t bothered, they will find instant comfort and solace. ‘At last,’ they will think, ‘somebody has expressed my sadness and confusion.’ They may even tap their toes. It’s all part of the service. If they download the track via Spotify, then great.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

MILES & THE CHAIN GANG: A lot of fun. Good songs. An ace band. A laugh. We really want to involve the audience in how the gigs work. I have ideas about we can do that in the future. You never know, there could also be a bar.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

MILES & THE CHAIN GANG: If all goes well, we’ll be on tour, selling lots of tickets and T-Shirts, and staying in swanky hotels. If it goes badly, we’ll be arguing in a pub, lobbing peanuts at each other. Who knows which version will transpire? I hope we have a lot of fun, play some amazing gigs, and meet some of the musicians we admire. That would be fantastic.

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