The Loud Family - Last Honest Face
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on July 23, 2013
Follow-up to Remembering Scott Miller (1960-2013)
The Loud Family - Last Honest Face
Loud Family: Mixing Art and Politics
Loud Family: Creative Modern Rock
The Life of Scott Miller
Nan Becker Remembers Scott Miller
Scott Miller's band The Loud Family made their mark in the 1990s in Northern California, notably Sacramento,
Davis and the Bay Area. His band Game Theory had been signed to Enigma Records
in the 1980s before the label went bankrupt. The Loud Family formed in 1991 and continued throughout the last decade. Sadly, Miller's career was cut short due to his untimely death
in April of this year. I was able to gather quotes about him from his friends following the tribute
for him Saturday night, July 20, at Shine Cafe. This live performance captures one of the band's most
artistic songs. Below are some thoughts by fellow musicians who knew him.
Johnny Pride, The Features
"Scott and I were friends and we both loved the band Big Star, which I had discovered through a review in Creem magazine.
Scott and I had conversations about Big Star, particularly about Alex Chilton's lyrics (which he
straightened me out about a time or two). We communicated a bit over the last decade, Scott always
candid and lamenting not being able to make music his primary vocation. He said that he loved The
Features' song 'Last Rites.' I was flattered.
"I think Game Theory were perfect for (R.E.M. producer) Mitch Easter's approach, and with Don Dixon,
it could be that much better. Scott understood then what it took Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices
fans years to figure out - that it's all about the song and delivery, not about who's producing, that
grabs us from the inside and won't let go. I just read the new issue of New York Magazine. Pages 54 & 56 are dedicated to celebrated film maker
Andrew Bujalski's biggest influences. Coming in at #16 is Scott Miller and Game Theory's Real Nighttime album!"
Paul Stanley Niklewicz, The Veil
"Aside from sharing the bill with Game Theory as bass player in Donnette Thayer's band The Veil,
I never played with Scott Miller. He and Donnette had always had a complicated and intense relationship with one another.
My influence on Scott was negligible. I like to think I was the least troublesome of the bunch.
Scott always said that he is happy to share information with anyone who never asks the same question twice.
"I cannot say Scott and I were close friends at all. He never
went out of his way for me, nor should he have. One thing, however, he always recognized when
I was blindsided by ignorance. He would always kind of drift my direction and tell me exactly
what i didn't know. What made an action or practice ethical or when artistic license becomes
plagiarism or even worse just plain cheesy. Concepts like less is more and why it is never
wrong to be cognizant of your own abilities and to work well and be proud of knowing what
you do is the best you can be because the self pride that comes from a job well done, perfect
by your own standards will forever ring true.
"Scott didn't merely share a bunch of data with some dumb kid because he is so smart and knows
so much, he shared what he believed and practiced himself. My departure from the Veil was abrupt
and unceremonious and I never spoke to Scott again, for no other reason than i wasn't around
"Scott's passing left a void that will never truly be filled again.
Because If he gave so much to me, just a goofy kid who played bass in a band that was led by someone he was rather
smitten with at the time, just imagine what he gave to those who really loved him, that he really loved back."
Read more about the Scott Miller Tribute at Shine Cafe in this Sacramento Press article.
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