The Loud Family: Creative Modern Rock
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on July 25, 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 created authentic modern rock beyond the boundaries of typical alternative music. His melodies
and lyrics sounded like they came from the distant future. He incorporated a lot of originality in his music
while drawing from tuneful influences of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This song called "Marcia and Etrusca" has a
very unique jangly pop/rock sound. In many ways it stands up as more modern sounding than a lot of alternative
hits of the 80s, 90s and the new century.
An interesting dimension of the band the Loud Family is that it has just the right amount of production without
begin over-produced, which is what repelled fans from both the rock and alternative genres over time. Scott's approach
was closer to what R.E.M. and XTC did instead of the direction that withered the alternative umbrella of genres the
past decade. Part of the downfall of music sales, besides the internet, has been an over-emphasis on production and
a trivialization of words and melody. Scott Miller's music was the exact opposite. He wrote impressive and intelligent
lyrics set to brilliant melodies, while the production was more like icing on a cake.
The sonic creativity of the Loud Family is its own artform. It's easy to see how Scott's music was appreciated around
the world, despite not having a huge following or appearing on the charts. Online posts reveal they had fans in Europe who
otherwise never met the band. Part of what makes this recording magical is its connection with various eras. It sounds
rooted in both 60s pop and psychedelic, which also connecting with 70s and 80s new wave. It also has similarities with
British bands of the 1990s such as Charlatans UK and Blur. But most importantly, The Loud Family paved their own way
with their own sound. That's something more bands of the current era need to get back to.
"You should use this thing sparingly" is the message embedded in this song. Although not all of the lyrics are easy
to understand within the layers of guitar and harmonies, there's still a sense that meaning and melody were what drove
Scott's music. His messages were very subtle and certainly pointed to thoughtful imagery, compared with a lot of rock
that is simply meant to follow formulas and sell units. The innovative guitar work was its own statement, exceeding
the purpose of any genre artist trying to fit in with trends. Scott seemed to be beyond trends and cared more about
expressing his unique ideas in music, which is what makes this recording precious and timeless.
Read more about the Scott Miller Tribute at Shine Cafe in this Sacramento Press article.
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