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The Loud Family - Marcia and Etrusca
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Davis 80s Music
published on YouTube on Nov. 4, 2008

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Loud Family
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The Loud Family: Creative Modern Rock "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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