(Independent / 10 March 2023)
Vanish is an album that comes after a two decade hiatus in the career of Craig Douglas Miller, founder of Blueburst. It was making the connected with English guitarist and singer-songwriter Marty Willson-Piper, probably best known from his work with Australian psych-rock band The Church, that led to its reawakening.
Willson-Piper's guitar sound is prominent on the bouncy track, driven by alt-rock energy. It's got earworm hooks, and an anthemic chorus. Miller's vocals are strong and sincere.
In the 1990s, Miller's band The Reach was garnering major label interest. It seemed like a heady time...but nothing panned out. It slid Miller into a period of what he calls musical hibernation, fuelled by untreated clinical depression.
The music is definitely retro in feel. That's something Miller isn't shy about mentioning.
“I wasted 20+ years doubting myself and not finishing any music. So it’s extremely gratifying to be back now with the best music I’ve ever made. And it’s been a joy doing it with one of my favorite guitarists of all time,” he says.
“Much of today’s so-called ‘alternative’ rock seems to have become just as overproduced and slick as the pop records they are supposedly an alternative to. But most of my friends, and a lot of younger people as well, are still listening to the albums we grew up with, I think because there’s a rawness and honesty in that music. That’s what we aspired to with Blueburst.”
|Craig Douglas Miller|
About the lyrics, Miller says in a statement, “Turning 50 has shocked me out of ‘mid-life crisis’ mode, and started me in a new ‘Grab life by the balls while you still can’ mode. Many of the songs touch on that theme…making a difference while you can.”
Other collaborators on the album include drummers Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, Richard Thompson) and Brian Platt (The Cads), and bassist Ryan Kelly (Dayroom).
Blueburst’s first single, “Vanish,” was released March 10, 2023. New singles will be launched each month through the summer, along with a slate of live performances, with a full LP to come in Fall 2023.
Personnel: Craig Douglas Miller – guitars/bass/synth/vocals; Marty Willson-Piper – guitar; Michael Jerome Moore – drums