The week of April 20th marked two significant historical events.
- Posted on Oct 15th 2010 4:00PM by Eric R. Danton
"I haven't traveled through Europe very much, and there's something about all this strangeness, being a stranger in a strange land, that's such fodder for writing," Miller tells Spinner. "It shook me out of my blasé zombiehood, which is probably the first time anyone has ever used that particular phrase."
In spite of the differences he encountered overseas -- the way people dress, talk and interact -- Miller was just as struck by the out-of-context similarities.
"What I liked about it was that I was seeing these things that were ostensibly different, but in reality, the fundamentals of it were the same: someone trudging through a rainy Birmingham [England] morning on the way to work is not fundamentally different from someone driving their 30-minute commute to their crappy job in Albany," he says. "It's the same story that could take place in Dallas or L.A. or anywhere."
So where was Miller doing all that songwriting?
"Dude, everywhere," he says. "In trains, airplanes, backstage in these crazy old theaters."
Appending 'Volume One' to the title of the new album, out now on New West, isn't mere affectation, either: Miller came home with nearly two dozen songs, and 'Volume Two' is due next spring.