After being played on multiple radio stations across the city such as Limbo Radio, NTS and Reform Radio, February 2019 saw the release of Rainy Miller’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Limbs.’ Put out on his own label, MT. PLEZ, Limbs Features ten tracks of heavily tuned emoting vocals over a mixture of ambient and cheery melodies, inputted with dabbles of Preston patter.
Reflecting on his upbringing through the passenger seat of a Volkswagen Golf GTI, Rainy Miller states his album to be a love letter to the hauntology of his home, the City of Preston. Mr.Miller who now resides in Manchester has been dubbed ‘the Lancashire Frank Ocean’ by i-D Magazine. When I asked him how he felt about the comparison, he said: “to be fair, that was a mazza. It’s only because the music doesn’t follow a format, and the biggest person doing that is him.”
“The album is just my perspective growing up as a working-class kid who’s not from a tower block and not from some mad mansion. However, from one of the little towns that the majority of people come from that never get a chance to actually portray their experiences through art,” he explains.
“It runs back and forth chronologically, but for different contextual reasons. The intro starts off with me in the car with my mates, and then jumps into the first track about growing up with my mum and her Golf GTI. The middle bits are about moving out of Preston and the various feelings and experiences there. Then the last track ends with me back home, talking about cars and how the role they play has changed as we’ve gotten older and what home signifies now.” Cleverly being a story that can be told from front to back and back to front, moving in a full circle, like a wheel.
Just back from touring with New York singer and songwriter Gus Dapperton, Rainy tells me the tour was plain sailing and had no moments of unease. He played alongside the millennial superstar in Southampton, Brighton, London, Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester. Rainy Miller’s first ever live performances.
The bedroom producer to record label owner is now set to play his first headline show at the Soup Kitchen on Saturday 27th April.
One not to miss…
Rainy Miller Live
Venue: Soup Kitchen
Date: Saturday 27th April