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MIGGS isnt the new kid on the block. They've been one of the best bands youve never heard of (music-reviewer.com) for a while now, with more almost-famous stories than thought possible and they're not showing any signs of letting go or letting up in 2011.
For Don Miggs (lead guitar), Michael Lombardo (bass guitar) and Walker Adams (drums), after years of grinding it out multiple albums, touring over 150 dates a year it was time to push the band to the next level. MIGGS turned to multi-platinum producer/engineer Ken Lewis (Fall Out Boy, Kanye West) to translate MIGGS years of on-stage chemistry into a gripping studio album.
The result was mid-2010s Wide Awake (Rock Ridge), easily MIGGS most accomplished, fresh-sounding and accessible collection of songs to date. In support of the album, the rock trio toured successfully with Maroon 5, Ed Kowalczyk from LIVE, Plain White Ts, Thriving Ivory, Green River Ordinance and Parachute. The debut single, Girls & Boys is about coming of age and learning to appreciate what makes you unique. The song was a hit for MIGGS and peaked at #42 on Billboards Adult Album Alternative chart and #89 on the Billboards Hot AC chart. One of the highlights of year was the making of the video for Girls & Boys, and the chance to work with up-and-coming music video director, Justin Purser. To date, the video has nearly 150,000 views on YouTube.
I wanted to make an album that felt both immediate and nostalgic. Worn in and new at the same time. At its core, Wide Awake is about clarity, focus; seeing things the way they are not as we want them to be and accepting, even embracing that state. Its a good thing even when its a bad thing sometimes.
Each song on Wide Awake has a counterpart, an accomplice another track that connects with it emotionally, echoes it lyrically or recalls it musically, says Don. There is a cohesiveness to the songs, and I want you to feel like youve been on a journey when track 12 finishes. This collection says more in 45 minutes than anything Ive done previously.
MIGGS has fully embraced the webs ability to connect musicians with their fans more directly and can be followed at the most popular social networking sites on the web. The band even produced an eight-episode webisode/podcast called Inside Wide Awake that is available on iTunes and gives fans exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the making of their latest album and their life on the road as one of todays most prolific rock bands.
MIGGS saw its fair share of the spotlight over the course of the years with the singles Perfect and I Believe reaching No. 66 and No. 82, respectively, on Billboards Hot AC chart and "I Believe" even pushing No. 7 on the Hot AC Media Base chart.
In 2009, the band landed a performance on Good Morning America, media accolades came their way and opening slots for everyone, including Duran Duran to Train, Matt Nathanson and Sister Hazel, seasoned their stage show. Music supervisors have included MIGGS unique brand of pop-rock in television, games and movies, such as the A&Es documentary Kurt Cobain, MTVs Five Questions: Nick Jonas, Foxs The O.C., Buena Vista video game Spectrobes, MTVs Bromance with Brody Jenner, A&Es Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Disneys Fallen, and Don even wrote the song for the Florida tourism campaign, Share A Little Sunshine.
Growing our audience organically has always been the goal, says Don. If too many people jump on at once, the boat will sink. Remaining afloat was always key. Wide Awake shows not only how far theyve come, but also promises to keep the band sailing smoothly into the future.