Monday, February 19, 2007

Not Those Magnetic Fields Disrupted

Sproton Layer: With Magnetic Fields Disrupted (CD/LP/cass)
New Alliance 055: released 1992 OOP
Recorded in 1970 at 1117 Brooks St.

This was Roger Miller's (Misson of Burma, No Man, Birsongs of the Mesozoic etc) first original band, from 1969 to 1970. Roger played bass, sang, and wrote most of the music; Ben played searing psychedelic guitar and sang, eventually contributing compositions; Larry Miller played drums in a highly unorthodox non-backbeat fashion; and Harold Kirchen (brother of Commander Cody guitarist, Bill Kirchen) played trumpet . Very "post-psychedelic", with a strong Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd and early Soft Machine feel. All members were in High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Roger Miller: Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals (piano, second guitar)
Ben Miller: Lead Guitar, vocals
Larry Miller: Drums
Harold Kirchen: Trumpet

1. Gift
2. Pretty Pictures, Now
3. In the Sun
4. Sister Regis
5. Bush
6. Tidal Wave
7. Up
8. The Blessing of the Dawn Source
9. Nocturnal Mission
10. Point of View
11. New Air
12. The Wonderful Rise

"(Sproton Layer) sounds like Syd Barrett fronting Cream" - Michael Azzerad, from the book "Our Band could be Your Life".

The Brothers Miller record together once every ten years:
In 1969-1970 they formed Sproton Layer (described as "Syd Barrett fronting Cream" in "Our Band Could be Your Life", a book by Michael Azzerad). An album/CD was released by New Alliance/SST in 1991: "With Magnetic Fields Disrupted" (rec: 1970); and a 45rpm slab: "Lost Behind Words." (rec: 1969).
In 1989-1990 they recorded the first M3 CD: "M3", on New Alliance. (One of the "best guitar albums of the year" - Guitar Player Magazine, 1993).
In 1999-2000 they recorded this second M3 CD: "Unearthing", for Sublingual Rare Editions.
Who knows what they'll come up with in 2009.

In the mid-'70's they formed The 4th World Quartet, a precursor to Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. In the punk/post-punk era, Laurence and Benjamin damaged Michigan in Destroy All Monsters (with former members of the Stooges and MC5) while Roger damaged his ears in Mission of Burma. Currently, Benjamin is performing his solo Degeneration guitar work in the Chicago area; Laurence (alias "Mr.Laurence") performs rock songs for kids in the Ann Arbor area; Roger maintains The Binary System and The Alloy Orchestra in Boston. All members have recorded numerous CDs and vinyl slabs.

Sproton Layer - With Magnetic Fields Disrupted

Roger Miller


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