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A Dirty Dozen with MICAH MILLER from GETTERS – March 2021

| 10 March 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “With the release of their new single “Row” today, Houston rock band Getters offer a preview of their blistering 6-song EP; a unique blend of rhythmic, spatial indie rock that promises to be “the cannonball that shakes your existence” (6/24, B.A.M. Recordings). Released alongside a sci-fi inflected music video channeling an eerie blend of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch, the song’s churning beat and steady, propulsive rhythm mirror the lyrics of the song, inviting listeners to “just get out” and “keep on moving.” We get drummer Micah to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Fans are in for a variety of sounds, tempos, and vibes.  When starting this project, we never set out to have a specific sound or fit into any certain genre, so that allowed us to naturally gravitate to and connect with a wide spectrum of songs.  I think the more you listen to the songs the more you will notice layers that you do not initially pick up on.  There are a lot subtle, intentional parts in these songs that may catch your ear in one listen but not another.  I would suggest listening in various environments: headphones, car, home stereo.  I think you find what I am alluding to.  My personal hidden gem on this EP is not a specific part of a song, but the last song on the release called “Prayer.”  The origin of this song came via voice memo with an acoustic guitar and vocal.  Our guitarist, Jerry, and I were so moved by it that we did not retrack the parts so that they would be individual stems in the session, and just built the song around the voice memo.  No metronome, no overthinking it, etc.  We just wrote was came to heart and mind in that moment and the final product is not far removed from what was created at the jump.  For me, it is the most raw, emotional song on the EP.  Eager to hear what folks think about it!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

As someone who grew up in a small Texas town, my access to anything other than Country or Christian music was VERY limited.  As I entered middle school, I discovered an entirely new world and quickly fell in love with rock n roll.  The first record I bought myself, without parental consent, was Sixteen Stone by Bush.  I will debate, to this very day, that that record still holds up today!  From there I found even heavier music a la Metallica, Pantera, Deftones, etc.  At the age of fifteen my father was promoted at work and we relocated to Houston.  Amidst the anger that came along with a high school sophomore who was uprooted from the only town he had ever known to a major city; I did the only thing I could think of that would royally piss off my parents… I bought myself a drum kit and made a point to rehearse once both of my parents got home from work every day, LOL.  Within a year of teaching myself to play by playing along with a variety of CD’s I owned, I started my first band with some kids in my neighborhood.  I have been hooked ever since!

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

In 1997, I went to see Metallica at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.  Shortly thereafter I purchased a VHS copy of theirs called Cunning Stunts.  For the next several years, I went to bed every night with that video playing.  I think there was a point where I had more Metallica shirts than non-Metallica shirts in my wardrobe.  At that time, I also found significant influence from Abe Cunningham of Deftones, Jarrod Montague of Taproot, and Morgan Rose of Sevendust.  Fast-forward into the early 2000s and the drumming on Glassjaw’s Worship & Tribute changed my life.  Without it, I would have never developed into the drummer I am today.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Early influences: Metallica, Pantera, Deftones, Sevendust, and Glassjaw. Current influences: Cage the Elephant, Violent Joy, Young the Giant, Ashlee + Evan, and RDGLDGRN.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Paul Meany of Mute Math. Man, that guy just has swag!  Not sure how else to say it.  As a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and performer, I can only image how inspiring it would be to spend some time in a creative environment with him.  It could only yield something cool, fresh, and energizing.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Pop infused vocals on top of head bobbing, toe tapping, atmospheric indie rock.  I think our songs would be fitting for a multitude of environments ranging from a road trip to a lift on an elevator.  Being the newbies on the block, I’ve honestly yet to hear a comparison that was cringeworthy.  I am sure some are coming soon though :/

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Our singer, Chris, pretty much takes the cake here…minus the cooking, Jerry, our guitarist, has that one.  Chris, being the most spiritual and Zen-centric individual in the group, is certainly the first to find himself with a cold drink and a wooden, stringed instrument in his hands.  Chris is always in tune with the mood or vibe and is eternally ready to create.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

In 2013, I had just finished performing at a festival called Rocklahoma.  As I walked off stage, Brian “Head” Welch of Korn was standing there, and he told me he really enjoyed the set.  I did the only thing I could think of… asked him for a photo then proceeded to post in on my Instagram page and text it to half of the contacts in my phone.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The ability to express yourself creatively, both publicly and privately, is the absolute best part of being a musician for me.  It provides a place of therapy, an escape, a release.  Fortunately for myself, I am currently working my dream non-musician job.  I am a Director for a Financial Restructuring Firm.  I am able to work remotely, primarily on my own timeline, so it allows me to focus on it when needed and on music when needed.  Being a drummer and an accountant go together perfectly with my hint of OCD.  Just give me a metronome and a calculator and I am good.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Why are you pursuing a career in music? I have often asked myself that question, and certainly did again as Getters was making the decision to pursue this thing the way that we are now, mostly because of the 10+ years of touring and industry bs in my past.  BUT… you do not give up on love when you have your heart broken, do you?  Maybe you do, intermittently, and then it finds its way back to you without going and searching for it.  Luckily, this time I am working with my best friend of nearly two decades, our guitarist Jerry, so it just came to fruition and once it grew on our hearts and minds, we decided to stick with it.  Cannot wait to keep moving forward and seeing where this takes us.  We are buckled and ready for the ride, wherever it may lead or ultimately end.  Finally, credit to Chris Stapleton with his ever-so relatable song “The Devil Named Music,” because he hit the nail on the head: “I miss my son, and I miss my wife, but the devil named music has taken my life.”  There is just something about music that I cannot quit.  No complaints, no regrets! Least fav question: “what’s something you’ve never told anyone else about your band?”

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Looking back at my career, I have made many a misstep, that is a certainty, and have spent many a night contemplating this very thing… “if only I had done this/that differently, then things would have worked out more favorably.”  Those thoughts can become consuming, toxically consuming, but without mistakes so many lessons cannot be learned.  Being in the present, I would not change anything that has happened throughout my career because it is from all those missteps and hard lessons learned that Getters will be the beneficiary.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Metallica Metallica, aka The Black Album.  Oh, to be a fly on the wall amidst the egos and alcohol ladened sessions those were sure to be!  For myself, as well as so many, this record was grounding breaking in bringing mass commercialization to the metal juggernauts that Metallica had already established themselves to be.  This album bridged a gap for me personally from being a heavy music snob to falling in love with mainstream, radio-centric music of all genres.

BONUS QUESTION – Due to the current world situation with COVID-19 / quarantine / shelter in place, what have you discovered you miss the most from your life before the pandemic struck?

Concerts!  They have been such a huge part of my life since the mid-late 90s and now that I have children, I have deeply enjoyed taking them to shows as well.  I hope we have rounded the last corner and are on the final stretch to return to normalcy… no masks, no social distancing, and no politics around it.  I’m dying for a little mosh pit in my life!!!



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