MIGGS on tour with Plain White T's
The vessel for Don Miggs singer/songwriter style comes in the form of the “melodic pop/rock with a bit of an alt-rock edge” band MIGGS with bandmates Michael Lombardo and Walker Adams. The band is currently on tour with the Plain White T’s, famous for their songs “Hey There Delilah” and “1,2,3,4”. The two bands will also be performing with Parachute on what has been deemed The Wonders of the Younger Tour.
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MIGGS isn’t the new kid on the block. They’ve been “one of the best bands you’ve 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-2010’s “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 T’s, 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 Billboard’s Adult Album Alternative chart and #89 on the Billboard’s 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. It’s a good thing even when it’s 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 you’ve been on a journey when track 12 finishes. This collection says more in 45 minutes than anything I’ve done previously.”
MIGGS has fully embraced the web’s 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 today’s 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 Billboard’s 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&E’s documentary “Kurt Cobain,” MTV’s “Five Questions: Nick Jonas,” Fox’s “The O.C.,” Buena Vista video game “Spectrobes,” MTV’s “Bromance with Brody Jenner,” A&E’s “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” Disney’s “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 they’ve come, but also promises to keep the band sailing smoothly into the future.