The Films And Music Of Laurence Miller (Sproton Layer, Destroy All Monsters, Empty Set Etc.)

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Laurence Bond Miller is a musician, first and foremost. He began writing songs when he was 14 yrs. old, having since lead many bands and recording projects in various genres every since. A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Miller took piano and clarinet lessons as a child, and later taught himself guitar, bass, drums and accordion. As a teenager, he often played music with his brothers Ben and Roger, collaborating with them in a heavy psychedelic rock band called Sproton Layer starting around 1969. In the late '70s, both Larry and Ben played in the avant-garde semi-punk rock band Destroy All Monsters (Larry handled guitar), while Roger went to Boston and led the seminal alternative rock band Mission of Burma. After Destroy All Monsters broke up, Larry performed off and on with several Michigan bands; he also reunited with Ben and Roger in the '90s for the free-form experimental rock of the trio M-3, and played with the classic-style Detroit rock collective the Empty Set.

Laurence reinvented himself as a children's performer in 1999, soon producing award winning music videos, and his own community TV children's variety show. In his children's-music guise Mister, Laurence, Miller aimed to give kids a richer, more challenging musical experience, while still offering the kind of light-hearted fun they expected.

In 2004 he began shooting and acting in his own short experimental narrative films, producing eight films in all. His last of these was a full length family-friendly feature called "GROWING GRAPES FOR THE FUTURE!" This screwball comedy centers itself around a slew of zany musical vignettes featuring lead character Lammy Rillerson and his band of misfits, Thee 3D Newz. These segments help to carry a dramatic story based on the absurd premise that raisins contain potentially prophetic properties.

Miller’s main focus this year is a new band project, Exploded View with twin brother Benjamin Miller. This project is focused on their vintage psych-rock material, financed by German record label World In Sound. Miller's plans also include resurrecting his 1990’s right brain child, Larynx Zillion's Novelty Shop. Over forty previously unreleased songs are currently being mixed & mastered, with a spring release set for 2016.



MISERABLE WOMAN IN ROOM (Two Versions)

LIGHTS OUT

TURN A LEFT AND DOWN THE HALL

MYSTERIO WALKS (On Christmas Eve)

NAD & STACEY

IN OUTSIDE

PARK IT FOR ME, SWEETHEART

GROWING GRAPES FOR THE FUTURE

Doors at 9 pm; $6-10 donation
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By: Trinosophes

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