Arizona indie-folk group Jared & The Mill are currently on a Fall Tour with Alexz Johnson and Patrick Droney. Before their stop in Toronto on October 25th, we spoke with the band to discuss being on the road, their latest album, Gas Station Reviews, and Garth Brooks. Enjoy!
AMBY: Hey Jared & The Mill, thanks for speaking with us! Where does our interview find you today?
Jared & The Mill: Portland Maine! We are currently the furthest we have ever been from home.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Jared: Peanut Butter
Larry: Filet of Fish
Michael: Club Sandwich
Josh: Western Burger
Chuck: Patty Melt
AMBY: You’re currently on a fall tour alongside Alexz Johnson and Patrick Droney which stops in 30 cities over the next few months. Which cities do you look forward to visiting the most?
Jared: Austin. Great vibes, nice people, amazing food!
Larry: NYC. You can walk everywhere, great music scene, I’ve got friends there!
Michael: Nashville. I have family there, great music scene, meat ‘n’ 3s
Josh: Boston. Rich history, good music town with Berklee and all, great public spaces that I dig.
Chuck: Seattle. Music history, friends, Dick’s burgers!
AMBY: You released your latest record Western Expansion last September. Have you started writing new material yet?
Jared & The Mill: We sure have! We’re really excited for these songs to come out. We’re already playing them on this tour!
AMBY: What are your thoughts on the album now that there’s been a year to reflect on it?
Jared & The Mill: Western Expansion was a lovely introduction to who we are as people and as boys from Arizona. It explores topics of boyhood, young love, and uncertainty of our future lives. We’re very proud of it – but we’ve developed leaps and bounds as musicians and artists, and we can’t wait to have material out that reflects these maturities. We’re growing and our statement as a band is growing with us. However, the retained playfulness of our youth is still very present.
AMBY: We love reading your Facebook Gas Station Reviews. Have any truly impressed you yet? If yes, why?
Jared & The Mill: Sheetz is the jam, that place just has it on lock and Wawa is also a good time. Pretty much any time you see a Quik Trip you are in for at least an 8/10 experience. Chiriaco Summit between LA and Phoenix is the promised land though.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Jared & The Mill that nobody knows yet?
Jared & The Mill: We sing “Low Places” by Garth Brooks’ really loud in the van. We also secretly wish we were a black metal band.
Thank you Jared & The Mill, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout