Live Show Review: The Ben Miller Band at The Sunset

Live Show Review: The Ben Miller Band at The Sunset

It was the middle of the week, and an unusually sunny day for the northwest. The Sunset has a great tradition of great shows no matter the day and tonight carried on that tradition with Crow Moses and The Ben Miller Band.

Crow Moses deserves strong recommendation for really setting the tempo for the evening. They played with a strong folk and rock infused sound. The Best song of their set was “Water Mains”. The song has very powerful lyrics which blended seamlessly into visual stories.

Photo By Ruben Lira

Photo By Ruben Lira

Tonight really belonged to one band, The Ben Miller Band. The Blues have been around for years but what this band is accomplishing is something special. They just might be on the cusp of changing blues music for a whole new generation. Every song they played had the entire crowd swaying, dancing and stomping their feet. Ben Miller, the lead vocalist, knows how to make sure the entire crowd is ready for every song. Doug Dicharry, the amazing multi instrumentalist, was mesmerizing in how much talent he has (He played horns, drums, spoons, washboard and sometimes two at the same time). The percussions were very unique in how Doug Dicharry would layer the rhythms with multiple effects that gave the songs a very ambient sound throughout their set. Their song “Hurry up And Wait” was their best song they performed that really showcased the entire bands talent. “Hurry up and Wait” had Ben Miller standing on his percussion box while singing into his homemade telephone mic. Doug Dicharry was playing an electric washboard!! (If you want to hear an amazing instrument listen to an electric washboard, the sounds he was able to get are extraordinary). The bass player, Scott Leeper, plays a homemade one string bass that just added that extra heavy rhythm to every song. They did an amazing yet very distinct cover of  the Nirvana classic “Smells like Teen Spirit” that had the entire crowd on their feet. One of the last songs they performed was the southern revival style song titled “Get Right Church”. This song displays the amazing harmonies of the entire band plus the great songwriting of Ben Miller.

I Highly recommend their most recent album “Any Way, Shape or Form”. I will also add, that if you really want to feel the energy The Ben Miller Band brings you have to go watch them live. Their live shows will be the thing that will have you hooked. You should check them out while they are still performing on the small stage, because it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches onto their music.

New Album, Any Way, Shape or Form, Out Now.




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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