This week we feature Mill’s End, a band that has influences from The Allman Brothers to Rush and many places in-between. If you’ve lived in Arizona for any amount of time, or more specifically Tempe you probably wonder if their name is a reference to the avenue and if you guessed that it is you would be correct. Their name is a reference to a now defunct coffee house on Mill Avenue. They formed in 2008 and have played venues all across the state and even had the honor of playing some of the “white out” games for the Arizona Coyotes. Mill’s End consists of Jeff Bump on vocals and guitar, Geoff Butzine on bass, Mike Eckert on Drums and and Keith Perillo on guitar and vocals. Jeff was kind enough to take some time and answer questions for The Local Lowdown so we could learn a little more about the band.
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Jeff, so let’s start with how the band came together.
In 2008 I started jamming with our original drummer and we ended up adding a guitarist we found on Craigslist and our final addition was our bass player Geoff that we met through mutual friends.
Name up to three influences on you, and why
First would be Pearl Jam because of their emotion, their candid lyrics and intense live shows. Second would be Wilco for the diversity, experimentation, and growth of songwriting. Last but not least the Black Crowes for the classic rock and roll sound and groove.
Tell me something about the band that no one knows..yet
We secretly want to do a concept album about Bigfoot
How about sharing the worst or most embarrassing moment for either you personally or the whole band.
Well, it would probably be the time we were upstaged by the recycling dinosaur at a City of Phoenix event that we played.
Here is a fun one, if the band had never met and you could start over with ANY musician, who is it?
Let’s move on to songs, starting with What is your favorite song of all time.
I have too many favorites to name just one.
What song do you wish you had written?
“A Quick One” by The Who
Now how about your favorite song by a local band?
“Buy My Vote” by The Haymarket Squares
Now comes my favorite part, where we talk about the local scene. Starting with your favorite place to play and why?
Crescent Ballroom. It is the best room with the best sound
Some bands are considered live bands, while some feel better about their recorded works. Where do you feel the band shines more, live or recorded?
Name 3 bands for me that our readers need to see.
Mister Lucky, Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers, and Scorpion vs. Tarantula
Ok, in ONE word only describe the local music scene for me
Here is a tougher one, if you could change anything about the local scene what would it be?
I would like to see bands really support each other more by staying for everyone’s set when they can and just going to as many shows as possible.
Now it is your chance to shamelessly promote. What is coming up for Mill’s End? List everything you can think of..and GO!
We will start writing and recording for the new album this summer which will hopefully be out by the end of the year. We also have a road trips to New Mexico and Flagstaff in June, and will be playing Pho Cao in Scottsdale on June 4th.
Time for your final thoughts, Anything goes here.
I think bands just need to keep supporting bands. We are the true music fans, the only difference is sometimes we play and sometimes we need to be the audience.
Thank you Jeff for taking the time to help us all learn a little more about Mill’s End. As always I encourage everyone to not only check out our featured artists but just go out and support local music in general. Find a show and get out there! #supportlocalmusic.
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