Tom Miller (musician)

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Tom Miller
Tom Miller at the Bunkhouse.jpg
Black Camaro's Tom Miller (center) and Jimi "Fuzz" Berg (left) performing live
Background information
Born (1976-09-02) September 2, 1976 (age 41)
Southeast Asia
Genres indie folk, indie rock
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, drum machines
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts Black Camaro

Tom Miller is an American musician and visual artist from Las Vegas, Nevada best known as the lead singer and co-creator of Black Camaro.[1][2] Miller shares songwriting duties with co-creator Brian Garth, while also providing the visual aesthetic for Black Camaro's album art and live concert posters.[3] Miller holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNLV and is an active member of the arts community in Las Vegas.[4]

Early life[edit]

Miller was born Thomas Gilbert Miller II in Southeast Asia on September 2, 1976.[4] His father was a helicopter pilot in the US Airforce, and Miller spent most of his early life growing up on military bases. His family relocated to Las Vegas where Tom graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001.[4]

Black Camaro[edit]

Miller formed Black Camaro with Garth in 2001 and began writing and recording songs for the band's first album White People Fucked Up The Blues (2003).[5][6][7] A close bond formed during the two-year writing experience between Miller and Garth, who continued to write and record original music together. Black Camaro would take on several US tours and release four more albums (Hang Glider,[8] Miniature Panthers,[9] Pistachio Moustachio,[10] Radio Capricorn[11][12]), and a DVD that spans the first five years of their career titled What's Your Favorite Movie?.[11][13][14] Around the same time, Black Camaro also released a soundtrack to the DVD, composed of previously unreleased material, titled B-Sides and C-Sides (2003–2008).[15][16] As a mainstay in the Las Vegas music community, Black Camaro has influenced other notable local bands to cover their songs during live shows.[17]

On July 4, 2012, Black Camaro released their long-awaited 6th studio album Black Camaricans.[18] [19] On January 31, 2013 the band released B-Sides & C-Sides Vol. 2, a 20 track follow-up to Black Camaricans, which consisted mostly of the band's "large back catalog of unrecorded or unreleased material".[20]

Visual art[edit]

On September 3, 2010, Miller premiered Plexiglass Miracle Scab in Hillary Salon in the arts district of downtown Las Vegas.[21] A CityLife reporter described the show as one that, "places an emphasis on animals as silent commentators of humanity accompanied by a variety of other inscrutable slogans such as 'pineapple corduroy bone,' matched with bold color and graphic schemes." Black Camaro performed at the event on its opening night.[22]

In November 2012 Miller (as T.G. Miller) premiered Acrylic Satanic featuring "the materials and simplifying aesthetic of sign-making – including wood, vinyl, straightforward text – to the production of gallery art."[23]

Tito Mojito[edit]

On August 31, 2015, Miller released his first solo album under the pseudonym Tito Mojito and the New Conquerors. The nine song album Infinite Love borrows its sound from surf and garage-rock bands, and was released "lazily and on the down low" according to Miller, whose press release was designed to appear as though its namesake stole Miller's computer and used his email list to invite people to listen.[24]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Horny goat weed: Black Camaro sticks neo-psychedelic music in its pipe – and smokes it". Las Vegas CityLife. December 23, 2003. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  2. ^ "New Music For Mondays Part 14 – Black Camaro". Choose My Music Records UK. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Black Camaro's Radio Capricorn". Las Vegas Weekly. July 8, 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b c "T.G. Miller Does the Devil's Work at Kleven Contemporary". DTLV. December 7, 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Black Camaro". Las Vegas CityLife. December 12, 2003. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ "White People Fucked Up the Blues". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Horny goat weed: Black Camaro sticks neo-psychedelic music in its pipe – and smokes it : Music". Las Vegas CityLife. December 23, 2003. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Rhythm & Views – Black Camaro". Tucson Weekly. August 25, 2005. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  9. ^ "Nine Questions – Black Camaro". Tucson Weekly. August 10, 2006. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Stocking Stuffers: Black Camaro, Skooners hand out new CDs at co-release party". Las Vegas Weekly. December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  11. ^ a b Las Vegas Sun, "Black Camaro emerges with a new album," July 8, 2009
  12. ^ "Black Camaro's Radio Capricorn". Las Vegas Weekly. July 8, 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  13. ^ "The 6th Annual Local Music Issue: Interstellar Overdrive". Las Vegas CityLife. June 23, 2004. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  14. ^ "What's new in: local music". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  15. ^ "B-sides and C-sides (2003–2008) | Black Camaro". Blackcamaro.bandcamp.com. June 21, 2003. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  16. ^ "Black Camaro Discography". Vegas Seven. July 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  17. ^ "Local Music:Skorchamenza reunites at Bunkhouse". Las Vegas Weekly. December 8, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  18. ^ "Behind the scenes with Black Camaro's new album". Las Vegas CityLife. July 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  19. ^ "Slow Ride". Vegas Seven. June 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  20. ^ "Someone Sent Us This: Black Camaro, ‘B-Sides & C-Sides, Vol. 2’". Las Vegas CityLife. February 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  21. ^ "A sponsor's guide to downtown debauchery ... and art and shops and stuff". Las Vegas CityLife. September 2, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  22. ^ "First Friday Roundup". Las Vegas CityLife. September 2, 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  23. ^ "Acrylic Satanic". Las Vegas CityLife. November 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  24. ^ "Local Music News & Notes: RNR splits up, Punk Rock Reunion planned". Las Vegas Weekly. September 23, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-03.