Last week I was invited by popular West Midlands trio The Day Ends to interview them, which would a) act as a promotional tool of course and b) be the subject of one of their two new videos ‘Diddery Pompous‘, released at the same time as another video entitled ‘Bio-Section‘.
I was more than up for doing this as singer/bandleader/guitarist/other Miles Perhower always gives great copy and is a top bloke to boot also. I’ve interviewed him twice before, one in 2012 and one in 2014 (link has gone walkabout), so it being 2016 we thought it was only right that we continue in this MODE.
Strong language, passionate opinions and pleasantries are backed up by wing-persons Fibass and Rose of Bearwood. Nearly ten years and various line-up changes since they all started making music together, time has not dulled them. In fact, completely the opposite as you’ll hear. No live gigs are planned for the while, but it would be well worth your time in listening to the free-jazz pleasures that is Miles’ work with Cerebral Palsy Midlands as The CPM Connection. Important stuff.
It was great for me to do this, as it made me hook back my interests in rock and arts journalism. More to come very, very soon in this VEIN, whilst I’m putting the finishing touches to The Wind.
A potted history for the curious…
The Day Ends are the latest offering of the music and art collective led by Miles Perhower. Formed as The Racists in 2006, the band changed their name to Miss Halliwell, bagging a support slot to The Fall in 2007. Miss Halliwell went on to release two EPs and a live album with accompanying full length film ‘Die Son Die!’ in 2009 released by Elementary Recordings.
More video singles followed, combined with accompanying blog ‘Automatic Update‘ dealing in life-on-the-road and down-and-out-in Bearwood-and-the-Black-Country journalism. In 2011 Miss Halliwell disbanded to be replaced by Perhower, who ruffled feathers in Birmingham’s music press with an art exhibition/gig ‘St Eel: The Show in the Mirror’, one full length release and an EP released on the 21st of December 2012.
Miss Halliwell reformed in 2013 on Good Friday, and set to work on their second album (this time a double) ‘Fresh From The Holy Spring/Miles Perhower’s Gusting Guests’ released in November that year. A new blog, ‘The Highlights of Entertainment‘ arrived. 2014 was a busy year with Miles presenting his ‘Brumdemoters’ trilogy, consisting of rehearsal footage, a live gig, the first filmed performance of his work with Cerebral Palsy Midlands, and a travelogue filmed in Eastern Europe
An EP ‘Abscess Granted’ and a compilation ‘Perhower and the Gory Years 2010-2014’ were released in 2015, before Miss Halliwell disbanded again…the rest is up there for your entertainment…the story continues…