Jared and the Mill introduce a captivating musical genius on their latest release Van Buren; the fusion of anthemic, introspective elements, catchy melodies, and intricate compositional prowess create a novel sound that embodies the Tempe-based band’s Americana and indie rock roots with an unprecedented twist.
Inspired by the street where his upbringing began, Jared Kolesar, frontman of the band, chose ‘Van Buren’ to name their latest album – a symbol for their beloved hometown in Arkansas. As Kolesar put it, Van Buren is “a little town in the middle of nowhere” that is often overlooked – but holds close to the group’s hearts as home.
“Keepin’ On,” the lead song from Jared and the Mill’s album, perfectly captures the group’s ability to appeal to listeners both old and new. From the beginning, a jubilant hook draws you in before delving into more nuanced perspectives on the joys and woes of life and love.
Kolesar insists that this song serves to remind people to keep standing up for their beliefs, even when it appears like everyone else is lined up against them. It’s a message of holding onto hope and pushing forward in the most trying of times, despite how challenging the situation may feel.
The friends Jared and the Mill have created among each other – Kolesar, guitarist Michael Carter, bassist Chuck Morrison and drummer Josh Morin – has gone the distance; having endured a series of lineup changes and life changes over recent years. Yet, despite their heartache and loss, they have only managed to strengthen their bond through music and its related messages. This cohesion has resonated with their fans, keeping them close even in the hardest of times.
Kolesar conveys heartfelt appreciation for the long-time supporters of the band, asserting that their message is a tribute to both the difficult times and the joys they’ve experienced. “We could not have come this far without our fans,” he expresses, “and they understand precisely why we sing about all aspects of life.”
Connection is the essence of The Mill’s artistry, and it stands as a pillar of their craft more significant now than ever. “We strive to create something that people can feel a part of,” Kolesar explains, “Something that can make them understand they aren’t by themselves and that there’s a bigger picture.”
Jared and the Mill have constructed a melody-filled masterpiece on Van Buren dedicated to the sense of home and the notion of not giving up. It’s an album that speaks deeply to those who have ever battled an arduous fight. Above all, it emits a palpable energy sure to have you believing in the almighty beauty of rock and roll once again.
Post time: 2023-06-28