Electronic press kit

PHOTOS

BIO

Miele is a Boston-based rock band that pulls from a diverse drawing board of art rock, psychedelia, soul, grunge, alternative, metal, and funk influences. Formed in 2014, Miele captivates with soaring vocals from multi-faceted frontwoman Melissa Lee Nilles, arpeggiated keyboard melodies, solid and complex drum and bass rhythms, and startling switches between mystical melodies and heavy rock. Miele's members are inspired by their employment in mental health or special education; this interest drives the band to explore the intricacies of the human condition by responding through multi-layered rock compositions. The name "Miele", meaning "honey" in Italian, was chosen as a playful nod to singer Nilles' and guitarist Spilsbury's on-stage honey drinking antics, as well as a representation of the often mellifluous nature of Miele's music. 

Miele independently released their first EP Seed Crystal in August 2016 to local acclaim. Lauren Moquin of Allston Pudding wrote, "the lyrical content [of Seed Crystal] ponders the evolution and form of emotion, inspiring the psych/funk sound surrounding it all.” Following up their EP debut, Miele released their debut full length album Transience in June 2018. As a unifying artistic vision for the album, Transience aims to explore the passing of ephemeral experiences such as anxiety, dreams, love affairs, travel, connection, existence, and the creative process. Al Gentile of The Boston Hassle wrote in praise, "To say Transience is a great album is an understatement—upon first listen, it’s easy to understand that this release could be a turning point not only for Miele, but a call to local music everywhere to get risky, develop a deeper understanding of the listener and, in the end, truly explore the complexities of being human." Since their inception, Miele has been featured in several music publications including Sound of Boston, Allston Pudding, The Boston Hassle, and The Boston Survival Guide, and featured in TV Programs Don't Forget To Rock, Clinical Depression, and Duck Village Stage Sessions. In May 2018, Miele became the subject of major local attention in The Boston Globe, WBUR/NPR, and Cambridge Day due to their activism in the fight to save the EMF rehearsal space in Cambridge.

MUSIC

PERFORMANCe VIDEO

Miele- Secret Dream

WEMF & MusicIDB Present:  Miele (CD Release) w/ Narrow Waves / elsewhere / Fire For Cavemen / The Great Madness / The Angry Tides + Daniel @ Middle East Downstairs

Press

“At once a listening experience for the ear-trained musician and casual consumer alike, Miele has built a truly novel body of work— it’s hard not to appreciate the many changing voices of Nilles as she acrobatically delivers searing vocals for the many changing voices of the songs on Transience.”
— Al Gentile, The Boston Hassle/Compass, "Miele- Transience"
Miele hopes to inspire or propel a change in the thoughts and feelings of the listener... “Anxious Ghost,” then, is music therapy for the mind and soul, sneaking up on the unsuspecting listener but ending on a note that stays sweet as honey.
— Sahar Roodechi, Sound Of Boston, "Premiere: "Anxious Ghost" by Miele"
Musically, the band is beholden to no singular style, but instead they honor wherever the personality of the song takes them. At times, it’s hard-driving rock with propulsive drums and electric guitar; at other times, the music is slow and dark, melodic and mysterious, with gently picked guitar and piano trickling like a meandering stream. Nilles’ vocals travel effortlessly through their many moods — frantic and biting, forceful and determined, melancholy and dreamy, exotic and magical. It is one wild ride through the ebbs and flows of human experience. The complexity, depth and fast-changing moods of the songs on this ambitious first album makes perfect sense for people who work closely with human emotions. Besides which, any band that has a song titled “Klonopin Automatons” (a standout track in a sea of discoveries) instantly has my heart.
— Julie Stoller, The Boston Survival Guide, "Miele Explores the Human Condition and Offers Sweet, Flowing Therapeutic Sustenance"
“The lyrical content ponders the evolution and form of emotion, inspiring the psych/funk sound surrounding it all.”
— Lauren Moquin, Allston Pudding, "EP Premiere: Miele "Seed Crystal""
“...Nilles’ lyrics reveal another kind of anxiety – the kind comfortable enough to butter your toast before swallowing your soul... [They are] fast and slow at the same time, dark but hopeful, resonant but something of a riddle.”
— Marc Levy, Cambridge Day, "Miele releases single with an unsettling twist: Its ‘Anxious Ghost’ can see right through you"
Miele’s epic musical composition and Nilles’ vocal prowess is a match for any music fan looking for an edgier, melodic and well orchestrated experience.”
— Jesse Kurn, Music Therapist
“To say Transience is a great album is an understatement— upon first listen, it’s easy to understand that this release could be a turning point not only for Miele, but a call to local music everywhere to get risky, develop a deeper understanding of the listener and, in the end, truly explore the complexities of being human.”
— Al Gentile, The Boston Hassle/Compass, "Miele- Transience"

SELECTION OF Prior venues

Pianos (NYC)
TOAD
Atwood’s
The Middle East (Downstairs)
The Burren
Pink Noise Studios
Sally O’Briens
The Plough and Stars
Gulu Gulu Cafe
The Cantab Lounge (Club Bohemia)
Once Lounge (Somerville)
The Hard Rock Cafe
Make Music Harvard Square/Fete de la Musique (Harvard Square, Cambridge)
Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery- EMF Fest
Aeronaut Brewing Company- Rock Benefit Concert for The Arts
McGann's
The Lizard Lounge
Midway Cafe
Park Sounds Festival (Harvard Square)
Aeronaut Brewing Company
First Church Somerville UCC
The Bowery Electric (Map Room)
John Harvard's Brewery- Oktoberfest
The Musical Mystery Bike Tour
PA's Lounge
TT The Bear's Place
Hennessey's Hooley Lounge
O'Briens
Copperfield's
Somerville Porchfest
Roslindale Porchfest
JP Porchfest
(and many, many house/rooftop shows in Boston, Allston, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, and Brooklyn)

TV/RADIO/podcast APPEARANCES

WMWM with Aaron Bornstein- August 2018
WMFO with Aaron Bornstein- April 2018
Regular airplay on WEMF radio- ongoing since September 2015
Live on The Underbelly on WEMF Radio- September 2017
Nadeau Media's "Crowdfunding Cast" Podcast- September 2017
Don't Forget To Rock- TV Program on Somerville Community Arts Television- September 2017
Deeavataproject's "It's My Turn to Talk" Podcast- June 2017
Live Stream @ Hard Rock Cafe on WEMF Radio- June 2017
Live on the Underbelly on WEMF Radio- June 2017
Live Stream @ PA's Lounge on WEMF Radio- May 2017
Interview and performance on WEMF Radio- August 2016
SCATV and Aeronaut Brewery Present- Duck Village Stage Sessions (TV Program)- August 2016
Bay State Rock- WAAF airplay- August 2015
Live with Nash on WEMF Radio- July 2015

FOR BOOKING, CONTACT:

Melissa Nilles
mieletheband@gmail.com
650.305.9082
139 Elm St Somerville, MA 02144