(Release: June 2021)
During the first year of the pandemic, 2020, Ben Miller contacted Jarrod Ruby to begin a new collaboration in Songwriting. After months of work from New Haven to Detroit, ThoughtCrime coalesced into an artsy menagerie of various guitars, bass, Moog, drumkit finesse and surreal-laden vocals tracks. ThoughtCrime satisfies both the pop and art sphere of music making.
Miller's first collaboration with Ruby was ThirdBorder's Sun of Water, Sea of Light CD in 2005. This psych-tinged release received a rave review in Wire magazine and was chosen as 1 of 48 contestants to be nominated for the Grammys 2006 Alternative Album of the Year.
Ruby played in NYC's Proton Proton, AM, Third Border and the Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra. Ruby has also played live with Doug Gillard and has self-released several releases of his solo work under his own name.
Miller was in the psych group Sproton Layer with brothers Roger and Laurence 1969-71, the punk version of Destroy All Monsters with Ron Asheton and Michael Davis 1977-78, Nonfiction 1982-85, and Dirty Old Man River 1997-2000. This century, Miller performed solo multiphonic guitar issuing several releases, performed and recorded with Glenn Branca's 100 guitar orchestra and toured with his Ensemble, multiphonic live soundtrack for NOX with renowned poetess Anne Carson, and the multidisciplinary performance of RUINES with Frank Vigroux. Miller formed NYC's Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra with two symphonies under their belt. As a solo artist, Miller has toured the east coast, Midwest and Europe.
vocal, guitars, recorders, keyboard, percussion, hydrogen
drum kit, synthesizers
Recorded April through December 2020
Flooding Attic Studios, Detroit, MI
Babyhead Studios, Hamden, CT
All songs written by Ben Miller, except Blasé and Jubilee written by Jarrod Ruby
and Gun by John Cale (Copyright: Island Music Ltd., ℗ 1974 Island Records Ltd.)