Randy Miller Rocks With the Myriad
● By Brandi Barnett
Stakes to SticksFebruary 2007
By Kimberly Carlson
A local contractor went from pounding stakes used for concrete forms to beating drums for hundreds of fans. Last year, Randy Miller – husband, father and co-owner of Metolius Concrete Construction – became the newest member of The Myriad, a Seattle-based alternative rock band.
For the past 17 years,Miller has made his living pouring concrete throughout the North State. In 1997, he and Tom Carlson created Metolius Concrete Construction. Miller and the crew would arrive before daybreak on the job site for several hours of backbreaking work in Redding’s heat, cold, and rain. Though he shares the company’s lead position, a passerby would not see him standing around giving orders, but on his hands finishing concrete.
Before joining The Myriad, Miller often played with local bands and at church. “It was my hobby,”Miller said. But according to everyone who has ever heard Miller play, he’s a gifted musician. “Sure, I had dreams of making it big when I was young,” admits Miller. Neil Peart, the drummer from the band Rush, was his biggest influence.
Many years ago,Miller met and played with lead vocalist for The Myriad, Jeremy Edwardson. Last winter, as the band gained momentum, Jeremy invited Miller to join the band.Miller and his wife, Kris, decided that it was the chance of a lifetime. “It’s a great break for me and my family,” he said.
The Myriad is signed with Floodgate Records. Receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike, the band is quickly gaining popularity. The Myriad’s debut album, You Can’t Trust a Ladder, was on the iTunes “Staff Favorites” list for alternative bands. Its single "Stretched Over” broke into the top five on the National Christian Charts. In April of 2006, the Gospel Music Association nominated You Can’t Trust a Ladder for a Dove Award in the category Best Music Packaging of the Year. As a result, the band members went to Nashville, Tennessee for the televised awards program.
Miller describes The Myriad’s music as passionate,melodic, and engaging. “When you come to our concert, you’re going to go for a ride —one full of fervor and power.” iTunes album review states, “These guys are really recommended if you like Coldplay, which is another way of saying that they’re recommended if you likeU2.”
Traveling up to four weeks at a time,Miller has played more than 150 concerts in the 48mainland states. “Being away from my family is the hardest part. I miss my wife and kids so much.”When the band is playing on the West Coast, Kris and the kids, Conor and Gillian, join him for a few days.
Because the band is in its growing stages,Miller still pours concrete when he is home in Redding. “He’s still my partner,” Tom Carlson said. “I believe in Randy. I believe in the band, and I believe they will be successful. But until then, the company will back him. He’d do the same for me.”
Miller recently recorded his first album with The Myriad. The album,With Arrows,With Poise, will be released this spring. “I learned so much,” he said. “Though, I love rock music and playing hard, I have become aware of the beauty found in subtlety.” After 10 hours in the studio, his back ached like he had been pouring concrete all day.
“When I’m in front of hundreds of screaming fans, it’s weird,” Miller confessed. “I’m humbled when I remember that I’m just a country boy who pours concrete.”