Jared & The Mill
We’re five best friends from Arizona.
We love our land, we love the desert, we love the mountains, we love the people. We love each other. We love bonfires and chili lights and Sonoran dogs (look it up). We love dive bars with neon signs and carne asada tacos at 3am. We love dirty jokes, we love asking each other what we think about things, we love margaritas, we love Van Halen and Jimmy Buffett as much as we love Simon & Garfunkel and Kendrick Lamar. We love dogs, we love our van Tamata (think “tomato” with a western accent), we love you. It’s true.
We’ve released 3 EPs and an album and played everywhere from Macon, Georgia, to Djibouti, Africa (long story, ask us about it). We’ve been lucky enough to headline a few tours and share stages with some lovely people like The War on Drugs, Zac Brown Band, Allen Stone and Ron Pope, to name a few. We’ve played arenas, theaters, clubs and dirty dive bars. Along the way we’ve seen our fan base grow steadily and learned a few things about traveling the country in a van (for example, never forget to fill up on gas in Ft. Stockton, West Texas).
We’ve literally done everything to this point without a whole lot of assistance and our music and demeanor reflects that authenticity. In our sound and in our show we are unabashedly ourselves and that’s why we can pull off the smallest introspective folk tune in the crowd or a loud guitar spastic rock tune on stage.
We’ve spent maybe too much time on the road but we fucking love performing. We’ve grown up relying on ourselves and each other through heartbreak, personal struggle, and missing holidays and special moments at home. The show we put on brings people together in the most genuine way we can, singing with everybody in the crowd, having people’s arms around one another howling, being honest about regrets and accepting others.
We care a lot. We’ve visited fans in the hospital and gone outside and played for kids too young to get into venues. We love and care for everyone who gives us their trust and love and ears to play for. We’re liberal-minded and that’s ok. We confront opposition, we’re not violent, we believe in understanding and celebrate people’s differences. We want to spread open-mindedness and caring with our music and at our shows cuz that shit’s badass. Our message is one of acceptance, not in a circle-sitting-Kumbaya bullshit way, but in a way of acknowledging that we all have shit we regret, and we all have passions and opinions, and it’s up to all of us to filter through our flaws and our regrets to find ourselves.
Don’t judge other people, do your best to have a good time in life, and care about everybody. Like “everybody” everybody.
We recorded some new songs in Joshua Tree and plan on releasing a few of them over the next few months with a full album on the way. The songs are diverse—as diverse as we are being individual members of the band, and as diverse as the range of emotions we discover in our time on the road and at home. It’s easy to want to avoid a broad set of stories for a record, to want to have a vibe or feeling that it conveys as a whole; but, this time around we decided to expose ourselves and our story for anybody to hear and to unabashedly be ourselves.
See ya down the road. Keep Howlin’…