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There are a few refreshing things about General Miggs: their lack of pretention, and the fact that they're genreless, for starters. Call them smart. neo-punk Americana or retro-modern art rock, but nothing comes close to describing their elegant dynamic sound. Thunderous horns ring in 'The Crawling Song' while 'Have A Laugh' is the bittersweet tale of breaking hearts, a shimmering tune that's got it all, from lovely crooning to twangy guitars and a sort of Morrissey-does-rockability vibe. Their music is all about crispness, achingly beautiful melodies and a passionate intensity and it's what makes this band stand out from all the genreless scenesters. This four-song EP is just a hint at what's to come.
- Sentimentalist Magazine


While the Decemberists have been getting all sorts of praise from the indie crowd, General Miggs is more successful with this sort of historical Americana music. General Miggs is a four-piece alternative rock outfit from Brooklyn, New York. These guys create infectious, clever music, with guitars, percussion, pianos, horns, and voices. Imagine Cake with more melody and energy and you'd be in the same neighborhood as General Miggs. Given half a chance, General Miggs has the potential to be a break-out act. They don't follow any pre-conceived trends and are willing to allow their music to range from intense melodies to raw energy. I expect great things from these guys.
- HitSession.com


"Broken Hoof" is unrelentingly catchy. Through verses, bridges and choruses it never loses its momentum, never loses its strict shuffle. The drums and bass play at chaos like clowns play at being drunk: pretending to fall over each other though they are in complete control, pretending to be crude and clumsy though they are supremely elegant. During the first bridge, at 1:23, a steel drum is introduced and manages to sound simultaneously exuberant and aching. The same could be said of the brilliant vocal performance, an unadorned and persistently energetic presentation of the melody - Said The Gramaphone.com


You want the real deal, and General Miggs, a young group from Brooklyn, is it. I look for flaws, and I don’t see many, if any. Best Their CD, Adopt-A-Throwaway, has passion and fuck it innocence that makes there music stand out and sound real. They put their stuff out there and say it loud and proud. These guys make music that could stand tall in any era, be it punk the first, second or third time around, the grunge era, post-punk circa 1980 or today. Can’t ask much more than that.
- Brooklyn Rock.com


Since the release of their debut, Adopt-A-Throwaway, in April of 2004, Brooklyn band General Miggs spent no time away from the writing process. With the addition of guitarist and horn player Josh Dillard, the group went into the studio during the first months of 2005 and emerged with their currently unreleased six song demo.

With its dynamic energy, 6 Songs is clearly a descendant of General Miggs’ earlier work on Adopt-A-Throwaway and the BC Records Compilation. In the place of noisier jams and strained vocals of the previous releases, however, is an increased presence of musical drama as well as the occasional segment featuring vocal harmonies.

I have no way of knowing just how much the addition of Dillard affected the band’s approach to songwriting, but opening track "The Crawling Song" includes a heavy dose of the new member's horn playing. Whether it is trilled notes, an overarching melody, or simply reinforcing the rhythmic punches present on the track, the horn offers a distinguishing sound that manages to carry over even on tracks that don't prominently feature the instrument.

"Broken Hoof" and "Have a Laugh" carry a somewhat similar sound to that presented in "The Crawling Song", but those longing for the bands somewhat more raucous sound will find solace with the final tracks of 6 Songs "Marco + Frankie" and "The Shyest Girl in the World". Ultimately, 6 Songs is the work of a band still exploring its capabilities and they are clearly capable of crafting some engaging compositions. It will be interesting to see how they evolve as they build a body of work for their next full-length.
- The Philler


One thing General Miggs is not, is a clean-cut indie buzzed band from the
NYC with their crowds standing still and their arms crossed.” What they are, to me, is a melodic, almost punk sounding band, but with punk energy and call and response worthy vocals. I like it. These mp3s lack the post punk song by number routine that many bands on myspace.com seem to have. - Mystery and Misery


NYC loves rock. We all know that. It always has. It's in our blood. Why else do you think there is so much fuss to try and keep CBGB's from closing? These boys know that and don't disappoint by giving us a dose of old school NYC rock that spilling out of this debut album. - CrashinIn


General Miggs, a young group from Brooklyn are a thinking person's post-neo punk wave 21st Century rock. They are a rock band that has taken the sounds and forms of what has gone before and, disdaining the artistic shield of PC preciousness and lacking self consciouness or the art project mentality of some groups, crafted something different enough and familiar enough to work. Best of all, their CD, Adopt-A-Throwaway, has passion and innocence that make there music stand out and sound real. That is, the first and last thing you notice about the band - not including their sound and songs - is the lack of artifice, of the studied distance that mars bands that are part of the music industry. - Amazon.com


Discography

Broken Hoof EP - Jan 2006 (only sold at shows)

Adopt-A-Throwaway LP - April 2004 - BC Records

BC Records Compilation - Jan 2004

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Label: Confetti House Records
From: New York City
Influences: The Kinks, The Pogues, The Lemonheads, The Beatles, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Waits

"General Miggs might be the best band you haven't heard." - Loose Record
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Sentimentalist Magazine--
There are a few refreshing things about General Miggs: their lack of pretention, and the fact that they're genreless, for starters. Call them smart. neo-punk Americana or retro-modern art rock, but nothing comes close to describing their elegant dynamic sound. Thunderous horns ring in 'The Crawling Song' while 'Have A Laugh' is the bittersweet tale of breaking hearts, a shimmering tune that's got it all, from lovely crooning to twangy guitars and a sort of Morrissey-does-rockability vibe. Their music is all about crispness, achingly beautiful melodies and a passionate intensity and it's what makes this band stand out from all the genreless scenesters. This four-song EP is just a hint at what's to come.

HitSession.com--
While the Decemberists have been getting all sorts of praise from the indie crowd, General Miggs is more successful with this sort of historical Americana music. General Miggs is a four-piece alternative rock outfit from Brooklyn, New York. These guys create infectious, clever music, with guitars, percussion, pianos, horns, and voices. Imagine Cake with more melody and energy and you'd be in the same neighborhood as General Miggs. Given half a chance, General Miggs has the potential to be a break-out act. They don't follow any pre-conceived trends and are willing to allow their music to range from intense melodies to raw energy. I expect great things from these guys.

Said The Gramaphone.com--
"Broken Hoof" is unrelentingly catchy. Through verses, bridges and choruses it never loses its momentum, never loses its strict shuffle. The drums and bass play at chaos like clowns play at being drunk: pretending to fall over each other though they are in complete control, pretending to be crude and clumsy though they are supremely elegant. During the first bridge, at 1:23, a steel drum is introduced and manages to sound simultaneously exuberant and aching. The same could be said of the brilliant vocal performance, an unadorned and persistently energetic presentation of the melody

Brooklyn Rock.com--
You want the real deal, and General Miggs, a young group from Brooklyn, is it. I look for flaws, and I don’t see many, if any. Best Their CD, Adopt-A-Throwaway, has passion and fuck it innocence that makes there music stand out and sound real. They put their stuff out there and say it loud and proud. These guys make music that could stand tall in any era, be it punk the first, second or third time around, the grunge era, post-punk circa 1980 or today. Can’t ask much more than that.