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"Get ready....."

"Ming Dynasty will slice open your itunes as
Eric Miranda and Ming Chan deliver a new take on New
York pop rock that gives Ginsu a run for their money!"

Jamie Candiloro, Producer - Jamie Candiloro

"Guitar Stories"

Don’t expect predictable career moves from Eric Miranda — if either of the two guitar players in his first band had been able to figure out how to play Queen’s “Now I’m Here,” he might still be playing drums.

But since "Now I'm Here" had his bandmates stumped, Miranda decided to go home and figure it out himself. When he sat down, all he knew about the guitar was that it was in tune — his father, who played a little bit, tuned it for him. Two days later, he had the song figured out. The guys in the band said it couldn't possibly be right, because he didn't play guitar, but Miranda did have it right. "And to this day, I can play that riff," he laughs, "and to this day, it's right."

Miranda was still a drummer when he hooked up with Plug Bunnies, Inc., but a few lineup changes later, he was up front playing guitar full time. He went on to play more than 300 shows with the band, opening for major '80s acts like the Psychedelic Furs and Modern English, by the time he was 20.

With guitar chops sharpened from those live gigs under his belt and a desire to master the instrument in his gut, Miranda started playing everywhere around New York, with practically everybody, accumulating what he calls a "weird, spotty history" of gigs with an eclectic array of bands and guitar players. He's sung and played guitar with Rick Derringer and Rainbow's Joe Lynn Turner, played bluegrass with Boo Reiners in the Demolition String Band, written and performed with Jesse Malin and Francis Dunnery, and been on stage with the Counting Crows and Ryan Adams, who called the Plums, Miranda's last act, his favorite band. He's played punk, power pop, rock and bluegrass, drums, bass and guitar, and he does the singer/songwriter thing too. In short, he's everywhere, doing everything — but so far, only the rock cognoscenti know his name.

That may soon change, thanks to Miranda's latest venture, Ming Dynasty. Eric met up with Ming Chan in NYC and once they started working together, Miranda realized he had a talent on his hands and that maybe they already had their band right there. "I just said, 'Fuck it, let's do this band,'" Miranda says. The pair started writing songs that are a mix of punk, power pop, glam rock, and acoustic strummers, and with demo in hand, they asked renowned New York City artist and designer Joshua Davis if he could build them a website. Davis laughed, and said they couldn't afford him. "But let me hear your stuff," Davis said. He loved it, and not only built their site, but has designed original posters for their shows and become something of a patron saint.

Part of the reason Davis loved Ming Dynasty's demos is that despite Miranda’s meanderings, when it comes to recording, "I’m always hyper about my own stuff," he says. "To me, guitar leads have to be composed. That takes time and energy." This perfectionism has caused Miranda to turn down numerous requests from other artists to play on their records, but the payoff is in his own recordings.

"My friends always tell me that I'll make it big when I get out of all my romantic obsessions — that I chase women more than stardom," Miranda says. But with Ming Dynasty, the "first thing I've really committed to in a long time," he just may have found a love that can last.

- Ben Kaplan

"Bibabidi Blog"

If you're looking for some heavier blues-leaning rock jams to settle you in this wonderful Tuesday morning, look no further: Ming Dynasty (www.myspace.com/mingdynastyband) is all you need.

The New York City quartet was founded by Eric Miranda (of the Plums, which was apparently endorsed by Ryan Adams) and Ming Chan (hence the "Ming" in the name ... I was hoping it was in reference to the actual era of Chinese imperial rule, but alas). Ming hails from Taiwan, but sings like a American-born (or thoroughly naturalized) vocalist. The tunes sound sort of like a more gung-ho Pixies or smoother Breeders with some over blues elements and grassroots influences thrown into the mix for a charmingly old-fashioned underlying vibe.

Keep an eye out for the debut Yellow Tiger LP. It'll bombard its way into your summer, anyway, so better get prepared!

- Nik Mercer

"Ming Dynasty makes mark mixing Asian influence with Rock 'n Roll...."

Ming Dynasty makes mark mixing Asian influence with rock and roll
by Alec Harvey

Ming Dynasty, at City Stages on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Classic Stage City Stages is Friday through June 15. Daypasses are $28; weekend passes are $38 until Monday, when they are $50; available through Ticketmaster and at other outlets.
Click here for a complete schedule and bios of the acts at the festival.

When Ming Chan came to the United States for the first time, she thought it was just for a visit.

"I'm from Taiwan, and everyone, just once in their lifetime, wants to come to New York," she says. "I thought, 'I should just buy a ticket and come over and see for myself.' I told my mom I'd be back by Chinese New Year. But I decided to stay."

That was three years ago, and Chan hasn't been back since. Instead, the young woman who played with a punk band called Moo Shoo Sweet Potato in Taiwan found a new group of musicians in New York. She and Ming Dynasty will play City Stages' Coca-Cola Classic Stage Saturday at 1 p.m.

"Before the music happened, I felt like an outsider," says Chan, who originally was working as a translator in New York. "Then I met Eric."

Eric is Eric Miranda, who was playing a show with his band, The Plums, when he met Chan a few years ago.

Soon after, The Plums were no more.

"The two other guys were extraordinary players, but they didn't have what Ming has -- the built-in composer, the editor, the musician who brings her technique to the table but crafts her parts with almost a visual landscape," Miranda says. "As soon as we got in the studio together, I knew I hit the jackpot."

Together, they formed Ming Dynasty, recording an EP called "Yellow Tiger." The band includes Chan on lead vocals and bass, Miranda on lead guitar and vocals, Andrew Kilpatrick on drums and vocals, and Kole Smith on guitar and vocals.

"It's rock, and it's heavy," Chan says of the band's sound.

It's also a mix of cultures and musical backgrounds.

Chan grew up in south Taiwan, where her relatives were members of Hakka, an ethnic group that farmed using their feet because they were too proud to kneel in the dirt, according to Ming Dynasty's Web site, www.myspace.com/mingdynastyband.

But while she had a rural upbringing, she also had an older brother, who listened to American rock ¤'n' roll.

"Bands like Led Zeppelin and Queen," she says. "Every Sunday, I woke up to that music."

She "gets" the rock. It's other elements of American music that escape her just a bit.

"Eric is totally from American rock ¤'n' roll, and there are some things I can react to, but there are some things I can't react to," Chan says. "The Eagles are a really amazing band, but it's typical American country and something I can't relate to. When I sing the Eagles, I modify the melody and make it more personal. Then there's traditional Chinese music in my blood that interacts with Eric."

Miranda says the combination of influences "brings many surprises."

"I will come to Ming with a half-completed song, and I never know if she is going to give me an arena chorus on par with Freddie Mercury or if we are going to chant quarter tones in Mandarin," he says. "But, whatever it is in the moment, it is usually right, and it is always stunning."

It helps that Chan is an "incredible" musician, says drummer Kilpatrick, who grew up in Auburn and played in the bands Capt. Polecat & the Mystery Machine and the Viceroys.

"She brings a style to the band that is unique and all her own," Kilpatrick says. "I truly believe that her not being totally overexposed to American music her whole life is what makes her style of playing and writing so original."

Kilpatrick also once toured with Taylor Hicks, who is a fan of Ming Dynasty.

"Ming Dynasty is a great rock concept," Hicks says via e-mail. "And I hope the great music lovers of the South will embrace this band."

Some folks in Taiwan are already embracing it.

Though she hasn't been back home since her visit to New York began, Chan says her family is aware of what she's doing.

"I try to explain to my mom what I'm doing but she doesn't really understand," Chan says. "In Taiwan, you go to school 14 years straight and become a doctor or lawyer. .¤.¤. But I let her listen to our stuff, and she said it's kind of nice."

Although Ming Dynasty plays quite a bit in the New York area, where Chan works as a bartender between gigs, they are fairly new to touring.

Chan is looking forward to City Stages, but she's a bit apprehensive.

"I think I'm a little nervous about my language," says Chan, who certainly has command over her English but sometimes searches for the right way to phrase something. "When I play a show, I want to engage people by talking more, but I'm usually more comfortable playing my music."

She has, however, mastered evading at least one question that many American women don't want to answer.

"I'd rather not say," she says when asked her age. "I'm young enough, but I'm old enough, too."

- The Birmingham News

"City Stages Preview"

Ming Dynasty
There are four New York City bands capable of making classic rock. Ming Dynasty is the only one that that doesn't sound like a retro act. The band's best trick is embracing some of the NYC scene's most irritating aspects, including an arch manner that never turns into glam. They also have a singer who provides plenty of charmingly fey moments in unexpected places. And because they play like an electro act without keyboards or dance beats, Ming Dynasty is pretty much the only modern-rock act that City Stages offers this year. (Saturday, June 14, 1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.) —J.R.T.

- Black and White


Yellow Tiger - 2008



Ming Dynasty is a female-fronted band from NYC formed by Eric Miranda and Ming Chan. Eric Miranda, lead guitarist and vocalist, has been playing in the New York City music scene for over a decade. He has record credits with Francis Dunnery, Jesse Malin and Joe Lynn Turner. He has played with the Counting Crows and Ryan Adams. Miranda pursued his own musical course, first with a band called The Plums, which sold tens of thousands of records on a very small independent label and later on his own as a singer/songwriter, playing gigs at CBGB's, Continental, Arlene's Grocery and other renowned New York venues, almost always to a full house.

Miranda met Ming Chan in 2006. She'd moved to New York City from Taiwan where she was the singer and bassist in a Taipei band called Moo Shoo Sweet Potato. Though she's as urbane and cool as they come, her people actually hail from the mountains where they farmed for a living. The Hakka were one of the few ethnic groups in China that refused to bind the feet of their women. They farmed using their feet, being too proud to kneel down in the dirt. We think that that's where Ming gets her eclectic blend of humility and hardcoreness. After hearing her sing and play the bass, Miranda knew she had amazing potential (and it didn't hurt that she was gorgeous to boot). After warm reception from shows at New York and LA's Knitting Factory, the duo locked themselves up in a farmhouse in Millbrook, New York with a Pro Tools setup. After six months, they emerged with their first LP, Yellow Tiger. Jamie Candiloro, who has worked with REM, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson and others, mixed the album.

Drummer Andrew Kilpatrick is a good-ole boy from Alabama, but he "ain't" that simple. He started playing the piano when he was 6 years old and has technical training (drums/percussion) in orchestral and jazz music, as well as rock 'n roll. He has over 10 years of playing, recording and touring experience, most of it extensively throughout the Southeast. Oddly enough, he even had a stint as the drummer for fellow Alabamian, Taylor Hicks (American Idol winner, 2006), but he'll take rock 'n roll over pop music any day of the week.

Guitarist Kolin Smith made it to Ming Dynasty a bit more organically. An NYC lifer, Miranda knew him from the music scene and he simply dropped in on a rehearsal, picked up a guitar, and magically caught on to the vibe instantly.

Ming Dynasty doesn't sound like any other band but we know how people like that, so here goes. They have drawn vast comparisons from bands such as The Animals to The Pixies and The White Stripes. Every track on the Yellow Tiger LP packs both wistfulness and high-energy impact into its three- or four-minute lifespan. Each song is both a ferocious tiger and a little bird, all with the potential to be a hit.

For more, you can visit the official Ming Dynasty site at www.mingdynasty.tv and/or the my space page below.