Ready the Destroyer
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Ready the Destroyer

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"Ready the Destroyer CD Review"

"Ready The Destroyer teeters on the edge of angular, dissonant indie rock, but never trips over the precipice on ... [Through This] Night. Guitarist/singer Neil[l] Miller always snaps the sweetness into place. He slides his sparkling guitar in "Lifeline" through a simple chord progression during the verses before unleashing a cathartic release in the chorus. The chunky rhythm and elliptical phrasing in the shimmering "Stalemate" snags your ear with a relentlessly catchy hook. (" - Illinois Entertainer

"Review by Bryan Baker"

Ready the Destroyer is a Chicago-based 3-piece in the vein of Built To Spill, Dinosaur Jr, The Afghan Whigs, Fugazi while turning an ear toward Yellow Card, Green Day, etc. Neill Miller (vocal/guitar), Aaron Cleall (bass), and Nicolas Lama (drums) balance the nacent grit of furious rock with a direct melodic approach and build it to the gutpunch in these songs. This is definitely a band to watch out for. They've been honing their sound with solid local and regional shows with the likes of The U.S. Bombs, Far From Finished, Sybris, Venom Lords and Milk at Midnight. Their new CD, Through This Night, was released October 2, 2008 to loyal fans at Reggie's Rock Club and is now available at cdbaby and elsewhere everywhere. - Discover Sounds/Gajoob

"Through This Night: The Big Takeover CD Review"

"This is punchy punk the way I've always liked it best: deft, well-played, melodic, and not the least bit simple. This multi-racial (hurrah to that!) Chicago trio work in a fair bit of '80s emo on their debut. too, so they sound younger, less "old school" '77 ramalama. Leader Neill Miller already sounded like a bad ass guitar guy (he plays circles around most) and ballsy singer long before I got a gander at his equally bad-ass afro out of The Mod Squad. Yowsa! Meanwhile, his nondescript looking rhythm section of Aaron Cleall bass and Nic Lama drums are no slouches in talent quotient, either, holding down a pulsing basis for Miller's stabbing, ripping leads and dangerous rhythm parts. Hard-hitting, serious, and smart, RtD are, like The Soft Boys, ready to destroy you". (

-Jack Rabid, Big Takeover, Issue #63 - The Big Takeover

"The Best Parts Win: Ready the Destroyer, March 27 at the River Music Experience and April 3 at Mixtapes"

"The first thing to notice about the music of Chicago's Ready the Destroyer is that singer Neill Miller's guitar has a lot to say. Some guitarists are technically proficient, but the really good ones are able to give their instruments a voice. Miller's sings ... The instrumental interplay is where the band distinguishes itself, and it's hard to imagine any words or singing that could exude the joy and hope of the bright lead guitar on "Lifeline," which in tone and phrasing does its own little dance on the shoulders of the bass and drums." - River Cities' Reader


Their self-released CD, Through This Night, was engineered, produced, and mixed by Anthony Gravino at the Drake Studio (Chicago) and was released in October 2008. This release contains the following tracks: Drowning, Falling Into Me, Lifeline, All I Want, Stalemate, The Cut, Anew, and Noir.



Based in Chicago, Ready the Destroyer is Neill Miller (vocals/ guitar) and Nicolas Lama (drums). This band is focused on layering unique melodies on top of energetic and flowing soundscapes. Ready the Destroyer, best experienced live, explores every aspect of sound with the aim of stimulating the senses.

Ready the Destroyer signed with Window Licker Records in April, 2009.