Shelley Miller and the BCC

Shelley Miller and the BCC

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Hard, delicate, sinewy soulful noise...tender bombs lobbed through the undressed windows, shaking the darkness into light.

Biography

Shelley Miller & the BCC make music to rip the curtains between darkness and light. Hard, delicate, sinewy, soulful music, music driven as much by Miller's skin-of-your-teeth storytelling as by the band's carefully-crafted guitar lines and shake-your-teeth noise. Think Radiohead by way of Neko Case by way of Thurston Moore by way of Wilco by way of rusty bicycles and midnight thunderstorms and beer and sobriety and too much coffee and not enough sleep.

Since forming mid-2012, SMBCC (Shelley Miller on vocals/guitar/piano, Christopher Elam on guitar/piano, Chris Geisler on bass and Brennen Choinard on drums) have played numerous Midwest venues, including: City Winery, Double Door, Subterranean, Merchant Street Music Fest, the Beloit International Film Festival and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Their self-titled debut EP is slated for release Novemer 2013.

Shelley Miller (solo):

Winner - 2012 Sandy Lee Songfest Songwriting Contest
Finalist - 2012 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
Winner - 2011 Blooming-Tunes Songwriting Contest

Shelley Miller is also an acclaimed songwriter and solo artist. Winner of the 2012 Sandy Lee Songfest Songwriting Contest and finalist in the 2012 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest, she pens darkly soulful tunes about life just outside the lines. Folk? Perhaps...late-night jukebox folk. Gospel for non-believers folk. Had-one-too-many-and-lived-to-tell folk. Rock hymns for the unhemmed folk.

As a solo artist, Miller has released four albums, most recently 2012's "February", and performed at venues and festivals around the country including The National Women's Music Festival; Sisters Folk Festival, Rockrgrrl Festival (Seattle, WA), Midpoint Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH) and the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival. Four of her tunes appear in the 2013 independent movie 'Critical Nexus'.

"A songwriter's songwriter...Miller inhabits her songs like a second skin..." - Wildy's World

Official Showcase - 2012 Folk Alliance Midwest (FARM) Conference
Semifinalist - 2012 Dallas Songwriters' Association Songwriting Contest
Semifinalist - 2012 Show Me the Music Songwriting Contest
"Shelley Miller is a songwriters songwriter; the sort that other artists will pick through her catalog over time for songs to cover. While this is true, its hard to imagine most artists interpreting Millers songs with the same mix of comedy, tragedy and warm-hearted grit that she manages on When Its All Gone, You Come Back. Miller inhabits her songs like a second skin..."
- Wildy's World, March 2010

"Incognito seething rocker" - Expository Magazine

"A songwriter's songwriter...Miller inhabits her songs like a second skin..." - Wildy's World

Miller has released four solo albums.

"Her voice is so important to her sound it's akin to a Stradivarius violin rare and difficult to duplicate. You likely won't find this brand of breaking, heartfelt folk on American Idol, but if there was Americana Idol we'd be texting her in."
- Hannah Frank, Chicago 6 Corners, March 2010

What Critics Are Saying:

"Shelley Miller is a songwriters songwriter; the sort that other artists will pick through her catalog over time for songs to cover. While this is true, its hard to imagine most artists interpreting Millers songs with the same mix of comedy, tragedy and warm-hearted grit that she manages on When Its All Gone, You Come Back. Miller inhabits her songs like a second skin..."
- Wildy's World, March 2010

"When Its All Gone, You Come Back is a must have CD. This is songwriting and performance at the highest level. I think that Shelley Millers When Its All Gone, You Come Back will be one my top picks for the year 2010."
- Don Sechelski, The Muse's Muse

"Listening to her is like pulling up a pair of very, very soft faded jeans over bare skin."
- Les Reynolds, indie-music.com

Lyrics

Walk Away

Written By: Shelley Miller

Devil, oh devil
What is it you've been dying to say?
You got a line a mile long outside your door
Of folks who'd rather lock their troubles away
You got an angel with an arrow and an alibi
On the roof ready to make his stand
I hope I made it plenty clear to you late last night
That you're never gonna get my hand

Help me Jesus to walk
Oh lord, I better walk away
I know love is gonna come for me one of these nights
'Til then I better walk away

Angel, oh my angel
Was there something you was meaning to say?
I've seen you sittin' in the sawdust all night long
Playing cards while the drunks play keep-away
I hope you know that nothin' good ever comes of nothin'
In a place like this on this side of town
Still I 'preciate you comin', tryin' to bend my ear
Pick me up so I can get back down

Help me Jesus to walk
Oh lord, I better walk away
I know love is gonna come for me one of these nights
'Til then I better walk away

Mary, oh my Mary
You tried to wait up for the judgement day
But your TV turned to static, and all your emphatic
Talking just scared the lord away
Now you sit here with a bottle almost every night
Making prayers and taking pains
To catch the man behind the bar with eyes like a star
He seems familiar but you just can't place him

Help me Jesus to walk
Oh lord, I better walk away
I know love is gonna come for me one of these nights
'Til then I better walk away, help me Jesus
'Til then I better walk away, help me Jesus
'Til then...I better walk away

Bigger than Darkness

Written By: Shelley Miller

You come to my window with a riddle and a kiss
Say you got something for me that I can't resist
You got something for me
I can't resist, shouldn't bother trying

You come to my window and you rattle like the wind
Say you got something for me, you're gonna come in
You got something for me, you're gonna come in tonight

I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than you
I've got a love that's bigger than anything you'll ever do
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than this
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness

The birds by the window hatch one by one
'Til the little ones fall and the big ones run
And the wind gets its hands on the nest
Scatters the shells like seeds

You come to me sometimes on days like today
When the words lose their grip and the leaves fall away
And there's nothing but a cold gray sky
To pick you up, take you away

I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than you
I've got a love that's bigger than anything you'll ever do
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than this
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness

Ooh...

Sometimes there aren't enough mirrors to break
Enough stories to fall, enough mountains to make
Of the kindness I crumple up
'Cause I can't look it in the eye

But sometimes the end is just the means to the endless
And sometimes my heart gets so full I can barely breath
For all the love that I get without hardly trying

I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than you
I've got a love that's bigger than anything you'll ever do
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
I've got a love that's bigger than this
I've got a love that's bigger than darkness
Yeah, I've got a love that's bigger than darkness

Ooh...

White Moon

Written By: Shelley Miller

Board your house, here comes the big one
Board your house, here comes the big one
Thought you saw it coming
Now it's too late to run

Wooden nickels and a white flag
Wooden nickels and a white flag
Who's gonna save you know
Who's gonna dig you out

Bury your heart
Bury to keep it from getting hurt
Bury your heart

Little sliver of a white moon
Little sliver of a white moon
Clear now but it's coming
It's coming soon

Bury your heart
Bury to keep it from getting hurt
Bury your heart

Quake

Written By: Shelley Miller

You'd better tell the story you don't wanna say
You'd rather keep, rather keep, rather keep the peace
And be on your way
Gonna burn your heart out
Why you talk that way

We all saw it coming, didn't know it's name
Scattered birds and shattered nerves and twisted frames
And the moon low rising on the wreck of the bay
And the sun came shining on another day
You're gonna burn your heart out
You're gonna burn your heart out
Why you talk that way

Tell me, who pulled the trigger
Yeah, tell me who stole the gun
Who's got that matchstick it under your tongue
Who came a knockin', who came to stay
Who's got your words all laid out, baked and on display

You're gonna burn your heart out
You're gonna burn your heart out
You're gonna burn your heart out
Why you talk that way

You'd better tell the story you don't want to say
You'd rather keep, rather keep rather keep the the peace
And be on your way

November

Written By: Shelley Miller

Wind blows the hands of the clock to five after one
As we walk by
So long to bad days
They're gone like the blue from the sky

Leaves race the alley, chase birds over trash can lids
You take my hand
Walk under ice strung like lights through the branches
Of every bare tree

Race down the sidewalk like kids on a rink
Cold fingers flying, we'll warm them
When we go inside, sit for a while
Laugh at the smiles we can't keep to ourselves
I catch your eyes watching mine
All our words lost somewhere
Between our hearts and our heads

Delicate tip-toe walk through the white steam
From two cups of tea
Army of suits rolls by, straight from the train
We're sitting side by side, not saying anything