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Devon Demos - with John Govier

Introducing Millhouse from Teignmouth

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Where does the name Millhouse come from...?
We took our name from a small wooden nutcracker that Boyd received for his 21st birthday. Millhouse became a band mascot and could always be found sitting on the top of an amp at our gigs. He became such an important member of the group that we eventually decided to take his name.

Who's who and how did you all meet...?.
Boyd, aka Neil Emery and Ben Hayes are the songwriters. They also sing and play guitar. Adam Crane's on Bass and Richard Jones looks after the drums and percussion.
Ben and Boyd met through an old girlfriend
of Ben's who'd actually gone to school with Boyd. This was in the summer of '96 and since then the band has taken many different line ups, but it's Ben and Boyd who continue to be the band's direction and inspiration.

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"Sunshine Moon" is quite a lilting, drifting track, how did it come about..?
It's about that girlfriend of Ben's who introduced us and started the Millhouse catalyst. After being together for many years the song tells of her decision to journey to Australia for a year and the feelings left by this.

You spend a lot of time in Birminghman now but you do originate from Devon.... ?
Yep, we were originally a 4 piece band, spending our time playing covers in local pubs and clubs. We've undergone five changes to the line up since then although Ben and Boyd still remain. We studied sound engineering at Coombeshead College and got our City and Guilds and A levels before moving to Sandwell College in the Midlands to pass our HNDs with flying colours. Working between studying allowed us to save some money and buy a small amount of recording equipment (which now totals over £20,000!). We still get back to Devon quite often my (Ben) Mother runs the Cellars Bar in Teignmouth it was Mum who told us about this site.

Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, Millhouse are lapping up that Sunshine Moon

Good old Mum!
What do you think about the current music scene...?.

We're quite disillusioned really.
There's so many manufactured bands out there and nobody really looks to music for creativeness, it's all about money. The British music scene is currently a bit bleak.

What about all the recording equipment you've bought...?
£20,000 worth... and it would be nice to open it up commercially but we've applied for several grants and funding, we've applied to charities and even written to several celebrities to kick start the venture, but every door we turn to gets slammed shut! We work full time in our jobs earning money to buy more equipment and we're 100% dedicated. Our ultimate ambition is to be able to play for people and concentrate on music not money.

Millhouse have also recorded a video to accompany "Sunshine Moon"
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If you DO become famous...?
We don't seek fame as such, all we want is is for people to listen to - and get enjoyment from - our music. We don't want to be rock stars - we just want to concentrate on music 24/7 (and not have to worry about paying the bills!).

Finally then, whose records do you have in your collection...?

Everyone's! From Paul Weller to Smashing Pumpkins, Neil young, Coldplay, Travis, The Verve, Kinks, Small Faces....too many influences to name them all.

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