PRESS BIO

Laurence Bond Miller is a seasoned songwriter having recorded and performed in a number of original bands over the decades.  His main focus now is solo-performance on acoustic and electric guitar.  The majority of his performance songs can be found on CD recordings sold at each show.


From 1969 to 1971 (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Laurence played drums in Sproton Layer, a psychedelic rock quartet with brothers' Roger (Mission Of Burma, Binary System, Alloy Orchestra) and Benjamin (Destroy All Monsters, Nonfiction, degeneration). With all band members still in High School, Sproton Layer opened up for both Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen and Carnal Kitchen (with sax player Andy Mackay). "With Magetic Fields Disrupted" was recorded in 1970 and initially released on New Alliance Records in 1992.  This obscure recording has been remastered and re-released 2011 on the German label WORLD OF SOUND with a 20+ page fold-out.

"...Syd Barrett fronting Cream..."
Our Band Could Be Your Life (published book) by Michael Azzarad. 


NOTE:  2013 Reunion mini-tour
"...Sproton Layer at N.Y.C.'s Mercury Lounge this evening showed that the teen trio's sources were pretty close to the surface - lots of Interstellar Overdrive, some jagged Crimson riffing, a little 'out' jazz and plenty of late psych flourishes, including some Forever Changes trumpet blasts - but they made them into something of their own and delivered them with the benefit of 40+ years worth of hard-earned chops. It's definitely music of its time (1969-70), but you could hear plenty of premonitions of what they would go on to do in MOB, Destroy All Monsters and their other projects over the years. It also sounded convincingly contemporary for 2013, and how many people could say that about their high school band?

In a perfect world Sproton Layer, too, would pick up where they left off and carry on for a few more great records, but who knows if their other projects will allow that? In any case, if you get the chance to see them by all means go, you're in
for a treat..."

John Neilson - CREEM, Option, Matter, NY Rocker 
July 27th 2013

In 1977, Laurence and twin brother Ben joined with Destroy All Monsters' in 1977, soon followed by Ron Asheton (The Stooges) and Michael Davis (The MC5).  For the next two years this Ann Arbor/Detroit-based punk band pumped out a haphazard wall of sound opening up for Sonic Rendezvous, Pere Ubu, The Ramones, Devo, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, The Romantics, The Stranglers, and many others. Laurence and Ben left the band late 1978 due to creative differences, but before doing so left their mark on the band's first two singles; “You’re Gonna Die b/w Bored” and “November 22nd 1963 b/w Meet The Creeper". There were two songs recorded during that studio session, both penned by Laurence and Ben, which to this day remain unreleased; Taken For Granite and Broken Mirrors.

"...While not as well known as the Stooges or the MC5, Destroy All Monsters were another Ann Arbor band whose influence far outstretched its life as an active band. Combining art punk, free jazz, garage rock and lead singer Niagara's histrionics, Destroy All Monsters were the hidden link between the Velvet Underground and no-wave bands like Sonic Youth..."
Josh Steichmann ANN ARBOR CURRENT Sept. 2004

Laurence continued working with his twin brother during the first half of the 80's, co-leading Ann Arbor’s post-punk bands THE SAME BAND, THE OTHER BAND, and NON-FICTION.  NON-FICTION, a well rehearsed power-trio mixing hard pop with the avant-garde, was one of 12 bands picked for Ann Arbor’s 1st compilation LP “Cruzin’ Ann Arbor” (1982).  This featured a song written by Laurence entitled Walkie-Talkie receiving favorable reviews nationwide. 

"...aggressively avant guarde pop - one of the few bands that can handle atonality and a beat at the same time..."
The Ann Arbor News / November 1984

“...Nonfiction is perhaps the most creative and exciting band in Ann Arbor. Drawing upon influences as rich as Eno, Hendrix, MX-80 Sound and Pere Ubu, the trio has come up with an unusual fusion. In live performance, Nonfiction is simultaneously danceable, intelligent and funny. Though they are the supporting act on the bill, their set should be the musical highlight of the night..."
Bill Brown, The Ann Arbor News / August 1982

In 1984, after reaching local notoriety, co-billing with such bands as The Replacements, Dream Sindicate and Lydia Lunch 8-Eyed Spy,  NON-FICTION released a half-live half-studio double LP cassette called "Walking Sideways, Talking Backwards".

“...best local release of the year!..”
Detroit Metro Times / Dec 1984

The group disbanded in Spring 1985.  Miller then decided to do the next best thing.  Go solo.  This was when he first began writing and playing out "unplugged", opening for established local groups like RHYTHM CORE and MAP OFTHE WORLD. Without a record label behind him, Miller was forced to go it alone and record his self-produced four-track cassette tapes on his own.  This new acoustic direction helped fuel the softer side he'd lost. A year later, and for the remainder of that decade, Laurence continued as band leader / songwriter for THE EMPTY SET (an offshoot of NON-FICTION).  Networking out of L.A., THE EMPTY SET recorded extensively, show-casing in LA., Chicago, Detroit, Boston, NYC, and Toronto, opening up for such bands as Hoodoo Gurus and NoMan.  In 1986, they released a 4-song 7” EP entitled “Wandering In Wonder”, and again in 1988, their full length LP “Lost In a Ryptide”

“...a ten-song work of art...” 
Detroit Metro Times / June 1988

In the fall of 1989, Laurence and his brother, Ben and Roger formed the recording collective M3 and began working on a collection of original compositions and improvisations, eventually released in 1993 on SST’s subsidiary label, New Alliance Records. This was the first time all three brothers worked together since their late 60's acid rock band, SPROTON LAYER.

"...M3 self-titled debut CD; one of the richest guitar albums to emerge this year..."   
Guitar Player Magazine / June 1993

Being that no brother lives in the same state, this long-distance collaboration is infrequent at best.
A second CD was recorded late 1990's and released under the name UNEARTHING in 2001.

By 1990 Laurence formed his own record label & publishing company; FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music, parted ways with THE EMPTY SET, switched gears and began recording and releasing maniacal camp-rock originals for his brand new right-brainchild, LARYNX ZILLION'S NOVELTY SHOP.  Their sound combined the drumming forte of Adam and the Ants with the brains of American Composer Charles Ives and the driving force behind Killing Joke.  Remaining as an obscure local cult phenomena, LARYNX ZILLION’S NOVELTY SHOP and it's various band mates aquired five releases to it's credit.

"...Disneyland on fast-forward, spinning out of control...”

Decontrol (Alabama) / June 1991


"...probably won’t be understood by the American listening public until late in the 21st century...”

Ann Arbor CURRENT / March 1992


" **** four stars David Bowie at his most glam and experimental... "

Ann Arbor News / May 1996


“...some of the most multi-layered twistedly complex rock and roll to ever spring from this city. Whether it be Steve Reichian time signatures, stereo headphone freak-outs, science fiction psycho ward confessions of a religious vision with a band that crashes the wall at 180 mph, Zillion is a master of bizarre timing, maniacal ravings and guitar solos from all-night radio stations, blasting from the boom boxes of hell!   In a world where most “R & R” bands are more concerned about THE BIG RECORD DEAL, Larynx Zillion’s Novelty Shop is cause for celebration!...”

Ann Arbor Agenda / June 1996


By the time the new millennium arrived, Laurence had reinvented himself as MISTER LAURENCE
and his Play Money Band
.  A unique class of children's entertainment, performing along to his original recorded backing tracks to children.  Laurence has continued with this persona to this day, along with his solo-singer-songwriter performance and various music & film projects, including a short-lived rock band called MY BIOGRAPHY.


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