Influences: Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Ann Arbor's SRC
Described as "Syd Barrett fronting Cream" in OUR BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE,
a book by Michael Azzerad (p) 2001
They performed at their high school theatre, battle of the bands, and Big Steel Ballroom opening
up for COMMANDER CODY and the LOST PLANET AIRMEN (their trumpeter's brothers band). SPROTON LAYER
also opened up for the likes of Carnal Kitchen (Andy MacKay on sax), and other bands of the day.
For more information on this "astonishing band", visit Roger's Myspace.
SPROTON LAYER performed their debut reunion concerts in Ann Arbor, Detroit,|
Boston, and N.Y.C. during the summer months of June and July, 2013. The Miller Bros
are in a wonderful state of shock and looking forward to more performances
after the release of their next CD on World of Sound Records, 2014.
Bass, lead vocals, chief songwriter
Guitar, harmony vocals, songwriter
The Miller brothers's first band, as the precursor to SPROTON LAYER. At ages 16 and 14,
this was their initial introduction to original rock music and free improvisation.
A decade ago Mission Of Burma bucked the trend
and became one of the rare instances of a rock band - one which had
disbanded at the peak of their powers - reuniting and not only not
sucking but going on to a whole second act, no less creative
and vigorous than before. This year Roger pulled yet another neat
trick, reuniting the high school band he had back in Ann Arbor with his
twin younger brothers Benjamin and Laurence, and doing some select club dates that were not only not embarassing, but a positive revelation.
John Neilson - CREEM, Option, Matter, NY Rocker July 27th 2013
Sproton Layer at the 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.
CD/LP FRONT COVER
Artwork by Arnold Lelis
New Alliance Cover (c) 1992 World of Sound Cover (c) 2011
Complimentary to New Alliance'sCd/LP release; a three-song 45 rpm single on clear vinyl
(recorded 1969) (c) 1991 New Alliance Records
CLEAR VINYL RECORD
WITH MAGNETIC FIELDS DISRUPTED
Along with the support of Gertrude Kurath, Roger published all the music and words to our 1st and only recorded work,
along with original psychedelic illustrations by both he and the band's artist, Arnold Lelis. This collection was accepted by the
Ann Arbor Upblic Library into their local archive back in 1972, along with a reel to reel magnetic tape copy of the music.
Pen & Ink drawings by Arnold Lelis accompanied many of the songs
in this book. Below we see the image for the song, "IN THE SUN".
SPROTON LAYER at the BIG STEEL BALLROOM
ROGER MILLER: Bass and lead vocals
BEN MILLER: Guitar and harmony vocals
LARRY MILLER: Drums
HAROLD KIRCHEN: Trumpet
SPROTON LAYER in
"THE LITTLE THEATRE" at PIONEER HIGH SCHOOL