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Miles to Go

by Chris Jack

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Miles to Go 04:01
Half a Man 02:37
Up and Down 03:09
Thought 03:01
Elephant 03:15
What´s New 03:42


Born in Kirkcaldy Fife (Scotland), Chris Jack has lived on the island of Kyushu, Japan for almost half of his life. Whilst in Japan, he released several albums with his garage band The Routes, ranging from rhythm and blues to garage punk, from surf to psych.

“Miles to Go” started life as a no-frills acoustic 4 track demo, consisting of 3 home recorded songs. The songs were written and recorded spontaneously, without overthinking. The idea behind the recording was to create an audio document of a particular moment in time, rather like an entry in a diary. The songs were recorded purely for personal pleasure, taking influence from bands such as Felt, The Pastels, Galaxie 500, Guided By Voices, The Velvet Underground, and The Lemon Drops, amongst many others. Upon the interest of Action Weekend Records, the audio document idea was extended to 10 songs over the space of 10 nights. Drums, percussion and glockenspiel were provided by Bryan Styles (a bandmate of Jack’s from 25 years earlier).
The songs, the melodies and the recording are simple and restrained. The acoustic compositions are accompanied by organ, Rhodes, melodeon, vibraphone and more, with production that is rich and warm.

“Miles to Go” sees Chris Jack moving beyond the snotty, cynical vocals and lyrics, the fuzz guitars and rough-edged production aesthetic of garage rock, and emerging into something as bare, vulnerable and intimate as a solo album should be.

"A slowly piercing series of meditative cycles, ‘Miles To Go’ presents 10 tracks that channel Galaxie 500’s spider-like minimalism, the warmth of early Low, or even the twilight introspection of the Velvet Underground’s bummed out third album. It’s all fuelled by this desire to communicate, something that allows the opening title track to truly get under your skin."

"A record about growth and self-knowledge, ‘Miles To Go’ is the sound of the UK born songwriter finally looking in the mirror. Shorn of vintage tropes, it buzzes with minimalist invention, with songs such as ‘Thought’ and ‘Elephant’ betraying a unique kind of delicacy."

" ‘Miles To Go’ is Chris Jack at his most allusive, yet curiously also his most direct. One to seek out."

Robin Murray (Clash Magazine 27-10-20)

“Miles To Go" is released on Action Weekend Records on 4th November 2020. The LP is limited to 300 copies.


Nacido en Kirkcaldy Fife (Escocia), Chris Jack ha vivido en la isla de Kyushu, Japón durante casi la mitad de su vida. Durante su estancia en Japón, ha publicado varios álbumes con su banda de garaje, The Routes, oscilando estilísticamente entre el rhythm and blues, el garage-punk, el surf y la psicodelia.

"Miles to Go" nació como una grabación acústica en 4 pistas, que constaba de 3 canciones grabadas en casa sin grandes lujos o artificios. Escritas y registradas de forma espontánea, sin pensar demasiado. La idea detrás de la grabación era crear un documento de audio de un momento particular en el tiempo, como si fuera una entrada en un diario.
Las canciones fueron grabadas de una forma muy sencilla y por propio placer personal, haciendo suyas ciertas influencias de bandas como Felt, The Pastels, Galaxie 500, Guided By Voices, The Velvet Underground o The Lemon Drops, entre muchas otras. Gracias al interés mostrado por Action Weekend Records, la idea original se vio ampliada a 10 canciones registradas en el espacio de 10 noches.

Las canciones, las melodías y la grabación son sencillas y sobrias. Las composiciones acústicas van acompañadas de órgano, Rhodes, melodeón, vibráfono y más, con una producción rica y cálida. Todo fue grabado en su propio domicilio excepto la batería, la percusión y el glockenspiel, que son contribuciones de Bryan Styles (que había sido compañero de grupo 25 años atrás cuando todavía residía en UK).

"Miles to Go" nos muestra a Chris Jack moviéndose más allá de las voces nasales, las letras cínicas, las guitarras fuzz y la producción ruda del garaje rock, surgiendo con algo desnudo, vulnerable e íntimo como debería ser un álbum en solitario.

Edición limitado a 300 copias en vinilo negro 12”.


released November 4, 2020

Chris Jack – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Organ. Fender Rhodes, Vibraphone
Bryan Styles – Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel

All songs written by Christopher Jack. Arranged by Christopher Jack and Bryan Styles.
Recorded at the Jack residence, the Styles residence and Soy Studio.
Mixed and mastered by Andy Shartle at Black Diamond Recording Studios, OR.
Cover painting by Alexander Shosuke Ono.
Design by Carlos Espejo.


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