July 31--If patrons of the Milwaukee music scene had to elect a lone person as its mascot, Myles Coyne would probably make the short list of strongest candidates.
Coyne, 24, is a regular at local gigs and has even created a business, 414 Flyers, that makes show fliers and puts them up around town. He also plays with the Fatty Acids. And Temple. And Animals in Human Attire. And US Male. And the Zelda Routine.
"I wouldn't want to brag," Coyne said about his involvement in Milwaukee's music circles. "But I love the music here."
Between all of this, Coyne found the time to establish and nurture his own act, Myles Coyne and the Rusty Nickel Band. The group is celebrating the release of its first full-length album, "Take Things as They Come," Friday at Linneman's Riverwest Inn. It's being sold at shows, the Exclusive Company and Bullseye Records, and is available to stream on Coyne's Bandcamp page.
Who's who: Singer Caley Conway, 24; lead singer and guitarist Coyne, 24; mandolin player Jordan Maye, 22; bassist Alex Shah, 22; drummer Tim Stone, 24; guitarist and banjo player Jack Tell, 23. Coyne spoke for the band.
Day jobs: Conway works at the Milwaukee Public Market. Coyne has a band flier business, 414 Flyers. Maye is a salad artist. Shah is a shift leader at Colectivo Coffee (formerly Alterra at the Lake). Stone does home repair work. Tell works at Fuel Cafe.
Early musical experiences: I had always played piano, and there were always guitars lying around, and I used to hang out with friends in metal bands. And this band, Temple, those guys in that band played a huge part in my life. We were always hanging out since high school. I never intended to play guitar, but I picked it up from friends. I still can't solo.
When the band formed: I've always done solo shows, and friends played with me. (The band) probably started around 2010, but it didn't become awesome until 18 months ago.
They say they sound like: My band laughs at me, but I wanted it to be a country band. We're a pop band at heart that's been on a folky kick.
Ideal playlist companions: Joanna Newsom's "Emily" would have to be the first song. I really like the Tallest Man on Earth. I like "Four Winds" by Bright Eyes. Another song that'd be good is "We All Know" by Devendra Banhart. And you can throw some Wu-Tang Clan on there.
Working on the album: We recorded it about a year ago. I had some songs written. Half of the songs we wrote them together. We have a few jazzy parts, a few straight-up folk parts. The album is inspired by my family. I'm the seventh kid in the family and really close to them, and they supported me making music. The record starts with a kind of journey of life, from me leaving my family to find my own place, with a bunch of love songs in between.
The next album: We're making a new record. The newer material has the same folk instrumentation, but we're trying to bring a little punk-show scene to it.
Song you're most proud of: My grandmother passed away when I started writing. She had paid my student loans before she died; she did that as a surprise. "My Grandmother's House" is observing those kinds of things.
Biggest band accomplishment: Playing the Locust Street Festival.
Dream venue to play: The Pabst Theater or Lincoln Hall in Chicago. I've gone to a lot of shows there over the years.
Dream place to tour: Canada. Temple played with enough Canadian bands. They can help us with paperwork.
Dream act to open for: I'd love to open for Wilco.
Where do you want to be in five years? I've love to get a chance to be the opening band on a tour with a band that's more nationally known. I remember my friends telling me about the Head and the Heart opening for Iron and Wine (at Turner Hall Ballroom), and now they're a big deal. And (Milwaukee band) Field Report went on tour with Counting Crows. I know that can happen. I'd like to see that happen.
Next gig: Album release party, 9 p.m. Friday at Linneman's Riverwest Inn, 1001 E. Locust St., with Calliope and Faux Fir. $5; $10 for admission and a vinyl LP.
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