Blueburst - "Vanish"

Blueburst founder Craig Douglas Miller's story is one of survival and resilience in the face of clinical depression and seemingly overwhelming odds. His powerful new debut album "Vanish" comes after a 20 year musical hibernation. But after connecting with legendary guitarist Marty Willson-Piper (The Church, Noctorum, All About Eve), Miller finally found the thing he’d been sorely missing: a trusted mentor and collaborator. Marty Willson-Piper also contributes guitars and co-produces the album.

"Vanish" is filled with heavy alternative rock guitars and a simultaneous emotional angst coupled with a newfound lust for life. As such, this is an inspired release harkening back to the days of innovative Indie, Grunge and Alternative from the 90's underground.

“I wasted 20+ years doubting myself and not finishing any music. So it’s extremely gratifying to be back now with the best music I’ve ever made. And it’s been a joy doing it with one of my favorite guitarists of all time.” – Craig Douglas Miller

“Much of today’s so-called ‘alternative’ rock seems to have become just as overproduced and slick as the pop records they are supposedly an alternative to. But most of my friends, and a lot of younger people as well, are still listening to the albums we grew up with, I think because there’s a rawness and honesty in that music. That’s what we aspired to with Blueburst.” – Craig Douglas Miller

Miller’s collaborators bring in an impressive professional pedigree: drummers Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, Richard Thompson) and Brian Platt (The Cads), and bassist Ryan Kelly (Dayroom). And with Willson-Piper sprinkling his inimitable brand of creative, guitar work over top of Miller’s songs, the result is dynamic intelligent music that alternately crunches, chimes, jangles and pounds.  

Blurburst's lead single and title track "Vanish" will be released on March 10, 2023 on streaming platforms. Look out for the full album to be released this Fall.
Blueburst - "Vanish" Blueburst - "Vanish" Reviewed by Michael on 3/09/2023 Rating: 5