In a music scene where people are trying to emerge left and right, we find ourselves meeting Fergus Miller, or better known by his moniker Bored Nothing. Coming from Melbourne, Australia, Bored Nothing’s self-titled EP brings nostalgia of 90’s washed out indie-rock. Unlike many artists who are constantly pushing to “get that break,” in a recent interview with Triple J when asked: “How did you develop your sound?” Fergus simply replied, “Most of the hard work that went into developing my sound involved watching Seinfeld and eating frozen pizza. I get bored a lot, and then I play with guitars, so it’s not really a clever name or anything.” For that reason, though, not only am I intrigued by Miller’s innate talent derived from boredom, but I that feel when listening to his self-titled EP, I’m in the same room with him as he records on his tape player.
With that said, when listening to his self-titled EP, you are automatically taken on a roller coaster of emotions. The undeniable influence in his singing and songwriting of Elliot Smith in both the soft-spoken “Charlie’s Creek” and the slowly building “Lover’s Croon” really showcases Miller’s songwriting ability. Bringing up the tempo a little bit in “Pay For My Drugs” and “Only Old,” your accompanied by dreamy guitar riffs (nightmares included) that are not only catchy, but easy to rock out to. While you won’t find complicated percussion and out of this world synths in Miller’s music making, he sticks to the quality of his guitar skills and washed out vocals to deliver the music he wants to make. Using the inspiration of his surroundings, I’m glad Miller found himself bored; if not, we wouldn’t have this really awesome EP to listen to.
Make sure to stream and download the self-titled EP below; and if you have a tumblr, you can follow him here.