By Derek Obregon
CITIES OF ORIGIN: Upland and Claremont.
KINDERED SPIRITS: Billy Corgan, Chris Conley and Jim Adkins.
RECENT RELEASES: At the Feet of Giants E.P. (Feb. 2013).
WEBSITES: www.mildura.bandcamp.com, www.facebook.com/MilduraBand and www.twitter.com/MilduraMusic.
FREQUENTS: We love playing the Vault in Redlands, 2nd Avenue Saloon in Upland is cool, and there are rad shows at Morgan’s Tavern in Riverside all the time.
The music of Mildura has something in its sound that holds the power to comfort you. If you feel like the pressures of life and growing up are always weighing you down, then Mildura has a message; you aren’t alone. It is a feeling that this band knows all too well and is the fuel for the fire that helps Mildura continually create uplifting songs. The guys have already released an EP and are recording another one next month to put out through Loaded Sound Records. Mildura plays all over the Inland Empire, so do yourself a favor and go check it out!
What are your influences?
Nick Giunta: Friends leaving. Not knowing when to let go. Knowing nobody cares. Thinking everyone has it figured out. Wanting to be everywhere we’re not.
How did you get involved in music/how did your band form?
Giunta: I started playing guitar in high school, and I was always more interested in writing songs than covering them. After putting off music for school and work for a number of years, I decided it was time to do something before I drove myself insane thinking about it every day. So I asked two of my closest friends, Darin and Toby, if they wanted to start something, and we did.
How would you describe your sound?
Giunta: Billy Corgan, Chris Conley and Jim Adkins losing their cool during a friendly argument.
Would you care to explain the inspiration for the E.P., At the Feet of Giants?
Giunta: The frustration of falling behind. Stumbling across old pictures. Singing Saves The Day songs with strangers. My good friends, my not-so-good friends. And a pair of big eye balls.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Giunta: We play Feb. 12 at the Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside and Feb. 28 at DBA in Pomona.
What about the IE intrigues you?
Giunta: There is so much potential here in the IE. It’s so vast and diverse. From Claremont to Riverside, Pomona to Temecula, it gives us a chance to play at a variety of different places for a bunch of different people.
What are your goals for the band?
Giunta: I’d really like us to do a tour of the coast, up to Seattle and back. A festival would be cool too. Just to keep playing for anyone that will listen/care.
Anything else you would like us to know?
Giunta: Yeah. At the core of the music I want our fans to know they’re not alone, I don’t care if it’s school, work, money, relationships, whatever. You are definitely not alone, there are other people who feel the same way you do.