Exclusive Song Premiere: ‘Petrified,’ Misty Miller


Between Jake Bugg, King Krule, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, and Earl Sweatshirt, 1994 seems to have been a particularly good year for turning out ambitious young musicians, of which London’s Misty Miller is the latest. Following a childhood spent songwriting, Miller cut her first EP at the tender age of 15 and the following year was featured in the popular Burberry Acoustic series. “Petrified,” which we’re pleased to premiere here, is—remarkably!—from this same time period.

“I wrote this song when I was 15,” the 19-year-old explains, “but never recorded it and rarely played it live. In the past year I found it became relevant to my life again, so I worked on it, and what was once simply a song about a 15-year-old girl afraid to meet up with a guy has now matured.” The interim years—which have included two EP releases and tours with Tom Odell, The Eels, and Jake Bugg—are audible in the single’s combination of confident chords, lyrical vulnerability, and ’70s-reminiscent sound (she cites Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and The Velvet Underground as influences).

This weekend, Miller will take a break from putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming album to support some of her musical idols when she opens for American rock legends Television in Manchester. “I am extremely excited to be supporting Television for three shows!” she gushes. So how will she be preparing for the special occasion? “I got a killer new green Gibson SG guitar that I will be attempting to slay,” she reveals. “Though like Patti, I cannot… which gives me hope.”