Miles Nielsen On His Diverse Sound, Cheap Trick Pedigree

Jan 26, 2015

The Rusted Hearts, From Left to Right: Dave McClellan, Skicat, Daniel McMahon, Miles Nielsen // Not pictured: Adam Plamann and Jeff Werckle

Miles Nielsen stopped by WUWM@Nite to chat with Bruce Winter about his genreless sound and being the son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

“It seemed like a pretty fun job to have,” says Nielsen, who spent much of his youth traveling alongside his father. “I thought, ‘How fun is that?’ You get to go with your best friends and travel around the county playing music.”

He’s done just that with his band the Rusted Hearts, touring nationally with likes of the BoDeans and Soul Asylum. Nielsen has become a live fixture at regional venues such as Milwaukee’s Potowatami Casino where he’ll perform again Feb. 20th in the Fire Pit’s side bar.

Nielsen and band are all over the sonic map. His character driven narratives are supplemented by Beach Boys-esque harmonies, unpredictable rhythmic variations and horns.

“People say, ‘I don’t really know how to classify your music,’” he says. “To me, that’s a compliment.”

Nielsen also discussed people watching, his competitive streak, and the double meaning of the word “live” in their new album, Live in Rockford.