Artist Spotlight: Mile Twenty Five
By: Jeremy House
Based out of Central, NL, Mile Twenty Five join a growing army of young talented artists in this province. The modern pop-rock act recently released their debut single “Riverside Drive” along with an official music video which has been gaining widespread traction since its release.
"Riverside Drive" infuses modern hooks and old fashioned storytelling. The song and video elicit a sense of nostalgia, providing a familiar glimpse into what it means to grow up in a small town where music brings people together. The band describes "Riverside Drive" as a song for anybody who has a special place in their heart for the place they call home.
Rock Eden: Can you tell readers where the name Mile Twenty Five comes from?
Mile Twenty Five: The name represents the 25 miles there are from Lewisporte (where frontman Peter Welsh is from) to Bishops Falls where the rest of the members (Carter Fancey and Marcel Reid) are from and where the band’s home base is. Spelling it Mile Twenty Five is a nod to one of our favourite bands Matchbox Twenty.
Rock Eden: Readers are probably curious about the thought process that went into conceptualizing and filming a professional music video like “Riverside Drive”. Can you let readers know what your experiences and process were creating this video?
Mile Twenty Five: Riverside Drive is a song about growing up in a small town and finding a place of refuge where music brings you together. We had a vision that we just ran with of telling this story of living and playing music in small-town Newfoundland, so we spent time thinking & brainstorming ways we could get that story across to an audience. What better way than to show the town’s landmark and shoot the song ON Riverside Drive. After brainstorming we hired videographer/cinematographer Lucas Hiller from LH media, another local resident of the area, to shoot and bring our song to life. A lot of hard work was put in to scope out the shooting locations, build props/sets and gather people as extras for scenes. Big shoutout to Carter’s Uncle Wallace for lending us his 1960’s Chevy Truck, and to Steve Fancey’s Dad for lending us his backyard and being hospitable
Rock Eden: What are the next big plans for the band? Any upcoming shows?
Mile Twenty Five: You can definitely expect some news on that in the following months! While we are really thankful for the traction & attention Riverside Drive is getting (especially the stamp of approval from Alan Doyle), we did not expect the song to blow up so much because this band/song really was only intended to be a one-off project. Since it’s release, we have been in talks with music investors & promoters to help take our songs, attitudes and messages to a live audience.
"Riverside Drive" was produced by Clint Curtis of Sevenview Studios, a producer from Springdale, NL.
Video shot & edited by Lucas Hillier (LH MEDIA). Drone footage by Peter Welsh.