Jaik Miller Passes Away
Singer/guitarist Jaik Miller, who is best known as the frontman of Xanax 25, has died. The cause of his death is believed to be a heart attack. Miller co-founded the New York-based Xanax 25 in 1991 and remained with the group through their 1997 break-up. The jam-friendly alt-rock group—famously dubbed “wusscore” by music journalist Neil Straus—was a staple on the New York club circuit throughout the mid-90s and frequented clubs like Wetlands and Nightingale’s. Xanax 25 also toured nationally and appeared on H.O.R.D.E. Miller and the band shared the stage with a diverse mix of artists over the years, including Son Volt, John Popper, Me’Shell Nd’geocello, King Crimson and Dave Matthews Band. Miller also had a close friendship with Warren Haynes—with whom he co-wrote some music—and collaborated on songs with members of Brazilian Girls, Patti Smith Band and Elijah Blue Allman’s DEADSY.
In 2005, Miller formed TRUStY, who recorded a demo with Playmakers’ Matt Stein that included appearances by onah Smith, Cardinals guitarist JP Bowersock, Meghan Andrews and RAQ’s Todd Stoops. In 2007, the re-focused group changed their name to the Jaik Miller Band and settled on a lineup that includes Bowersock, Max Tucker (drums), Garth MacAleavey (guitar/keyboards) and Craig Robison (bass). According to their homepage, the band went on to jam with members of Robert Randolph’s Family Band, AC/DC , John Entwistle Band, Uncle Earl, RAQ, Blues Traveler, The Mammals and Los Amigos Invisibles . They have appeared with Fishbone, Tim Reynolds, The Commitments, Adam Dietch Project, Suzanne Vega, Murphy’s Law, Richie Havens, DJ Logic, Sad Red, Eenor, Jazz Mandolin Project, David Gans, Eric McFadden Trio, Bassnectar vs. Kang, The Mutaytor, Ike Willis’ Project/Object, Hunt Club, TRiM, Donna Jean, Easy Dub Allstars, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Vinyl, Bernie Worrell, Novillero, DJs Haj and Mikio (founders of Sub Swara and Freek Factory), Jen Durkin’s Bomb Squad, Rahzel of The Roots, Strangefolk, Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron and many others.