More than a decade into his music career, Mike Miller and his band, Endless Mike And The Beagle Club, is just now hitting his stride with his new album, Saint Paul. The album, produced by Anti-Flag vocalist/bassist Chris #2, is an elaborate, grandiose indie-punk record taking on issues of faith and religion with the help of an orchestra here and a gospel choir there. Today, we’re debuting one of the album’s most raved-up number, “St. Saul” (not to be confused with the titular Saint Paul). Miller explains the story behind this song:
“I wanted to write about the actual person of Saul of Tarsus—not the myth, not the religious icon, not the bizarre Kanye West version—but the actual person who actually existed. Was he for real? Did what he said happen to him really happen? Did his sense of self-identity push him to do good for the world? Bad for the world? Can it be both? Just in my life, I’ve seen men and women of all faiths who have been powerful forces for positive change in the world—but I’ve also seen people justify all manner of bigotry and soulless behavior in the name of religion. All you have to do is watch somebody like Ted Cruz run for president and all at once, the problems with a guy who lived 2,000 years ago becomes painfully relevant again.”
Endless Mike And The Beagle Club’s Saint Paul will be released March 4 via A-F Records and can be pre-ordered here.
Endless Mike And The Beagle Club’s next gig will be the Saint Paul album release show on March 3 in Pittsburgh at the Mr. Roboto Project (details).