Miles (band)

Miles is a Bangladeshi rock band formed in Dhaka in 1979. They have released ten studio albums and three compilation.[1]

Miles
Miles (Bangladeshi Rock Band).jpg
Background information
OriginDhaka City, Bangladesh
Genres (early)
Years active1979-present
LabelsMILES MUSIC
Associated acts
Members
Past members
  • Happy Akhand
  • Farid Rashid
  • Kamal Mainuddin
  • Larry Burnaby
  • Mahbub Rashid
  • Milton Akbar
  • Shahedul Huda
  • Babu
  • Ishtiaq
  • Ahmed Musa
  • Robin
  • Khayem
  • Pavel

They released their self titled debut studio album Miles in 1982, which contained English numbers. They released their second album A Step Farther in 1986. After the band's founder Happy Akhand died in 1987, the band struggled for few years. After four years, they released their third studio and first Bengali album Protisruti (Promise) in 1991.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

The band formed in 1979.[2]

Their first album, Miles, was released in 1982, including five original songs and seven cover songs. Their second album, A Step Farther was released in 1986 and it consisted of 7 original and 5 cover songs. Their first Bengali album, Protisruti, was released in 1991. It included 12 original Bengali songs. Their second Bengali album, Prottasha, was released in 1993. In 1994, the first CD of the band was released as Best of Miles.[citation needed]

The fourth Bengali album, Probaho, was produced in 1999.[citation needed]

In 2011, Grameenphone announced that it would release their album Proticchobi.[3] The album was released in 2015.[1]

Miles was invited to play at a 2016 concert in Kolkata celebrating India's Independence Day. Fossils, an Indian hard rock band which was also scheduled to perform, accused Miles of posting anti-Indian messages on social media during the Cricket World Cup. Lead singer and bassist Shafin Ahmed responded that his posts were not anti-Indian, were his personal beliefs as a patriotic Bangladeshi, and did not represent the views of the band. Organizers disinvited both bands.[4][5][6]

Shafin Ahmed left the band, for the second time, at the end of 2017. He rejoined in August 2018 after resolving differences with other members.[2][7]

ConcertsEdit

From 1979 to 1982, Miles played at the Chambeeli Super Club at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dhaka five nights a week. They went on to perform in Bangladesh Television. In 1982, Miles made their first appearance in public concert at Shilpakala Academy Auditorium in Dhaka.

In 1991, they performed their first concert outside Bangladesh, in Bangalore.In 1992, Miles performed in the very first BAMBA concert. They signed a lucrative sponsor deal with Pepsi in 1995 where exclusive concerts were held in Bangladesh. In 1996 and 1998 they went back to India to perform in Kolkata. In 1996 they did a major tour in the US and Canada over two months. They performed in New York City, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Miami and Montreal.

In 1999, they performed in a large concert at Chittagong stadium with over 30,000 attending. Miles toured Australia and Italy in 2008. They also went to cities of the UAE.

In 2010, Miles performed mainly in stadium concerts across the country, in cities including Rangpur, Comilla, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Dhaka.

In 2012, Miles started their 32-year anniversary tour by performing in cities of United States including Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, and Seattle.

In 2019, Miles celebrated their 40th anniversary by touring and performing in America (New Jersey, Virginia, Baltimore, Michigan, Los Angeles, New York, Atlantic City, Phoenix, San Jose and Tampa), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal) and Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne). The tour ended with them performing a large scale concert in Bangladesh with various other popular bands performing as guests.

MembersEdit

Current band members include, from left, Manam Ahmed, Shafin Ahmed, Hamin Ahmed, Iqbal Asif Jewel and Syed Ziaur Rahman Turjo.

Present members

Past members

DiscographyEdit

Miles discography
 
Miles performing in Seattle
Studio albums9
Compilation albums3
EPs1
Mixed albumsSeveral

Studio albums

  • Miles (মাইল) (1982)
  • A Step Further (আরও এক ধাপ) (1986)
  • "প্রতিশ্রুতি (Promise)" (1991)
  • "প্রত্যাশা (Expectation)" (1993)
  • "প্রত্যয় (Belief)" (1996)
  • "প্রয়াস (Attempt). (1997)
  • "প্রবাহ (Flow)" (2000)
  • "প্রতিধ্বনি (Echoes)" (2006)
  • "প্রতিচ্ছবি (Reflections)" (2015)

Extended Play

  • "প্রবর্তন (Induction)" (2016)

Compilation albums

  • Best of Miles (মাইলসের সেরা) (1994)
  • প্রিয়তমা (Darling) (?)
  • ফিরিয়ে দাও (Give [it] Back) (?)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Miles returns after nine years". The Daily Observer. Dhaka. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Miles is back together again". The New Nation. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  3. ^ "GP launches 5 songs from upcoming album Proticchobi of Miles" (Press release). Grameenphone. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Online Fire-Storm over Miles and Fossils". Daily Sun. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Miles cancels Kolkata Tour due to Fossils objection". The Daily Ittefaq. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Fossils strikes a bad note with anti-Miles propaganda". The Independent. Dhaka. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Reunited Miles to perform in Clean Dhaka concert". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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