According to Zachary Cale, “‘Miles Ahead, Miles Behind’ was the first song we tracked at Black Dirt Studios where we had that ‘light bulb’ moment and the band clicked. Once we got that one it cleared the path forward. It ended up being the first song on the album probably for that same reason. To me it sounds like the car just ambled on to the highway, gaining steam but a little bit weary of the long drive ahead. I played it on an acoustic guitar so it has more of a rural-rock vibe than some of the others. I think I was trying to get at a Keith Richards meets Thurston Moore thing in the main guitar riff. It’s super melodic. The vocals follow the guitar melody. Phil Jacob played second guitar and added a nice counterpoint melody. Reminds me of something Johnny Marr would do. The rhythm section of James Preston on bass and Ethan Schmid on drums really nailed that mid-tempo Fleetwood Mac thump. I think we took advantage of that feel on a few other tunes as well.” He’s quoted in It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine, which premiered the track along with a preview of new LP Skywriting earlier this year.
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