Sometimes it takes a few bumps to find the right direction; often it involves experience, guts and self-belief to trust yourself and venture from one to find another.
The Milk are a band that believe with utter conviction that they've now found their way. Last year's album 'Favourite Worry' saw the band's swaggering rock 'n' soul sound forged with a love of Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers and a rare honesty.
Huey Morgan awarded it his BBC 6Music Album of the Year.
The band supported the release with a 13 date UK wide tour from Glasgow to Brighton featuring a sold out celebration at London's Scala. Appearances on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends and BBC 6Music's Radcliffe & Maconie precede new single 'Loneliness Has Eyes', set for release on 18th March by London indie Wah Wah 45s.
"Last year was the culmination of years of work, desire and belief, not only from us, but also from the amazing people that helped bring our musical vision to the fold. There were so many highlights but the stand out moment has to be the autumn tour, which climaxed at the Scala show. The 900 people that made the journey that night; and the thousands that came to see us on the road, left us truly humbled. I can't tell you how much I missed the visceral existence of life on the road, nothing but your music, your best friends
and your amazing fans to think about. It was a privilege to have been nominated as one of BBC6 Music's Albums of the Year. The nomination was a seal of approval, vindication and a line in the sand. We set out to change the way some people thought about The Milk and with 6Music's endorsement we laid a few demons to rest.
In truth those demons are buried throughout this record, and when it came to decide the next song to release in this story of ours, there was one that instantly fit the bill.
'Loneliness Has Eyes' was a very different song when we reached the Island, its safe to say that it is arguably the track that Paul Butler helped carve out of the medieval timbers the most. It is covered in free playing and improvisation and took several takes to perform with the feel, authenticity and musicality we so desperately wanted to attain. This is highlighted by the need for Nunny to lie in the lightless studio, flat on his back and whisper the vocals down the Mic. The song is an intimate and personal portrait about loss and is coupled with the tightest groove we could muster."
So special...these dudes were compelled to make the music that they make because they love it. I love that whole vibe they've got. - Huey MorganBBC 6Music
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Unadulterated Stax-style soul - Line of Best FitLine of Best Fit
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