To mark the release of their second album on Friday, The Milk will play Independent in Holmeside, on November 15.
It follows the release of single No Interruptions over the summer, the first from the new album, which was influenced by the London rockers’ love of ’70s soul and RnB.
It marks a new direction for the band, fuelled by a rediscovery of the music and artists that originally inspired their formation, such as Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers.
No Interruptions was one of the first songs written for the new album. The band is made up of Rick Nunn (lead vocals, guitar, keys), Mitch Ayling (drums, vocals, keys), Dan Legresley (lead guitar, vocals) and Luke Ayling (bass guitar.)
Rick said: “This song provided us with a tone, musical flavour and a lyrical yardstick to which all of the other tracks had to have in common. The song is about defiance and retribution, emotions that were common in the studio at that time.”
The Bees’ Paul Butler, who proved his production mastery with Michael Kiwanuka’s Mercury Prize-nominated debut, invited the band to record at Chale Abbey, a medieval barn on the Isle of Wight.
Guided by Butler, the band say the sessions here captured the genuine version of The Milk: the sounds and honesty of soul.
Eager to share their new songs, Deliver Me was released as free download and limited 7” single in November 2014 finding its way onto the playlists of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, Huey Morgan and Gilles Peterson, while The Milk’s dedicated fans packed out Tufnell Park’s The Dome for the band’s triumphant live return.
•The Milk play Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland on Sunday, November 15. Tickets are £10 from www.independentsunderland.com.
•For more information on the band visit http://thisisthemilk.com