Once in a while a band comes along that takes your breath away. An outfit with the courage of conviction to tread their own path and deliver the kind of sophisticated soul music they knew they were always capable of. The Milk are that band, and their signing to Wah Wah 45s marks the start of a journey with a like-minded label, the freedom to draw on significant influences and highlight the strength of their song-writing abilities.
As four life-long friends who went from forming their first band in an Essex school to playing countless working mens’ clubs and finally becoming The Milk, their story has been something of a dream come true. The band have sold out the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and played the top tier of British festivals including Glastonbury, iTunes and V Fest, garnering much radio support from DJs as diverse as Zane Lowe to Huey Morgan along the way.
The Milk’s much anticipated sophomore album will be released by Wah Wah 45s in the summer of 2015. Whereas their first offering, Tales From The Thames Delta, produced by The Nextmen’s Brad Balloo, drew on a eclectic influences, their second long-player will see the band examine their soulful roots with honest, classic song-writing heavily influenced by 70’s Isley Brothers, Bill Withers and more.
To help achieve this, the boys have hooked up with sought after producer, and long time fan of The Milk, Paul Butler. Since his work on Michael Kiwanuka’s Mercury Music Prize nominated debut, the erstwhile front man for The Bees has been in huge demand, and it says something of Paul’s high regard for the band that he’s taken the project on. The band will be recording the album at Mr Butler’s Chale Abbey studio on the Isle of Wight over the Christmas period.
In the meantime, prepare yourself for the first taste of the new material with a free download of the hauntingly beautiful Deliver Me serving as something of a bonus from the band’s big live show at The Dome in North London on Thursday November 20th.
Keep checking the wahwah45s.com and thisisthemilk.com websites for more information on the run up to next year’s eagerly awaited long-player, which will be available on the heavyweight vinyl it’s crying out for, naturally.