UK Progressive Rock band Milk White Throat is back with not only one new release, but two! The band has recently released their latest single “Sleepless” and their EP Hierarchy. I recently talked to Milk White Throat via email about the releases and about the band’s history and musical inspiration. Continue on to read more!
Make sure to check out both new releases from Milk White Throat and let me know what you think in the comments!
First of all, please introduce yourself.
My name is Brian and I’m the singer and bass guitarist for Milk White Throat. We are a 3 piece alternative metal/rock band based in Brighton, UK.
What artists or genres influence you?
Myself and Tom (Guitar) have always been influenced by music that is slightly left of center. We are big prog heads and have been for a long time. Aside from prog, we generally sink our teeth into any music that’s genre-bending and just a little bit horrible. And unusual. Horrible and unusual. That the usual combination. Some of our favourite bands lately are Elder, Oranssi Pazuzu, Deathspell Omega, Pain Of Salvation, and Fleshgod Apocalypse. The list goes on and on. We also, as most of us do, have a healthy appreciation for the classics. (Maiden, Metallica, etc)
When you began, you started as a thrash metal band and since have evolved in musicality and sound. How has that evolution been? Have there been any positives or negatives from growing the band and changing/evolving the sound?
The evolution of music is never an intentional move. As you write and grow, you tend to better realise what it is that satisfies you musically. It’s also about shedding the mountains of anxiety and fear to tunnel down to what’s pure and honest and authentic about yourself. A lot of the early years of artists are wildly different from the bands they end up being. With any luck, you’ll realise who you are early on and be able to make hay whilst the sun shines. As far as I’m concerned, there are no real positive or negative aspects to evolution, it’s just important you can be as authentic as possible and understand who and what you are.
Let’s talk about your latest release “Sleepless”. What is the story behind the song?
I never write lyrics or concepts ahead of time, I will usually wait until we have music written, and then I’ll have a rummage through the brain and see what’s been on my mind. At the time we were writing for the Hierarchy EP, I was quietly occupied with the thought of what my daughter might inherit from me. My gene pool is somewhat a mixed bag and a large percentage of my family have veered heavily from the beaten path. This is basically what Sleepless is about. The music always informs the lyrics and the subject matter, it’s a very gestalt process.
How was it producing the song? What was key in composing “Sleepless”?
One of the main things is that we were thinking about when writing the music was trying to morph a somewhat melodic death metal guitar part into a song that is decidedly not that. We usually have a key component to the song, in this case, the verse riff, and then build the music around that. Whilst the chorus might be more prominent in the end, the verse and that style are what had generated the rest of the music.
Another conscious approach was keeping the chorus vocals soft over the music. In a lot of songs, you would typically leave the highest notes for the hook and chorus but bringing this down an octave I think was a good choice to get the right tone across for what the lyrics are saying.
According to the press release, “Sleepless” is “is written from the perspective of an individual’s attempt to qualify themselves to raise a child, someone who is completely dependent on the individual and the neurosis that results from creating a reflection of oneself.” Could you explain more about this? How did you come up with this concept?
As I said in one of the previous questions, it’s about fear of what your dependant will be inheriting. How much of that is hard-wired into your genes, how much of that is a self-fulfilling prophecy? Are we able to change or manipulate who we are or is the act of trying to change who we are just a demonstration of our honest self?
The concept is linked a little bit between all of the songs on the EP, and they all share a similar introspective theme. I tend to be very wrapped up in a train of thought most of the time and whatever I’m thinking about when it’s time to write lyrics, that’s what it will be. It feels very natural for me to work this way and very close to true life.
Let’s talk about your newest EP ‘Hierarchy’ too. How was it producing the EP and working with Mark Roberts?
Excellent, he’s a great guy, easy to work with, and makes you feel very much at ease. He’s a natural problem solver and does this with the least amount of stress and never pressures you into something, but does offer honest criticism. He can read the room, a skill that a lot of people cannot grasp. If you’re having a shit time and struggling to perform, he will know it before it happens and work around it. Mark is also a sage with sound and it was a joy to have that sort of confidence when recording.
We recorded the bass guitar and drums in a separate session and booked another session for the guitars and vocals. This was a great approach for me personally as I could have a good idea of the final tracks in advance to put the last touches to the words and melodies.
What do you want listeners to listen for in “Sleepless”?
I would hope that people would be able to interpret the lyrics in a different way. There are parts that are fairly open-ended and I think you can attach a lot of meaning to certain passages. I almost feel reluctant to share the story behind the lyrics as it’s the listener’s greatest joy when they can find their own meaning in the lyrics.
What are your future plans?
We have currently started the writing cycle for a full-length album and hope to record a stand-alone single sometime next year, something small until the album is finished. I doubt we’ll be on tour anytime soon due to the world currently, which is unfortunate.
Finally, do you have any messages for the readers of ai love music?
Be authentic always, there is nothing more unique than yourself, even if you are horrible and unusual.
About the Artist: Milk White Throat
Milk White Throat are an alternative progressive rock band from Brighton, UK. The three-piece consists of Tom (guitars), Guillaume (drums), and Brian (bass/vocals), and draws influences from a wide range of artists and styles. Comparisons have been drawn between bands such as Deftones, Thrice and the band members are quite content with blurring the lines between a number of genres.
Like most aspiring musicians, the band met through the local live music scene in Brighton, playing shows together whilst studying music and performing in different groups in the late 2000s. The name Milk White Throat, taken from a line in Nick Cave’s song “Black Hair” was settled upon in 2010 and prefaced the release of the group’s successful self-titled EP.
As keen DIYers, the self-produced album Death of Beauty was written and assembled between the years of 2011 and 2014 during which time there were some lineup changes with Milk White Throat reducing in size from six members to four.
In 2016, just 6 months after releasing the single and video ‘Under Duress’, Milk White Throat deals with another lineup change, going from four members to the current iteration of the band. Not to be deterred, the trio started working on new music with some changes to the ban’s overall sound, resulting in the EP, ‘House of Fire’.
Following the release of House of Fire, the group set to work on another collection of songs. Now in 2020, Milk White Throat are gearing up to present their latest EP entitled Hierarchy, with debut single “Sleepless”.
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