Weird Milk‘s progressive, Merseybeat-aping debut single comes cloaked in fuzzy nostalgia. Like a dust-veiled 60s seven-inch, ‘This Close’ unspools in an evocative haze, showcasing everything from sun-dappled guitars that shimmer and sparkle to creamy harmonies that induce a shiver and recall fellow revivalists The Last Shadow Puppets. With this first offering now unleashed on Camden-based label Ra-Ra Rok Records, we caught up with the West Londoners to get the lowdown on their influences and origins.
‘This Close’ is an excellent debut single. How did the song come about?
“The song ‘Echo Beach’ by Martha and the Muffins came on the radio and we just thought the ascending vocal melody in the chorus was so cool and wanted to come up with a melody that sort of worked in that way, but slow it down and use it for the verses. It was originally written acoustically and then we worked it out with the whole band into the version you hear on the recording.”
How did Weird Milk get together?
“We knew each other from previous bands we were in and all grew up in a similar area. Then all ended up moving to London. After we’d all been in London for a little while we thought we’d try a rehearsal together. We liked how it worked so began writing for it and continued rehearsing.”
What inspired your name?
“Zach was in Spain and thought the milk there tasted strange and (perhaps unfairly) said it was weird milk. We thought this sounded like a good name for a band. Sorry Spain. I’m sure the milk we have here tastes weird to some people too.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“We listen to a lot of The Beach Boys, The Beatles and David Bowie. All the ‘B’ bands. We love the songs of Burt Bacharach, people like Father John Misty too. We just enjoy and are inspired by good songwriting. Whether you can hear any of that in the music, we don’t know!”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“There are loads of good and exciting music being made in London at the moment. Someone we’ve liked that we’ve shared a bill with would be Max Pope, Phobophobes are really great (and label mates of ours), Jovis & The Bedwetters are another good one.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Weird Milk?
“More music! More gigs! Hopefully a tour or two!”