Milk Teeth

What’s it like for a young band fly­ing the flag for gui­tar mu­sic? to find out, We talk to Milk Teeth and Fang­club, two of our favourite up­com­ing alt rock bands

Total Guitar - - CONTENTS - Words Rob Laing

Gui­tar-driven mu­sic is in a strange place; it’s never been eas­ier to find your sound and get your mu­sic into peo­ple’s ears. But at the same time, large parts of the me­dia seem to have given up on pro­mot­ing new gui­tar bands and giv­ing them a plat­form to grow. Not TG, be­cause we know how much ta­lent there is wait­ing to step up to be­come to­mor­row’s fes­ti­val head­lin­ers. With that in mind we couldn’t re­sist us­ing Milk Teeth’s UK tour with Fang­club as an ex­cuse to get their gui­tarists and bass play­ers in a room to talk about how they got their bands off the ground, and the chal­lenges they’re fac­ing right now.

How did you go about build­ing a fan­base when you started out?

Chris Webb (gui­tar, Milk Teeth): “Peo­ple will ask us what they need to do to start a band and we say, ‘Play any show.’ I re­mem­ber go­ing to Manch­ester for a fiver once.”

Becky Blomfield (bass and vo­cals, Milk Teeth): “It didn’t even cover the petrol but we wanted to play it. We had this EP that we put up on Band­camp and a few peo­ple took no­tice.”

Steven King (vo­cals and gui­tar, Fang­club): “It’s the days of sleep­ing in a van, maybe stay­ing on some­one’s floor. Play­ing ev­ery show you can and play­ing for 10 peo­ple so they come back with 10 more peo­ple.”

That’s a good point; some bands might feel that play­ing to a small crowd is a waste of their time

Chris: “That’s why we try to do shows with as many dif­fer­ent bands as pos­si­ble. Be­cause if you bring one per­son over, it snow­balls.”

Billy Hut­ton (gui­tar and vo­cals, Milk Teeth): “Ex­pect to put a lot in and not get much back for a while.”

Kevin Keane (bass, Fang­club): “We played to a dog be­fore and it left.”

Steven: “He didn’t like it at all!”

Becky: “We played to a guy throw­ing up out of a win­dow.” [ev­ery­one laughs]

Steven: “We’re still do­ing shows in places we’ve never been be­fore and there’s 10, 15 peo­ple. It doesn’t mat­ter, we still do the same show.”

Billy: “If peo­ple re­ally love you, there’s no need for you to play less of a show just be­cause there are less peo­ple there.”

Steven: “We did a tour with the Cribs and they were telling us about the early days with Biffy Clyro, and how they would play in front of four peo­ple. And that was re­ally cool to hear. They were say­ing, ‘Keep do­ing it, you’re at this stage now but you have to just keep go­ing.”

Chris: “Talk­ing of Biffy Clyro, there’s a venue near us called the Frog & Fiddle and they have a Read­ing poster from years ago. And Biffy Clyro are in the

/ Pho­tog­ra­phy Adam Gas­son

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