SMELLS LIKE… THE BAND BRINGING THE ’90S BACK TO LIFE!
RIGHT, WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE BATHING IN MILK AND WHY SHOULD I CARE?
That’s Milk Teeth (duh), and you should care because, to quote Tony the Tiger, ‘ Theyyyyy’re great’. Formed just two and a half years ago, over the space of two brilliant EPS and their recently released 5K-rated debut, Vile Child, they’re reviving the spirit of ’90s alt.rock in the most exciting way imaginable. Think Nirvana, Sonic Youth and the Pixies all stitched together with Smashing Pumpkins’ fuzzy distortion. Sure, the Stroud trio might have all had actual milk teeth when some of these bands were changing the world, but that didn’t stop them falling in love with the era. “It’s defifinitely had an inflfluence,” explains singer/bassist Becky Bllomfififield. “I remember hearing Nirvana at school, and people would all wear grunge clothes – it was kind of a ‘thing’. For me, it never left. It wasn’t a phase.”
BUT LOADS OF BANDS DO THE WHOLE ’90S THING THESE DAYS, DON’T THEY?
Well, yes, but Milk Teeth do it much better, with a more appealing wink-wink approach – they even have yo-yos as merch, people! Crucially, Milk Teeth share something more important with the ’90s, too.“music in the ’90s was very honest. I think that enabled me to be more honest in my own songwriting,” says Becky. “Everything I’ve written about has happened to me, or I’ve seen happen to a friend.” And songs like Kabuki and Brain Food in particular are littered with confessional insights.“i had very troubled teenage years,” Becky continues.“i had various eating disorders [and] very bad depression which I still take medication for now – it’s just something I’ve come to accept.there was defifinitely a turning point for me in my early 20s where I wanted to start living life again. The band was such a great release.”
SO, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE SINCE THAT TURNING POINT?
Not much… just, y’know, touring with Refused, Frank Carter and Frank Iero. Hell, they’ve even survived some recent teething problems that saw founding member/covocalist Josh Bannister leave just before Vile Child was released.“we defidefifinitely weren’t getting on as a unit as much as we had been in the past,” reveals Becky.“josh hit a point where he was thinking about leaving. I’d even considered leaving – which I haven’t mentioned before. I was so unhappy. He left on his own back, it was his decision. I think he maybe wasn’t comfortable with, not the direction, but it becoming bigger.” Having drafted in Hindsights’ Billy Hutton to help out, Milk Teeth are fifinally ready for everything 2016 has in store.“i defifinitely think it’s for the best,” adds Becky.“we couldn’t be happier.”
SO, WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THEM NEXT?
Short term: a UK tour supporting Tonight Alive.as for long term? “We haven’t put any limitations on where we’d like to take it,” says Becky.“if that means it only progresses a bit, then it was a great ride! If that means we’re still a band in 10 years, putting out music that people are interested in, then that’s the dream!” We suspect they will be.there’s a lot more than nostalgia to sink your teeth into here.
“EVERYTHING I WRITE ABOUT HAS HAPPENED”