MILK TEETH

SMELLS LIKE… THE BAND BRING­ING THE ’90S BACK TO LIFE!

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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”

Milk Teeth ( L – R): Chris Webb, Becky Blom­field, Oli Holbrook WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR FANS OF: Nir­vana, Pixies, Su­per­heaven. HEAR: De­but al­bum Vile Child, out now through Hope­less Records. MORE INFO: face­book.com/ milk­teeth­punx CHECK OUT: The loun­gin

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