THE MILK Tickets
Having sold out The Scala and subsequently announced a concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, The Milk have now lined a nationwide autumn tour
The Milk will release their much-anticipated debut album, 'Tales from the Thames Delta', on September 3
This will follow an extensive period of activity across the summer, including a host of UK festivals (Isle of Wight, T, Ibiza Rocks, Lounge on The Farm).
A single, 'Chip The Kids', is also due for release on September 3.
The Milk are lead vocalist Rick Nunn, brothers Mitch and Luke Ayling, and Dan Le Gresley. Together, their sound is obviously heavily soul-influenced, but it's a modern, muscular take on the classics, which has assimilated the passion of rock 'n' roll and the fluidity of hip hop. The end result, 'Tales from the Thames Delta', is an infectious and eclectic debut album, as inspired by the taut go-to rhythm sections of The Roots as it is the seamless flow of Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' (the band's favourite record).
Having gigged since school, The Milk were raised and presently still live in Wickford: an anonymous small town in Essex, where whole days and nights can be spent on the Southend sea-front, and the neighbouring, wealthier areas still house the cast of TOWIE.
The band formed simply because, as Mitch puts it, "there was just nothing else to do in our town."Rather than the sound they have since honed, the boys spent two years at school as a somewhat reckless Punk outfit - but as the prospect of university and day-jobs entered the horizon, so The Milk split up, and went to work.
The turning point came when their mutual mate (and now manager) opened a soul night in Southend's Pink Toothbrush. Wigan Casino this was not, but knowing that The Milk members all had record collections bursting with Stax, Chess and Motown, the boys were recruited to DJ. Here, The Milk hit an artistic breakthrough: they had to get the band back together.
And so The Milk gave up their formative jobs in November 2010, went on the dole, and moved back in with their parents. Holed up in the shed at the bottom of their garden - where they still write and record.
The Milk's live reputation began to build them an impassioned following, others started to take notice too. A climactic headline show at London's Jazz Cafe some eight months later finally clinched them a record deal.