With his band Nine Black Alps on indefinite hiatus, bassist Martin Cohen found he had time on his hands, recording at home Milk Maidâs debut album âYuccaâ. The result is an album that might have come out on Creation Records in their 80âs heyday, recalling indie stalwarts like Comet Gain and marrying timeless pop hooks to the raw spontaneity of home recording, and sweet, sun-drenched pop hooks pitched against viscerally dark lyrics.
On new single âDead Wrongâ (Suffering Jukebox/ FatCat, September 19) Cohen sings âYouâre killing yourself to cut your arms off, youâre stabbing yourself in the gutâ and manages to make it sound like a lost Buddy Holly tune - albeit with the production values of a Sic Alps track!
Jack Cooper, of fellow FatCat band Mazes, and the man behind Suffering Jukebox, summed it up when he compared Milk Maid to Guided By Voices for their âlaissez faire approach to recording solid gold melodies; throwing songs away most bands would kill for.â Whilst Milk Maid wouldnât sound out of place on the Woodsist label, âYuccaâ shuns the psychedelic instrumental jams of those bands in favour of pop songs with 60âs girl group melodies reminiscent of The Crystals sitting amongst Jesus And Mary Chain-like fuzz and choppy John Densmore-esque drums.
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