EMQ’s with MILK WHITE THROAT
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, England Alternative Progressive Rock band, Milk White Throat. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Brian Thomas for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Brian, I am the bass guitarist and vocalist for Milk White Throat.
Tom (Guitar) & Guillaume (drums) have known each other for a long time and originally played in a band called Lithurgy over 10 years ago, after their bass player left, they asked me to join as we had played together in the past when I was playing in my other band at the time.
We used to have 6 members and over the years Milk White Throat has gone through various changes and eventually landed on the classic power trio setup. It was super fun playing with more people and certainly a lot cheaper, but we have found the writing to be a more streamlined affair.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name is a lyric from a Nick Cave song ‘Black Hair’, no particular meaning behind, we just thought it sounded cool.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Brighton, England. The scene for metal and rock is fantastic in Brighton. Brighton has spawned lots of very successful bands such as Architects, Toska, Black Peaks and many more. It has a thriving scene with very dedicated promoters and venues, with the benefit of being really close to London which means we get a ton of great bands passing by!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest is a 3 track EP entitled “Hierarchy”. We have released a single ‘Sleepless’ and an accompanying video filmed at the Underworld in London. The EP was recorded with Mark Roberts, a fantastic Engineer/Producer based in Brighton.
‘Sleepless’ (Official Music Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
I cant speak for the rest of the guys, but for me personally, Pain Of Salvation have inspired me more than anything else, they are an endlessly creative prog band from Sweden. Tom and I are huge consumers of music and we pretty much listen to anything that is underground, leftfield or generally genre bending. Think of bands like KayoDot, Oranssi Pazuzu or Deathspell Omega among many others.
What first got you into music?
Being the only musician that’s ever been in my family, I think it was more defiance than anything else.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Probably one of the Curated ATP festivals. They usually have the most eclectic mix of music in any one festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Alas, we have never received a gift from a fan. Our mailbox remains open and wanting.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Never give up on live music! The world is changing fast, but nothing is quite like watching some people sweat it out on stage.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Frank Zappa, no question. If I had the option for another resurrection, it would be Vitek, the Decapitated drummer, very tragic death. He was an immense musician and a true original.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Writing is the best and worst thing in equal measure. It’s a truly soul-destroying process that is also hugely gratifying.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The constant need for CONTENT. Sometimes it feels like the music is not enough anymore, and the magnifying glass gets closer and closer every year. I really respect bands that still have some mystery about them.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Remedy Lane” by Pain Of Salvation
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
As a consumer, downloads are amazing. Whilst Spotify is a terrible deal for artists, it’s literally a miracle. If you told me back in the 90’s that there would be a device that had ALL OF THE MUSIC EVER, fits in my pocket, and costs £10 a month, I would have called you a heretic and burned you at the stake for witchcraft.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We played with Dillinger Escape Plan a while back in Brighton and that was pretty cool. Those guys are animals.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would probably be wandering aimlessly in a post nuclear wasteland, fighting off irradiated dogs for scraps of tinned foods and dried meats. Photography also.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Chuck Palahniuk, Nick Cave, Daniel Day-Lewis, George Carlin and Frank Zappa.
What’s next for the band?
Considering that Covid-19 has captured the hearts and minds of the globe and has made touring a more difficult proposition, we will be writing for our next album. We currently have about 2/3 albums worth of material to work with, so we’ll be busy over the winter months into the next. We might get into the studio before that to record a single sometime next year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can find us on Spotify and Bandcamp! Instagram at www.instagram.com/milkwhitethroat/and you can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/milkwhitethroat/. You can also visit www.milkwhitethroat.com/. Through that you can find all of the relevant social media shenanigans.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
The clue is in the title.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Be excellent to each other and party on dudes.
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