Milk White Throat – Hierarchy EP

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Milk White Throat – Hierarchy EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/09/2020
Running Time: 21:51
Review by Tammy Lomax
10/10

I miss Brighton, I miss it a lot. Not just because of the diversity, but because of the people. My circle of friends are the most important and genuine people I have in my life, some of them coming from Brighton.

When I moved there, I felt at home for the first time in my life, it’s very versatile. I struggle blending in up North, where I am now. I wear a metal t-shirt and feel I’m being judged all the time. In Brighton, you can literally be anyone you want to be and there is no judging, well you still get the odd dick, it’s expected anywhere.

I left just over a year ago, but Brighton did enable me to broaden my horizons and expand my music career. After removing the dicks from my life and trying to settle in “Planet North”, Mr Editor and I began chatting! He and Beth have lots of cheek kisses coming their way, he has helped me get out of my rut, mentally, and channel the crap into my writing.

I mention all of this because Alternative/Progressive band Milk White Throat are from Brighton. I have seen them play live on numerous occasions and I bloody love them. I do have a dirty mind at times (All the time dear readers, all the time – Rick), and to be fair how can I not go off on a tangent with a name like this?! “Milk White Throat”, Oh gosh. Yes please! 🤭

The name Milk White Throat is actually taken from a line in the Nick Cave song, ‘Black Hair’.

Starting in 2000 as a Thrash/Death metal band, ‘Milk White Throat’ refuse to be pinned down to a particular genre, mainly because there is so much variety and creativity, individually and collectively as a group…fuck the rules!

During this time, the line-up has slowly reduced in size and by 2016 only three members remained.

They have continued to evolve and have now returned with their self-released EP “Hierarchy.” Whilst still sticking to variety, the three songs that make up “Hierarchy” are their most mature and melodic effort to date, progressing forward from 2018 EP “House Of Fire”.

The songs represent an individual’s fragility from different perspectives. Our minds can certainly be a fragile thing for sure, especially during these times.

As “Hierarchy” is only three tracks long. I am going to go through them one by one, with as much information as I can.

Opener ‘Closed Eyes’. It is written from the perspective of the world within oneself. It can be a struggle to accept who we are and what everything around us is actually about. What is our existence worth to ourselves? The track itself is over 7 minutes long and they jump straight in with the most alluring vocals, they are light as a feather, well balanced and everything is…calm. The music moves me in ways I can’t explain. Their guitar work meets the flow then excels as it progresses, giving us some umph. It’s pretty clear there are some personal experiences behind this music, you can feel it and the passion.

Next up is ‘Sleepless’ and It is written from the perspective of a parent and the continuous battles mentally. Are our children a true reflection of ourselves and are we qualified to raise a child? Fans have made comparisons with Deftones, I understand why. There is more energy in this track, but a continuous graceful flow remains. Vocalist Brian Thomas is slightly fiercer, but you can hear his growls being held back, no room for gruesome growls here guys! ‘Sleepless’ is also the lead single and has a wonderful accompanying video filmed in The Underworld, Camden Town!

Finally, title-track ‘Hierarchy’ is written from the perspective of someone failing to live up to society’s expectations. Are we just a number and statistic in the outside world? How do we use all of this information to better ourselves? This takes you on a journey, all sections are dynamic, and the tempo is fast, but it still flows with the other two tracks.

I am now going to sound like the biggest cheese ball going!

“Hierarchy” is a perfect representation of how we see our lives in general. It covers different points of views, experiences, opinions (*cheese ball incoming*) and my perspective is, LOVE! Love is the perspective! We should inject that good juice daily, seeing potential in the negatives, seeing inspiration in the darkest of moments, seeing beyond all limitations. The sky is not the limit, our minds are!

The work that has been created on this stunning EP is exceptional. It moves you in so many emotional ways. Although it is short it is balanced throughout. I cannot really do it any justice, so please do check it out.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Closed Eyes
02. Sleepless
03. Hierarchy

LINE-UP:
Tom Humphrey – Guitars.
Guillaume Croizon – Drums.
Brian Thomas – Bass and Vocals.

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EMQ’s with MILK WHITE THROAT

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?

Venetian Snares.

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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