From Melbourne in Australia we bring you an exciting new alternative rock band that oozes coolness and catchy indie rock goodness in the form of Mylk.
The band sent us a track called Your Name, which is the perfect mix of fun indie rockiness and angst. It opens up with drums and a plodding bassline then light guitars before light vocals take over “I don’t even wanna know your fucking name, Especially in light of the situation.” The vocals suddenly intensify into a big cry of “I don’t even wanna know your fucking name, I think you’re stupid and the clothes you wear are lame” over heavier guitars and driving drums.
A second chorus drops into light guitars with repeats of the opening vocals, before bursting into more intense versions of them to bring the track to a rocky ending. The “I don’t wanna even know your fucking name” lyrics are super-catchy and we guarantee they’ll be stuck in your head for hours. Check it out below:
We had a chat with the band – Nathaniel (vocals and guitar), Harry (guitar), Julian (bass) and Ewen (drums) – to find out a bit more about them, read on here:
GR: Who are Mylk? What’s the backstory and how did you get together?
M: “Mylk came together very suddenly and randomly, we never really planned to be a band, and then one day we just became a band. Before Mylk existed, our lead singer was asked to do a solo gig somewhere and thought it might be nice to have some other instruments on stage. Within two days of asking around, talking to friends and people at university, Mylk was formed and somewhat accidentally became a band because everyone had such fun at that first gig.”
GR: You’ve sent us Your Name. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
M: “Your Name was one of our first releases and has come to be a crowd favourite whenever we play live. The song is an angry, upbeat track that seems to make people jump around, especially when played live. The song is an ode to hating authority, and hating ‘the man.’ The song really is just a bit of fun, and was written and then played with the intent of giving people a good time and a way for them to release pent up energy. It’s really nice to play it live and have everybody scream the lyrics alongside us, that’s what makes it all the more special to us.
“In terms of inspiration for the song, our own mistrust of authority and of people in power was probably the biggest influence, as well as wanting to write an upbeat, angry and memorable song for audiences.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
M: “Your Name is definitely our heaviest track, with our usual sound being a mix of Kings of Leon and The Pixies, with an emphasis on memorable melodies and making the melancholic somehow groovy. We just try and have fun.
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
M: “Anything and everything. It’s never been confined to a few themes of topics, with anything we see or hear having the propensity to trigger us to want to write new songs. It’s funny where you can find inspiration for music, even the smallest occurrences or ideas can somehow transform into songs. We always find the weirdest or most mundane things to be the topic of our songs, for example one of our tracks called Snooze is about hitting the snooze button over and over again on your alarm in the morning.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
M: “As we said above, Kings of Leon and The Pixies are two of our strongest influences, as well as the plethora of local acts we are lucky enough to see or play alongside in Aus!”
GR: We’ve met a few cool Aussie bands. What are your thoughts on the current rock/punk scene in Australia?
M: “The music scene is Australia, especially in Melbourne, is incredible. There are so many opportunities to play live and so many people who are invested in local music.
“Melbourne is unreal in its support of the music industry, and there are innumerable initiatives to help emerging artists to navigate and experience different aspects of the industry, not to mention the inviting nature of all of the local radio stations throughout Melbourne. There is so much undiscovered talent in our city, you can go out any night of the week and see an act that will blow your socks off! It really is inspirational having so much talent right on our doorstep, and the amount of influences we have locally is awesome.
“In terms of the rock/punk scene, things have never looked so promising for both new and veteran artists, with more and more people enjoying live music, and wanting to experience different genres. If you want to play music in Australia, there is seriously nothing stopping you at all.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
M: “We are releasing a new single called Not My Fault on 8 August, with a single launch to follow! There is also a music video to coincide with the release of that single and it’s a complete piss-take. For all of the details check out any of our social media accounts or visit our website.
“We’re then setting our sights on finishing up an EP and hopefully getting that out as soon as possible! Other than that, we just want to play as much as possible and, hopefully, give our audiences a great time.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
M: “We believe that having fun with music is the most important thing for us, not taking ourselves seriously and making people want to listen, dance and feel a little bit of some way when they hear or watch us play is our aim. We love music and we love playing together and with that, we hope that people feel the same way about music as we do. Cheers heaps for giving us the opportunity to tell you a bit about us!”