âMostly Noâ (FatCat, July 9), Milk Maidâs second album follows hot on the heels of last yearâs debut record, âYuccaâ and finds front-man Martin Cohen cementing his foundation as a talented songwriter able to straddle the line between noise and pop.
On 25th June, âSummertimeâ becomes the lead single from the album, backed with a non-album cut âTaking Turns to Dieâ.
Adding swirls of psychedelia to âYuccaâsâ crafted fuzz, the home-recorded âMostly Noâ explores a trans-Atlantic sound that at times simultaneously recalls the grand traditions of Manchester indie and Californian acid rock but which also sits alongside contemporaries such as Ty Segall, White Fence, and The War on Drugs.
This mix of influences comes together perfectly on âSummertimeâ, which combines the haze of early Jesus and Mary Chain with the sun-bleached guitars of Roky Erickson and the classic songwriting of Jefferson Airplane. Its title and hooky chorus may suggest a carefree summer anthem, but the season simply presents the âdoomed manâ of the 1st verse with a ânicer timeâ to kill himself; Manchester miserabilism raining on a sound so associated with hippy optimism!
ON TOUR: June 4th â MANCHESTER, Dot to Dot/ June 28th â LONDON, Shacklewell Arms/ June 29th â MANCHESTER, Underachievers/ June 30th â EDINBURGH, Henry's Cellar Bar/ July 1st â NEWCASTLE, Dog and Parrot/ July 2nd â LIVERPOOL, Bumper/ July 3rd â LEEDS, Oporto. For updates see http://milkmaidmilkmaid.blogspot.co.uk/