Returning under a brand-new name and powered entirely by himself, “Only Total” is Milo McNulty, the acclaimed talent behind previous projects Morning Smoke and Method Actress. Still based in Brighton and described as ‘if Prefab Sprout had been signed to Mute’. The debut single ‘Faith’ has a current swagger with an 80’s dressing which reveals itself with every return listen.
Starting to learn guitar age 12, Milo moved to Brighton from Bath when he was 18 with friend and band member in Morning Smoke and Method Actress, Max Wright. In the first 6 months he’d written a half a dozen songs and had found a great rhythm section…Morning Smoke was born! Having had some good independent success with releases on various labels including Cannibal Hymns and Lolipop Records, the band toured the UK, making appearances at some high-profile shows including The Great Escape and a number of headline shows in London.
However, as Milo’s song writing developed, the songs didn’t fit Morning Smoke’s sound, so Milo formed Method Actress and more recently decided to go solo as Only Total.
Speaking on how his song writing developed and his plans for Only Total, Milo said:
“Both my previous bands are special but song-writing has always been very insular for me and with each project I wanted to express that more and more, so I came to the point where I realised that it made more sense to have my own project. I guess where my own songs are involved, I’m not really a band person!
So, for the last 12 months, I’ve been writing and recording at my own pace. I’ve now got a collection of songs of which I’m really proud of, maybe I’ll do an EP or an album down the line, we’ll see. The plan for the moment is to release a slew of tunes over the next few months to get people aware of the Only Total name. I’ve got some great musicians who want to play in the band so by the end of the year we’ll be doing live shows and hopefully an album will be released early next year!”
Keeping an air of mystery around the subject of Faith, Milo describes it as“Inspired by everything and nothing, a feeling, just a song”, leaving it up to the listener to make their own assumptions. Mixed and recorded by Josh Harrison.