We are great thanks. After a long period of writing and recording, it is good to have our heads above the trenches again and properly engaging with those who follow us.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Colours”?
Colours is definitely one of my personal highlights on the record. We all knew when we were recording Colours that it was going to be a stand out track. We record everything as live takes, all performing in live room at the same time. For us, this produces an extra dimension to songs that is hard to nail down, but you know when it is there and when it is not there. Every time I listen to Colours, I can hear that vibey live performance and it really helps with the dark energy that the track runs on.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Until this record, we had shied away from any kind of social commentary in our music; however, due to the current climate in the communities that we live in, we felt that we wanted to send a message about unity.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Last Friday we played a sold out show at Hoxton Hall in London. There was a film crew there and I (Ricky) think the plan is to release a live version of Colours from that show.
The single comes off your new album Cages – what’s the story behind the title?
The way that modern capitalist society tries to organize its citizens, is to arrange us all into neat invisible cages; we’re expected to be obedient, unquestioning, selfish consumers. The more awake we are to that reality, the less likely we’ll be confined by it.
How was the recording and writing process?
Having worked with, and learnt so much from, great producers in the past like Brad Baloo of The Nextmen and Paul Butler of the Bees, we felt that we were ready to self-produce for the first time. I was so pleased to see how every member of the band stepped up to help create this record in a truly collaborative way.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
Rather than a departure, the new record is just a natural evolution of our sound. There is certain fundamentals that will never change, but the music that we produce will always be a current reflection of the music we are into at the time and our abilities as players.
What role does the UK play in your music?
I love albums that sound like a particular time and place. We wanted to record in London and for that to feed into the record. I can’t tell you what is ‘London’ about the record, but I know that it would have sounded totally different if we’d of gone to Berlin or LA with the same tunes.
What aspect of politics and society did you get to explore on this record?
We made a conscious effort on several tracks to look outwards. Rather than reflecting on our own personal lives, we wanted to speak to our communities and try to connect with the ideas that everyone seems to be concerned with right now.
What made you want to go for a rather much darker direction?
I’m not sure that we have gone for a darker direction this time. I hear a lot of optimism in this record.
How did you get to balance the dark themes with the much uplifting tone?
The thin, sweet spot that melancholy bridges between optimism and sorrow has always interested me most with the records that I buy. It is definitely a feeling that we try to achieve in our music.
Any plans to hit the road?
We’ll be touring as much as possible in the new year.
What else is happening next in The Milk’s world?
Gigs, gigs and more gigs hopefully. Also can wait for our new album, “Cages” to come out on January 17th.