Connecticut wonderboys Milkshakes are back with a brand new EP. Having previously released an incredible split with Wisdom Teeth, I’ve been waiting patiently to see where this band take their next step. Having featured them in our Something For The Weekend article, I knew they were capable of releasing solid new music, and they haven’t disappointed with this record. ‘Exactly Where I Need To Be’ is a progression of that split and they’ve taken it up a notch both musically and emotionally.
‘Exactly Where I Need To Be’ is 4 tracks of indie-emo bliss. Engineered and mixed by Algernon Cadwallader’s Joe Reinhart (whose most recent work of note is the Hop Along record) this EP takes the next step forward for the band. Pushing out more vocal aggression and leaning more on the melodic side of things, ‘Exactly Where I Need To Be’ is the record I knew this band could achieve.
This is awesome
We just put out a new EP, it would be really cool if you checked it out!
Check out my bands new EP!
It wouldn’t really be an understatement to call this a ‘dream come true.’ Titus Andronicus have been my favorite band ever since I first saw them in New Haven more than three years ago. Now my band and I are playing with them at The Space in Hamden on 4/28. It would mean a ton if lots of people came out to this, as we are trying to sell it out. The So So Glos are also playing, and they’re great as well. I would most certainly be at this show even if I weren’t playing it, and the fact that I am only intensifies the excitement that I felt as soon as the show was first announced.
RSVP to the facebook event HERE and find more info at the link above. I will post more updates about all the stops we’re going to pull out as we gear up for the show.
Here’s a kind write-up that a website from England called www.alreadyheard.com did about us! Thanks guys!
Despite this being one of the worst pictures ever taken of me, the write up is very nice
Crunch House 14 Gilbert St., West Haven, CT
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PREMIERE: Milkshakes - “Distant”
I’m happy to announce the exclusive premiere of a new track from the Connecticut punk band Milkshakes, one of my favorite local acts and a group whom I consider very close friends of mine. This song, entitled “Distant,” will appear on their imminently forthcoming 4-song EP Exactly Where I Need To Be. Some readers may recall that I had this group perform an acoustic set and interview on my radio show last August. Admittedly, when one has friends in the music scene, it’s often hard to think critically and be impartial when appreciating their music. Make no mistake, however; my love for this band’s music has little to do with my love for them as people.
Many times I have seen this group play in basements and DIY spaces across the state, always conveying an unassuming self-effacement that stands in marked contrast with the quality and intensity of their performance. With mature grit and experiential vigor, this mostly-teenaged band sells their brand of emo-stained pop punk terrifically in their live shows, and on “Distant,” they come closer than ever to capturing that unfiltered angst in a studio setting.
In its 3-minute running time, “Distant” oscillates between the crunchy power chord punk of their excellent 2012 split with Wisdom Teeth, and a new, previously unexplored solemnity. It’s as catchy as anything on that split, but there’s an element of maturity present on this recording that wasn’t there in the scrappiness of those three tracks. When frontman Tim Diltz sings “I’m not waiting around for you” towards the end of the track, there is a knowing acceptance in his unexpectedly fragile voice, like a pat on the back from a best friend. His lyrics may be simple, but the sentiment that they express is profound and universal. As the rest of the band lurches behind him, guitars blazing, the listener can feel an overwhelming internal conflict expressed outwardly. This kind of translation is what punk has always been the best at accomplishing in comparison to other genres, and Milkshakes validate that notion with this track.
Exactly Where I Need To Be Tracklist:
- 1. Distant
- 2. Snow
- 3. Bleed Out
- 4. The Boy With the Wagon Tattoo
Hey so here’s a premiere of my bands new song that’s going to be on a new EP that we have coming out soon. Check it out!
Here’s a video of us playing Kalabar’s Revenge at Wilder-Zangkraft during our last tour.