Video link - The Milk set to deliver fresh new sound at Leopard

Essex soul band The Milk.
Essex soul band The Milk.

Essex soul band The Milk will be playing the Leopard in Doncaster on March 13.

Influenced by the classic Motown, Staz and Trojan Records that soundtracked their teens, 2011 saw The Milk sell out the likes of Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Dingwalls, The Jazz Café, XOYO and the Camden Barfly in London alone, and whilst still unsigned.

With a new single scheduled for release through Sony/Sign of the Times, Simon Fuller’s record label, at the start of April, the band’s first extensive UK tour will see them preview songs from their forthcoming debut album, which has been produced by celebrated DJ and remixer Brad Baloo (The Nextmen).

The tour begins in Canterbury on March 1, and includes the band’s biggest headline show to date at London’s Scala on April 4.

The Milk are quickly earning a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live bands. They were even nominated for Best Breakthrough Artist at the UK Festival Awards this summer, going up against the likes of Bruno Mars and Jessie J.

Having been friends since school, The Milk began life as a teenage punk band: after some disastrous efforts to act rock-and-roll, the group soon split, though lead-singer Rick’s belting soulful voice arguably benefited from these loud, formative years.

Sometime later, the boys revisited the classic Motown, Stax and Trojan Records that had soundtracked their teens, intent on putting on a club night. Instead, they hit a creative breakthrough.

Holed up in the shed at the bottom of their garden, all new songs and sounds were experimented with, which were written in-between and sometimes in response to a series of make-do jobs in Wickford, Essex. And it is to their hometown that the band will round off their tour, with a Chinnerys show in Southend on April 5.

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