Noisy rock music may well come to dominate 2013. Amherst, Mass. trio California X already cast their own thunder with their recent self-titled album, and in April, Olympia fuzz freaks Milk Music are entering the fold with some new noise of their own. Recently signed to Fat Possum, Milk Music, whose self-described style is “too straight for hippies, too far-out for punk,” makes a fine case for a thriving Replacements and Husker Du-inspired middle ground.
“I’ve Got a Wild Feeling,” the first new track from upcoming album Cruise Your Illusion, is a nice showcase for both the band’s meaty punk sound and unforgettable knack for melody. It’s a rocking tune, but one that carries a tinge of sadness in its distortion-laden hooks. Slide riffs underscore singer/guitarist Alex Cohen’s confessions like “I had my time/ I blew it away,” and mentions of “dancing naked in a state of bliss/ with a cobra in your fist.” It’s the carefree sound of feeling that carefree feeling slipping away. Melancholy never felt so good.[found on Cruise Your Illusion, Fat Possum; out Apr. 2]
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.