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Cages

by The Milk

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Luxuriously spread out over two black vinyl discs, featuring the artwork of Animisiewasz and photography by The Milk.

    Includes digital pre-order of Cages. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around January 17, 2020
    Purchasable with gift card

      £20 GBP or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Digipack CD version of the album

    Includes digital pre-order of Cages. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around January 17, 2020
    Purchasable with gift card

      £10 GBP or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Double LP and CD together

    Includes digital pre-order of Cages. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around January 17, 2020
    Purchasable with gift card

      £25 GBP or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Cages. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases January 17, 2020

      £7 GBP  or more

     

1.
Broken Sky
2.
04:49
3.
Wild Chained Man
4.
Feels So Good
5.
Knock Me Out for Ten
6.
7.
Time Don't Cost Enough
8.
Long into the Night
9.
You Make Me Love
10.
The Great Sorrow
11.
Cages

about

Having released “Favourite Worry”, their critically acclaimed sophomore album and first for independent label Wah Wah 45s, in 2015, the band are able to trace the seeds of the latest LP back to their recording sessions with producer Paul Butler (Andrew Bird, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Waterhouse) almost five years ago, blending elements of soul, funk and rock together to create their own unique sound, inspired by some of their favourite artists such as Bill Withers, Traffic and the Isley Brothers.

"I can't wait to hear you write songs that look outward" - these words from Paul subconsciously had a lasting impression on the band. To atone for more inward-looking sentiments on “Favourite Worry”, there had to be a shift in perspective.

During the formative stages of the new album The Milk started pursuing a Nichiren Buddhist practice. The values and principles they discovered during this have informed every aspect of the record.

“We wanted to write an album that looked outside of the walls, to people, society and the environment - embracing real freedom in musical expression by utilising more complex rhythmic structures, extended harmony and dissonance to paint an original and authentic-sounding record” explains

If their debut, “Tales from the Thames Delta”, was inspired by hedonism and “Favourite Worry” by introspection, “Cages” is an impassioned conversation with the world. Racism and division are all on the rise. British society is being pulled apart by forces that seek to divide us and rip the compassion and empathy from our minds and hearts. We have become distracted from the more urgent challenges of boundless consumerism, climate change, and the mental health emergency reeking havoc on our streets.

We are the birds in the cage, tied by cheap thrills and fake news to a limited world vision that is no longer fit for purpose. The good news? We can all choose to challenge this view.

“Cages” is equal parts the dark black shadow of how far we've fallen and the blazing sunlight whose rays of hope can still change the world.

Four life-long friends, Ricky Nunn (vocals), Mitch Ayling (drums) Luke Ayling (bass) and Dan Le Gresley (guitar) formed their first band when they were still at school in Essex, playing countless working men’s clubs, and finally became The Milk.

The band have built up a following of dedicated fans around the UK, which has resulted in them selling out venues such as Scala, Koko and Shepherds Bush Empire. Keen to get back on the road where they feel most at home and where the guys really shine, the band offer up a compelling set of diverse styles, matched with an ability to effortlessly intertwine songs together, gives their music a continuous feel to it.

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releases January 17, 2020

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The Milk Wickford, UK

Four life-long friends who went from forming their first band in an Essex school to playing countless working mens’ clubs and finally becoming The Milk.

The Milk’s much anticipated Paul Butler (The Bees, Michael Kiwanuka) produced sophomore album will be released 2015,
examining their soulful roots.

Honest, classic song-writing heavily influenced by 70’s Isley Brothers, Bill Withers and more.
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