Interview by Tracey Moyle.
Lovable Melbourne alternative rockers, Mylk have released their new single Not My Fault, a fun catchy track about being a bit of a bad luck magnet. It’s coincides with a humorous and very endearing video showing off the lighthearted feel this band project.
Hi Nathaniel, congrats on the new single Not My Fault!
“Thanks it’s been a really good couple of weeks.”
It’s got a great ‘just chill out’ vibe to it both in the song itself and the lyrics. You’ve captured that very indifferent ‘don’t blame me, shit happens’ attitude. Who came up with the idea lyrically?
“That was me, I write primarily, a lot of songs for the band. We’d written the music first for the song and so given the mood, the up tempo groove of it, we were thinking something light hearted and fun lyrically, just so it’s not offensive in anyway really, easy to listen to, people can smile and dance along.”
Was it something you based on actual experience?
“Haha, not really, a bit of creative story telling I guess.”
I love the video as well. It looks like it was a lot of fun to shoot. Did you all just sit around and come up with the ideas for the clip?
“Yes, that’s basically what happened. We met with our friend, Jack Wilson-Lee who’s a film-maker. We basically gave him the pitch ‘lets just try and do this funny one take video clip where all this random stuff happens’ and we just kind of pitched our ideas, and the more we pitched our ideas the more we laughed so we though yeah, lets just try and include everything we can.”
Do you do most of the song writing and the other guys get the music down or do you share the song writing throughout the band?
“I can’t take credit for all the song writing because Ewan (Addati) and Julian (Stewart) also wrote a couple of the songs we play, but a lot of our songs come with an idea and we kind of write our own parts for the song. And everything we write is written through jamming and through figuring it out over a period of time. Sometimes it takes a short period of time before we have a finished product and sometimes it can take weeks. Sometimes we don’t’ get anything at all.”
It’s like you write your songs based on inside jokes and a not giving a crap attitude. You’re songs are fun and I guess people find them easily relatable. Well most people not everyone I suppose. Hahaha.
“(laughs) We try and personalise our songs as well it gives them more meaning to us when we play them but also keeping it accessible enough so people can relate to it and people can have a good time, not think too much about what they’re listening to.”
You’ve been put into the same genre or, I guess, audience appeal as Canadian indie rocker and ‘slacker icon’ Mac DeMarco and more locally popular surf rockers Skeggs. I’d say that’s got a lot to do with the attitude that comes through in your music.
“Yeah definitely, it’s not necessarily the genre of music but more kind of having fun, taking the piss. Just not taking it too seriously and making sure people see that we aren’t necessarily taking our selves too seriously so that they are able to just listen to it and have fun. It is really just about he fun and the passion and the love of music. It’s a hobby for us at the moment just because we are still small time, but keeping it as something we enjoy doing rather that a chore is something we try and definitely do.”
It’s to me a very Australian attitude. If I hadn’t heard your music and you were just describing it too me verbally, the band that pops into my head is Frenzal Rhomb. It’s completely different but the same attitude.
“Yeah yeah, definitely (laughs)”
When I first heard you sing I actually thought your voice particularly reminded me of the Rubens. Your tone is similar to Sam Margin.
“Wow, that’s great. That’s the first time I’ve been compared to him, that’s good to know. I’ll have to listen to a bit more of The Ruben. Get some pointers.”
Who are you guys listening to at the moment and who inspired you to be in a band when you were younger?
“We all grew up listening to The Pixies and earlier Kings of Leon stuff was a really big influence for me especially and the other guys in the band think high of their earlier stuff. Their first album was just classic garage rock and roll which is something I love listening to. Myself lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Big Thief and their new album is fantastic and I pulled a few things from that in terms of influence. And also a lot of Pinegrove.”
You’ve got a lot of variety in your influences but you still remain true to your own sound which is really good.
“Yeah I try to listen to a bunch of different stuff just because there is so much fantastic music out there it would be pointless just to stick to one genre with my own listening.”
I don’t think anyone should do that ever, that ‘s just boring. We need different music for different moods.
Give us a quick background on how you guys met exactly.
“Ok so me and Harry (Bohmer), our lead guitarist, go back a long way. We went to school together and were really good friends throughout school. And Ewan and Julian went to University with Harry and still do. How Mylk formed was, I was asked to do a solo gig, a support spot for a mates band and I kind of thought, you know, I would rather have a bit of back up there and not stand by myself on stage. I’ve done a bit of solo work in the past, it’s good but I kind of like to share that performance aspect with other people, and getting a bunch of people together to create something, that’s musically really cool. And its fun to play with other people. So I asked Harry if he wanted to play with me and he said ‘well I’ve go a few people at Uni who drum and play bass so lets have a jam.’ So we met once before that first gig and had one jam and from there on we’ve been just playing.”
So it just fell together naturally?
“Yeah I think its really good because not only did we come together as musicians but also instantly bonded as friends. Which is something that is very important as well.”
The single launch is at Grace Darling Hotel in Colling wood on Friday night (23rd August) is that a local venue to you guys?
“It’s inner Melbourne which is basically where we are all from. Different sides of the city but close to that venue, so it’s not too hard for us.”
It’s all pretty central in Melbourne. Brisbane has taken some time to get a good live scene going but although it’s not as established as Melbourne its getting there and growing all the time. We have some great bands up here at the moment.
“Yeah definitely and I’ve seen that there’s been a real rise in Brisbane music scene like the festival Big Sound helping to start up bands.”
What do you think is the hardest thing to get around getting the music out there? We have 4ZZZ locally but is it the lack of radio stations playing local music or something else?
“I can’t really say that there isn’t enough, especially in Melbourne we have so much community radio 3RRR and PBS, innumerable radio stations that are set up to play local bands and support local bands. I guess the hard thing is being able to break through and knowing how to break through, which no one really does, it’s all about luck of the draw. The hardest thing is telling yourself in the end if you love what you do and if you keep doing it hopefully it might happen, but you do have to love it and that’s what people will notice.”
GC Live are Brisbane based, any thoughts bringing the single launch up to sunny qld?
“Hopefully we’ll get to do an east coast tour. We are in the process of recording some more at the moment but nothing is set in stone. But depending on where we are all at when new music comes out we really will try to play in other states and play in other cities. We have done a little bit of interstate stuff before but I’d love to travel and play more.”
We’d love to see you up here. Have you got plans for an album release anytime in the near future?
“Probably not an album yet but hopefully an EP is in the works.”
Tell me, who would be your ideal tour partner? What band would you want to tour with or support?
“Given that they have just announced an Australian tour and I’ve sited them as a major influence I’d say The Pixies. The Pixies would be unreal.”
The Pixies have gone over so many generations with their music.
“It’s unreal they are so recognizable.”
They were that pre grunge era. You could easily argue they started that ‘grunge’ sound.
“Definitely, I’ve also heard Neil Young is the ‘Godfather of grunge’.”
That’s so true, I love that theory. Good luck the launch of Not My Fault and we look forward to seeing you guys tour Brisbane hopefully in the not too distant future.
“Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. Yes, Brisbane would be fantastic.”
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