MIDNIGHT CONTROL is a track bulging with the signature Milburn sound – but don’t expect to hear other new material if you have planned to see them in the near future. “We’ll only play new tunes that people have heard previously.
“I can’t think of anything worse than spending weeks getting a song sounding great only for a distorted and muffled live version finding its way onto YouTube. We need to give them more respect than that.”
The new songs the band speak of are from their announced, but unnamed, upcoming LP. Speaking of the record, the band assures: “We have tried to remain true to the old Milburn spirit whilst moving on and growing up.
“Lyrically and sonically we’re much better than we used to be – but we would say that, wouldn’t we?!”
Approaching the record with a new lease of life allowed much more freedom and less pressure than in previous releases. Taking maturity and a new sense of enjoyment to the studio gave Milburn a chance to reminisce. “We take things a bit less seriously now. Perhaps that’s because we’ve been on the other side and appreciate how good being in a successful band with your mates is.
“The dynamic within the group has hardly changed at all. We have known each other since we were children so we are painfully honest and critical. There’s no filter.”
Their 2016 comeback saw a string of festival shows last summer, which the Sheffield rockers found “overwhelming.” Playing at the likes of Y Not Festival, the size of the crowds they drew in took Milburn by surprise.
“We knew that we’d be missed in Sheffield, but to go around the country playing the old songs and even into Europe has been a nice surprise.
“It is mad how much people ‘own’ the songs. Not in a wanky Simon Cowell way, but in the sense that the fans are so passionate about the tunes and have a proper connection with them.”
This year, though, Milburn will play their biggest headline show to date. Topping the bill at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl alongside Reverend and the Makers and Cabbage will give fans a chance to celebrate the good old days as well as the new record.
The Don Valley Bowl show, “touring at the end of the year and generally saying yes to any offer which justifies leaving the house” will keep Milburn occupied for the remainder of 2017. Be sure to head down to a gig of theirs to relive the golden era of indie-rock.
Final tickets for Don Valley Bowl are available here.