Martin Cohen must be like one of those people you’re always a little weary of introducing to other people: “Sure, he used to be car thief, and a Christian, but he’s… better now.” Marty (bet he loves being called that) was formerly in Nine Black Alps, but don’t let that put you off: whereas that band were a shonky post-grunge ballache, Milk Maid dig into much more enjoyable DIY territory, setting vocals to ‘distant’ and coating everything in a warm layer of fuzz. Raucous and heavily bearded live too (apparently). And in the buffet of support bands at the two venues, make sure you check out Cardiff’s Yajé – their damaged rock is heavy and lysergic and awkward and great. 

Zoo Pop present -

Milk Maid
Yajé
My Pet Monster
+ Spillers Records DJs

19th September
Undertone
8pm
£4

TICKETS – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/128384

MILK MAID:

An intense live act! Milk Maid have to offer a seamless blend of laid back guitar and heavily distorted vocals. Riding their own wave in the re-emergence of the Manchester music scene, Milk Maid has with their effortless creativity and swirling melodies created a significant buzz! After recently signing with Fat Cat Records, the band are about to release ‘Yucca’, their debut album. For fans of SONIC YOUTH, PAVEMENT, WAVVES, THE BLACK LIPS, SHOEGAZE & LO-FI

http://www.myspace.com/milkmaidmilkmaid

YAJÉ:

Featuring ex-members of Pretty Girls, Failed NASA Experiment etc. Will hesitate to use phrases like ‘free form’ but it’s genre-ignoring experimental shit encompassing everything from straight up lo-fi indie rock, surf, outsider, blues,noise pop etc etc etc etc. Plus it still manages to be fun. Spiritually, if not always sonically, similiar to bands like Faust. AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING LIVE ACT!

http://yaje.bandcamp.com/

MY PET MONSTER:

Their sound owes a lot to the distorted-guitars and buried emotionality of My Bloody Valentine, but beneath this crusty layer of fuzz lies some really rather joyous pop. My Pet Monster are an intriguing mix of slacker guitar coasting and twee shambling

http://www.myspace.com/mypetmonsternoise

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September 21st, 2011

FEAR OF FICTION PRESENT: MILK MAID | SPECTRES | TOWNS | HOLY STAIN
ENTRY//£6adv

Milk Maid

Milk Maid emerged from the Manchester music scene, and consists of Adam Carless, Ian Hodson, and songwriter Martin Cohen – ex-bassist of Nine Black Alps. A DIY aesthetic has been a key component in the band’s ethos, with Cohen writing and recording everything in his flat.

Riding their own wave in the re-emergence of the Manchester music scene, Milk Maid has with their effortless creativity and swirling melodies created a significant buzz – appearing with such bands as Wild Nothing, label-mates Mazes, Titus Andronicus, Crocodiles and Male Bonding. Sessions at the BBC with Marc Riley and at Maida Vale with Huw Stephens has solidified Milk Maid’s status as one of the bands to look out for in 2011.

Milk Maid was first picked up by Mazes member Jack Cooper’s label Suffering Jukebox, and released the 7” ‘Such Fun/Can’t You See’ in 2010. The single is an example of their seamless blend of laid back guitar and heavily distorted vocals. Suffering Jukebox summed it up in the press release when they compared Milk Maid to Guided By Voices for their “laissez faire approach to recording solid gold melodies; throwing songs away most bands would kill for with a swooning arrogance.” It is this element that has seen Cohen branded with the ‘slacker’ tag and compared to artists such as Kurt Vile and Woods.

The band was signed onto Fatcat Records early 2011, with their debut album ‘Yucca’ being released on the 20th of June. ‘Yucca’s meshing of light and dark could sound forced in less capable hands, but the calm authority that Cohen wields over his songs is remarkable considering that the tracks contained on ‘Yucca’ represent his first forays in to song writing. Recorded in Cohen’s own flat, when the indefinite hiatus of Nine Black Alps meant the bassist found he had time on his hands, ‘Yucca’ is the sound of an artist moving out of the shadows of the rhythm section and delighting in the freedom of doing things his way. Timeless, sweet and sun-drenched pop hooks are pitched against viscerally dark lyrics that explore disintegrating relationships and emotional conflict to a backdrop of Cohen’s Manchester hometown. Indeed Cohen’s willingness to push the boundaries of what would usually be found in a three minute pop song with his lyrics, instrumentation and production is perhaps ‘Yucca’s defining feature. Considering how new Cohen is to production and song writing, it is exciting to think about the possibilities of where Milk Maid can go next.

An intense live act, Milk Maid will be touring extensively in support of the upcoming album.

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