The feet of Brighton-based duo SKiNNY MiLK have barely touched the ground since they formed in January this year. Although Johnny (bass/vocals) and Tim (drums) have played in larger bands before, with an array of FX pedals and some knockout drumming; SKiNNY MiLK create cathartic tunes that effortlessly reach the volume of much larger guitar bands.
We caught them live supporting Strange Cages back in August at The Shacklewell Arms, and we’ll be heading back there on the 6th of October to see them support Findlay for WCDI Promotions charity gig for Rape Crisis UK. We’ve already interviewed Kelly Chard (WCDI’s founder) about the gig, but we thought we’d have a quick catch up with Johnny to talk about SKiNNY MiLK’s latest tour dates, and why they’re keen to play a part in promoting gender equal line ups for this show…
Hello Johnny! SKiNNY MiLK have just come off a short UK tour. Talk us through how it went and what you’re going to do when it’s over…
The tour went really well, we had a few cancellations and last minute bookings but on the whole it was a lot of fun. Now we’re heading back to the studio to record another EP.
Great stuff. For those who don’t know, can you tell us how/when you formed the band and what inspired you to do so?
SKiNNY MiLK formed in January this year after our previous band The Vril evaporated. Me and Tim were still itching to play live and write heavy tunes. It just developed from there really!
We caught you last time you were at The Shacklewell Arms supporting fellow Brighton band Strange Cages. Did you enjoy the gig? What did you get up to afterwards?
We had a great time with our pals Strange Cages. They’re a great bunch of lads! We got back to Brighton for a few drinks after the show!
You’re returning to The Shacklewell to support Findlay for the WCDI Rape Crisis UK Charity gig. How important do you think gigs like this are? Do you feel like you’re making a difference?
We think gigs like the Rape Crisis UK gig are great for raising awareness about subjects that are too important not to be aware of!
Part of the inspiration behind this gig is the desire to see gender equal line-ups in the music industry. What is your ideal gender-balanced line up?
Yeah totally, we need to see more women in music! We really love playing with Clever Thing from Brighton. It’s really nice to see our friend Daisy singing!
You recently released your debut self-titled EP. Can you talk us through where and how you recorded the songs, and what kind of reaction you’ve had to it?
We recorded the EP with our good friend Rob Quickenden at Ford Lane Studios in Ford, West Sussex. We’ve been working with him for many years! So far people seem to enjoy our debut. Just need more people to hear it!!
Do you have a favourite song from the EP?
I really like all the songs from the EP, but I think ‘Here It Comes’ is my favourite . I really like Tim’s hypnotic drum patterns! I think Tim prefers ‘C’mon’.
Can you tell us any more details about new releases or more tour dates?
We’re going to record another EP and continue to play and write new material. We have a load more gigs to play before the end of the year including our debut show at Custard Thruster vol 3. (15.10.16) and Stoke Newington Festival Saturday (22.10.16).
Finally, if you could have written any song in the world; what would it be?
Ahh that’s a really tough one! I’m a big fan of the Stooges, so maybe ‘Down on the Street’? I love that song!!