Release Date: Jul 19, 2011
Record label: Fat Cat
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
[a]Milk Maid[/a] mainman Martin Cohen once comprised one quarter of [a]Nine Black Alps[/a], which when you listen to [b]‘Yucca’[/b] kinda makes sense, because it sounds a bit like his former day job, but with about 25 per cent of the aggression and production values. But if that sounds like a slight against this album, then you’ve got us all wrong. Full of distortion-drenched vocals and slacker guitar lines, [b]‘Yucca’[/b] is a brilliantly messy thing.
There are different ways to approach the band purgatory of "indefinite hiatus." You could maintain a dignified silence, either letting the memory of your band live relatively untarnished in the hearts of fans, or maybe building up feverish anticipation for a lucrative reunion tour. You could start a blog, an acting career, or some other non-music project. There's also always the possibility of starting a new project to satiate your musical urges.
This year has been special for Milk Maid. It started with them getting signed to Brighton’s Fat Cat records, who showcased them at the new music marvel that is the Great Escape, and now proceeds with the release of their debut album Yucca. With their lo-fi slacker attitude, their sound has a low maintenance DIY ethos and comforts the listener with its distorted snugness.
Yucca, Milk Maid’s debut album, opens with 13 seconds of guitar that sounds like the band is performing a badly-recorded cover of Nirvana’s “Sliver”. They aren’t, of course, but the guitar rhythm and chords of “Such Fun” are exactly the same as the Nirvana song from almost 20 years ago. The song’s chorus is different, though, as the band shows an affinity for Beach Boys-style ‘60s pop.