It’s taken plenty of patience, self-belief and perhaps a little bit of luck for The Milk to get where they find themselves today. The four-piece made up of childhood friends Rick Nunn, Dan Legresley and siblings Mitch and Luke Ayling released their debut album, Tales from the Thames Delta via Sony in 2012 to much critical acclaim.
Although it covered all of their eclectic sensibilities, and earned them a loyal army of fans as well as mainstream radio play, the band felt they had lost sight of the music that really mattered to them – the soulful sounds of 1970’s Bill Withers and Isaac Hayes, the soundtracks of Lalo Schifrin and Bill Conti and the mastery of The Isley Brothers.
Favourite Worry is a soulful snapshot of where The Milk are today. As lead singer Rick explains, “Being childhood friends all about to turn thirty the subjects were all pretty introspective. Themes which run throughout start with confessions of remorse for having hurt some of those we love balanced out with equal measures of venom and vitriol for certain individuals who’d done us some serious wrongs.” Songs like Don’t Give Up The Night and Wanderlust talk about the pressure of settling down and starting a family when all you want to do is continue the reckless selfishness of your 20s. It’s a theme that is evident throughout the album, delivered by a voice, and played by a band, that have let the ‘voodoo’ loose and are speaking from their soul.
The Milk will play Scala on Tuesday 10th November in support of Favourite Worry: