Ahead of their upcoming show at The Sunflower Lounge, we caught up with Spilt Milk Society to find out a little more about them
We’re teaming up with the very lovely Birmingham Promoters for Spilt Milk Society’s headline gig at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham! It’s going to be one hell of a night…
Hey guys! How are you all? What have you been up to the past few months?
We’re all in a good place thanks for asking! It’s been a stressful half a year as we’ve been giving our whole operation a face lift which has obviously taken a lot of time and motivation, but it’s definitely paid off. All of us have been working on songs for the band and for our individual outlets non stop, and since we’re all heavily involved in lots of different projects it’s fun to be able to come together and collaborate our ideas for Spilt Milk. The band is in a great position for what’s to come and I’d love to tell you about all the plans we have for this year but I’m going to be secretive about it and test everyone’s patience in the meantime.
Tell us a bit about yourselves, who are Spilt Milk Society?
Spilt Milk Society is a band that me and Josh started in 2015 summer. We were both looking for something musical to put our time towards. I didn’t know Josh until he was working for his dad, decorating my mum’s kitchen, and I found out he was some sort of master genius guitarist. I had a few tunes and so we
jammed them out and the rest is history. Right now, the band has evolved into something more than just a few mates
rehearsing and playing gigs; it’s a collection of ideas and artists. We intend to fully exploit the extent of our artistic vision over the next few years and I’m honestly just excited for everyone to experience the journey with us.
We heard you have a new single coming out, we love it, can you tell us a bit
Me and my best friend Leah, who’s a world class fashion guru by the way, were on the way back from Aberystwyth on new year’s day when we came up with idea of writing a song based in a charity shop. We had both recently fallen in love with turtlenecks and decided that we wanted to contribute to their revival so wrote some lyrics about it. Me and Josh then spent a month solidly recording and producing the next songs for the band and the result is the release of ‘Turtleneck Boy’ this September, followed by the rest. It’s definitely the most light-hearted song we’ve done and it’s class to play live which makes me really excited for our tour.
What was your creative process while recording the track?
The drums weren’t recorded in a studio. I spent two weeks doing nothing but programming and producing them so that they’d sound authentic – people are always shocked when I tell them that I made the drums out of samples and logic presets so I guess it was time well spent. Me and Josh then worked on the rest of the track alongside the other songs that we have and after a month and half locked up in our flat in Liverpool we were finished. We ended up becoming world class at flying cars on GTA San Andreas during that period and I also won the FA cup with Yeovil Town on Fifa 13 so it was a successful time through and through.
What’s the main thing that you hope people take away from the track?
Harry : The truth was we we’ve never been convinced of our direction so we decided we’d set out to write some songs to bridge the gap between the band as it was and where we want it to be in the future. We chose three songs to release out of the five that we wrote and what we hope people take away from them is our
intention to branch out. We’ve kept these songs routed to the energetic, optimistic brand of indie that we started out with in 2015 as well as sticking to the anthemlike feel of songs like Voices and For The Last Time.
The truth is, the only person I try and please is Josh’s dad, Nick, and he thinks they’re the best songs we’ve ever done so I’m not offended by anyone else’s judgement.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Harry : I’m influenced by a lot of different artists so that’s difficult to answer. On a grand level it’s the people in my life that I love and surround myself with that influence me the most – my mum, my friends, my beautiful dog Lottie. Musically, I’m really inspired by artists with exceptional vision who better themselves through the projects that they take on; Kevin Parker, Thomas Mars, Brandon Paak Anderson, Michael Archer, Louis Celestin to name a few off the long list of people I look up to. As far as Spilt Milk Society goes we have certain bands at levels that we aspire to reach – Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club (may they
rest in peace), Mystery Jets, Peace etc. We really believe that you have to have targets to aim for. It’s the only way to know whether you’re progressing.
We’re super excited for the October show at The Sunflower Lounge, have you got any surprises in store?
We do indeed. It’s going to be a memorable show and I don’t want to ruin the surprise but it’s definitely worth being there for. We’ve been working hard on the new songs too and it’ll be the first chance to hear them so we’re excited to see what people think.
What’s your go to method for preparing for a live show?
Gigs are still in that stressful phase for me right now. I’m looking forward to the day I can turn up, relax and play then relax some more afterwards! It’s all part of the hard work that will pay off for us in the long run though, and we all realise that so none of us are complaining. The knock on effect, however, is that I get stressed over the organisation that’s required on a show day and end up never eating beforehand. Somehow starving on stage actually makes me perform better so, again, I don’t complain. Also it makes whatever I eat afterwards taste a
thousand times better. I know that Josh and Rob like to have a tipple before playing and, true to the rockstar’s manual, it seems to be a successful method of calming the nerves.
What’s your favourite part about performing live?
Being able to hear people sing along to our songs is a timeless reward. At first it was our mates that would come along and sing to our songs, but now having strangers come to our gigs knowing all the words (admittedly more
accurately than I do) is surreal. Also getting to the end of a gig that the whole band has rehearsed long and hard for is just a great feeling; knowing that the hard work has payed off and feeling like we’ve done the songs justice.
If you could give people just one reason as to why they should be there on
October 14th, what would it be?
We have some special guests joining us for our stop in Birmingham. The local scene that’s developing is becoming a genuine collection of friends and artists and everyone will get to witness that more and more as we all progress. Beyond that, we have some sparkly new merch for the tour which will definitely be worth getting.
Spilt Milk Society play The Sunflower Lounge on October 14th.