The Green Door
Despite the days of Union Jack plastered guitars and weather-worn parkas being a prerequisite of any northern based guitar band being long gone, Manchester indie groups are still often typified as being lager-swilling, knuckle-dragging delinquents more prone Oasis and The Stone Roses than the best of alternative American culture. Tonight, Milk Maid – the newish venture from Martin Cohen, the onetime bass player of perennial under achievers Nine Black Alps – show us that for this once-bedroom-based project he has discarded the angsty grunge fascination of his old band and hoovered up the underlying influences of Guided By Voices and Pavement. With a vocal that has a striking similarity to Graham Coxon’s, we are presented with a set that neglects much of the material from this year’s debut album, ‘Yucca’, and instead thoroughly swings towards ushering in a new era – one where Milk Maid is no longer a solo project, but a united band of four, as a succession of songs that have the underpinnings of melodically-driven and understated lo-fi, American-flavoured indie happily bounce along like a Kangaroo on Crunk juice. ‘Yucca’ – taking its lead from Flying Nun Records, amateurish roster – wasn’t very special at all, but tonight is, and so Milk Maid Mk II look to be.
By Nathan Westley
Originally published in issue 32 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. October 2011.