By Spenser Webb, Entertainment Writer
UK punk artist Milk Teeth recently released their first full length studio album “Vile Child”. The twelve track album is the band’s first release since April 2015’s “Sad Sack” EP and Milk Teeth’s second release since signing with Hopeless Records.
Overall, Milk Teeth produces a very interesting sound. There’s a strong juxtaposition of musical themes even within single tracks. Milk Teeth seems to borrow heavily from the influence of the pixies and the grunge groups they inspired, producing an alternating loud-quiet feel. This dynamic isn’t limited to the music as Milk Teeth has two vocalists, Becky Blomfield who often produces a softer and enticing sound and a male vocalist Josh Bannister (who recently left the band) who produces a much more guttural and violent sound. With so much stylistic change not only from song to song but within each individual track as well, listening to Milk Teeth is anything but boring.
There are, however, a few standouts. Emphasizing Bannister’s vocal style is “Get a Clue”. One of the heavier songs on the album, “Get a Clue” is lyrically lacking but makes up for it with its raw intensity and feel. On the opposite end of the spectrum is “Moon Wanderer”, a calm and slow song highlighting Blomfield’s vocals and featuring heavy and compelling grunge bass, relatively simplistic drums, and a catchy, somewhat intricate guitar riff. Combining both vocal styles is the opening track “Brickwork”, which instantly grabs the listener’s attention and maintains it with yet another stylistic change, a spoken word bridge near the end of the song. One of the lyrically stronger points of the album is “Driveway Birthday”, a melodic song that borrows from the Pixies’ traditional soft, loud, soft style that shows the grunge influence in Milk Teeth’s music. Finally, there’s “Swear Jar (Again)”, a slower song with a simple riff driven mainly by Blomfield’s voice though Bannister’s vocals make an appearance in a calm harmony in the beginning of the song.
Overall, “Vile Child” is an incredibly solid release, especially for a first full length release. I highly recommend giving the album a listen, at the very least to appreciate the diversity of sound Milk Teeth is able to produce. I was very impressed with Milk Teeth’s first release and I’m looking forward to seeing what this band brings to the table in the future. Milk Teeth will also be opening for Turnover, Sorority Noise, and Citizen in St. Louis on March 13th.