By Vanessa B
Rising “heavy pop” band We Are MILK, stand tall in the long lineage of psych-rock bands and take the 90s alt-rock and shoegaze movements to rockier heights. Hailing from Los Angeles and now based in Paris, and with the ambition to write the 21st century’s new classics, we caught up with the four-piece following the release of their recent rock single ‘Hey’ for some QuickFire Questions.
How did you come up with your band name?
Maeva (Keys/ Vocals): Shirley Manson from Garbage sings a verse beginning with “I am milk” in one of her songs “Milk”. Loved the image! Well “We are” MILK. Milk is good whether almond or soy and initially, it is life itself. So we definitely are milk.
If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
We’d like to open for Nine Inch Nails. We like the way they turn most of their shows into a concept art piece backed with immersive visuals. That’s the type of connection we want with our fan base and we want our shows to be able to get a point across without having to anchor on it.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Eric (Vocals/ Guitar) :
We Are MILK has mainly played in Los Angeles where the band originated, in venues like Troubadour, Dragonfly and the Whiskey to name a few. It’s certainly moving to perform on the scene where the Doors made themselves known! But we also loved trendy Silverlake Clubs. Great shows over there!
In Paris, I’ll have a special thought for the Bus Palladium where we got to play several times. Covid just closed the place. This is sad, it was a great scene. Special thoughts also for our friends from Rue Oberkampf in Paris where we had unforgettable evenings performing our songs.
What drives your music?
Eric (Vocals/ Guitar):
It’s always difficult to define one’s own music. Obviously I could tell you, and it’s true, We Are MILK wants to write the 21st century’s new classics. Then there is the style. We are definitely rock, definitely psychedelic and definitely pop, I mean, in the way seventy’s bands were pop, So let’s say heavy pop… Heavy for the rock side, pop for the melodies.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
Maeva (Keys/ Vocals) :
We plan on releasing new songs before Summer on all platforms through our distributor Awal/Sony. And of course, we are getting ready for live shows 🙂 We are also currently looking for festivals.