Considering I'm becoming bored shitless of bands who endlessly string out their single note riffs and bastardised Gang of Four licks - seemingly to try and force us all back into The Winter Of Discontent - Milburn's debut 45 comes as something of a surprise.
Despite already being tagged alongside upcoming touring buddies and current hot shit Artic Monkeys, 'Showroom''s dark, ominous guitar groove proves in seconds that Milburn have the potential to be much more than coat-tail grabbers. The guitars flirt with a riff that rumbles in the same tunnel as The Rakes' 'Retreat', Bloc Party's 'Helicopter' and - really, it's not that far off - The Blues Brothers theme. Filled with some exclamatory remarks courtesy of Joe Carnell's tremulous Midlands drawl - "The book that you're reading is upside down!" they insist - it sounds suitably tense and surprisingly fresh. By the time the itchy, summer ska of 'Storm In A Teacup' whistles past it's clear Milburn are heading in pleasurably feisty direction. Just, please, lay off 1979 - I think we've had our fill.
7Ross Bennett's Score