“Who are that band I heard on Radio One the other day, the ones who sound exactly like Arctic Monkeys?”
This is the question I found myself being asked the other day by a good (but lazy) friend of mine, and, sadly, it's not the first or last time Milburn will find themselves guilty by association with their old school friends.
Yes, their spiky, punky racket is very much in the same vein as Turner* and co.'s, and 18-year old singer *Joe Carnall's voice is distinctly in flat-cap territory, but Milburn, despite their tender years, have actually been around for longer.
With less in the way of spoken-word social commentary and more in the way of Jam-on-speed singalong choruses, 'Send In The Boys' is their first step towards carving out an identity all of their own.
Once they find a producer capable of reproducing the energy of their live performances, that should be relatively straightforward – ridding themselves of the 'Monkey(s) on their back, on the other hand, might take a little longer...
7Rob Webb's Score