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FIGHTMILK To Release New Album and Share New Video

FIGHTMILK To Release New Album and Share New Video

FightmilkHarnessing a great catchphrase in to an excellent album title, London four-piece Fightmilk are due to release their debut album Not With That Attitude on 2 November 2018 via Reckless Yes.  They create sweaty, loud, shouty pop songs about crushing hard, acting out, and running away to solve crimes in Sweden. Blending acerbic lyrics with riffs galore and the urge to dance when you least expect it, Fightmilk revel in a certain inexplicable 90s nostalgia.

Fightmilk formed in 2015 when lifelong friends Lily Rae and Alex Wisgard were both made romantically redundant at the same time. In the wake of broken relationships and an uncomfortable year spent living at their respective homes at the age of 25, they realised there was too much angst, too much Kirsty MacColl, and too many drunk nights of making up fake band names for them notto be in a band together. They began writing songs, partly as a way to work out some of their issues and partly so that they could reference It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Moving on from just the two of them and a drum machine called Elton that they couldn’t figure out how to operate, they were joined by Nick Kiddle on drums and Adam Wainwright on bass (who was also handy at piano, cooking dinner and making electronic music in his bedroom under the name of Future Wife).

They released two EPs, the self-releasedThe Curse Of Fightmilk in 2016 and Pity Party via Fierce Panda. As both EPs sold out, they released a compilation of the two, plus two bonus tracks, called Both Types of Hayfever in early 2018. They have shared the stage with Desperate Journalist, Worriers, Dream Nails, Spearmint and Skinny Girl Diet(amongst many others) and toured Germany. Securing radio support from Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music and John Kennedy on Radio X they also received enthusiastic Twitter reactions from Helen Love and Eddie Argos. In a more unusual booking, they were recently the live support act for a screening of the film 10 Things I Hate About You.

Whilst the first batch of songs were borne out of unceremonious life circumstances for Lily and Alex, for their first full-length album, they found that their personal lives were in marginally less in the doldrums. This meant that they were able to tackle issues more objectively and work through a lot of problems over the course of the record.

With songs such as “Four Star Hotel”they explore the ending of the relationships with their respective long-term partners (which was the catalyst to forming the band). Coincidentally both couples had booked vacations in Amsterdam towards the end and each realised that a holiday will never save a relationship. As Alex explains; “almost every line is based on one of our two true stories, from the shit-eating grins in the holiday photographs to having to push two twin beds together in a hotel room.”

On opening track “How You Move On”Lily sings about a man she was dating who was so incensed whey they split up that he got a tattoo of an ugly tree over his heart to commemorate the relationship – turns out he had a gallery of bad tattoos of previous conquests. Lily explains further; “I like to try and write songs that I’d want to sing at karaoke whilst drunk which explains the chorus. It’s entirely designed for post-breakup girls-night-out karaoke.”

“Solving Crimes In Sweden”was the result of a massive TV marathon of Scandinavian crime dramas. Lily says;“It is literally about having an existential crisis and running away to Sweden to escape everything and, er, solve crimes.”

The thrilling intro riff to “Lucy”recalls 90s favourites Super-chunk. “Dream Phone”is an 80s tinged ballad that ramps up into a joyous drum sample pop extravaganza.  Lily says of pop belter “Get A Grip”“I’ve always been quite sad I didn’t write Kids In America. It’s understandable because at no point in my life have I ever been a kid in America. Then again, nor has Kim Wilde.”

A joyous gem of a record, Not With That Attitude was recorded at Dean Street Studios in Soho with Keith TOTP across four stolen weekends over a two year period. This gave the band time to hone their songwriting, iron out the kinks and spend time over the mixing, so that it sounded meatier and more polished than their previous recordings. Drawing on bands such as Weezer, Sleeper, The Long Blondes, Martha, Charly Bliss, Diet Cig and Johnny Foreigner, Fightmilk have carved out their own sound and place in the musical universe to add a bit of joy, angst and humour to everyday existence.

 

 

 

 

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