The Milkstains - Gored, Kicked, Beaten
Summer can officially start now because The Milkstains have released a 3-song EP just in time for their 10 year anniversary. A few lineup changes later, the super-hip trio went out to the country to record Gored, Kicked, Beaten with Russell Lacy of the Virginia Moonwalker. Lacy’s special reel-to-reel Tascam 388 enables him to capture the rawest, most lo-fi sounds straight to tape.
Spaghetti western and surf find a hazy middle ground as “Harold’s Lament” begins the album. The dark, almost swamp rock of the dismal tune fills the bones with sultry southwestern flavors. Is that a baritone guitar? The answer is nope, but there’s an omnichord in there played by vocalist/guitarist Jon Sizemore.
Don’t get too zoned out, because “Australia” will kick your tuchus into a higher gear. Their music is just plain fun with otherworldly influences injected into some kinetic garage rock.
Catch the Milkstains this Saturday, 6/21 @ Hardywood Brewery along with Red Hot Lava Men. Free.
photo by Ron Rogers