They forgot the “Less” and the “Acid”! Well, no booze picture today, just a message of Love.
It’s just really slow. I had no idea when I picked up the Illinois Entertainer Saturday night that we were in it, I was just killing time before the show. Hey, it only took 8 months or so since we sent in the album for this review, but since it’s such a nice one we’re ok with it, especially the last line:
Milk at Midnight’s third release, Less Love More Acid (Stars/No Stars) finds the trio alternating between heart-stirring indie pop (”Sticks In My Stomach”), Killers danceability (”Kristol Ball”), and bombast worthy of Muse (the title track). “The Leaning Tower Of Astigmatism” opens with a riff that’s a little bit country and a little bit “Big Bird In Japan,” while “Lost Highway” drowns in a cacophony of psychedelia. Rarely does an album’s full track listing consist of must-hear ditties, but here’s a perfect dozen. (www.milkatmidnight.com)
– Janine Schaults
I guess we’re in the Red Eye but I haven’t seen it, only the online version on Metromix, with this wonderful description:
Milk at Midnight
Aug. 1 at Martyrs’
Locals’ “Less Love More Acid” offers bad advice but plenty of plaintive, impressive indie rock tunes.
Alright! Bad advice, indeed. And somewhere in there is our picture as well, reproduced here for your pleasure:
The following ten groups released albums or EPs that we believe launched them far above the roiling masses making up the Chicago music scene.
Coming in at number 3…your favorite and mine…the one, the only…Milk at Midnight! Thanks Chicagoist and Tankboy!
Thanks to everyone for coming out Friday night!
“Less Love More Acid” Record Release Show tonight! Vinyl (and buttons) available at Empty Bottle!
Love (and Acid),
The charming and sonically affable local outfit Milk at Midnight celebrates the release of “Less Love More Acid” (Stars/No Stars Records) tonight, the trio’s second full-length. The classic-rock-inspired indie pop—that’s saying bubblegum with riffs—bounces along in an even more psychedelic way this time around, but not at the expense of the band’s endearing youthfulness and tendency to lean towards the dramatic. But the ability to pull off both a dark-edged indie-rock song like “Kristol Ball” and an acoustic-guitar-led song like “Sticks in My Stomach” is impressive; the album’s title track, probably the best song of the collection, has a driving intensity that could for sure inspire a room. A “Less Love More Acid” mantra might not be a super hard sell with the kids, either. (Tom Lynch)
December 12 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3600, at 10pm. $8.
I appreciate Mr. Lynch actually listening to the record, unlike the person at another local weekly who suspects “that deep in their hearts they’d really like to be Kiss.” Really? That’s what you heard when you listened to this record? I can’t think of a band I’d least like to have referenced in a review than Kiss.
Less than two weeks away…Friday December 12
Milk at Midnight
1035 N. Western Ave.
Official Album Release Show!
“Less Love More Acid” on Stars/No Stars Records
12 song album featuring “Greatest of the World,” “The Leaning Tower
of Astigmatism,” “Sticks in My Stomach,” and more!
Vinyl available at this show! Also through Stars/No Stars (digital
download or vinyl).
Vibrant locals MILK AT MIDNIGHT proclaim Less Love More Acid, the
title of their third release proper via *Stars/No Stars* which they
celebrate the release of here. Purportedly, “the sound of the
American Dream as seen through a bad trip,” their new record is
meant to be a soundtrack to the end of the Bush era and is an
interesting mix of LED ZEPPELIN inspired guitar riffs and fuzzy
FLAMING LIPS-esque acid rock with a touch of twang. Their live shows
are infamous for being a full on sensory assault with dazzling
projections and lights to accompany the equally explosive melodies.
Treading the territory somewhere between alt-country and indie-pop,
Chicagoans PENTHOUSE SWEETS help celebrate the occasion playing
second. Mysterious locals THE JEFF MANGUM APPRECIATION SOCIETY open.
We don’t know much about them, but anticipate their set will
feature just the slightest psychedelic touch. *(SPECIAL: ‘Pick Your
Poison’ – your choice of any special, five dollars.)*
Milk at Midnight dot com – for all of your MaM needs!
Milk at MySpace – streaming MaM tunes!
Milk on Facebook – social networking with MaM!
So much going on with Milk at Midnight!
New website, new album and a show this Saturday at Empty Bottle.
Saturday November 1
1035 N. Western Ave.
(MaM plays 2nd)
This is NOT a Halloween show! MaM will be dressed up as MaM!
Same address, new fancy look!
Go check it out!
“Less Love More Acid” is available on vinyl and digital download via our website and Stars/No Stars Records (www.starsnostars.com/milkatmidnight), and vinyl will of course be available at this show!
Thanks for your continued support!