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This Ain’t A Scene: Milk Teeth

When we decided to start a new magazine, we thought long and hard about the best way to introduce ourselves. Mission statements? Manifestos? Rambling paragraphs about what we stood for and how we were different? Nah. Not for us. Instead, we decided to catch up with some of our favourite bands. Not to try to group them together, or to make a new scene – just to say they’re great. That’s what Upset is about.

There are all sorts of ways to get noticed these days but some say that the best way to make your mark is to quite simply get out there and start doing it. If Milk Teeth are following any sort of recipe for success, it’s that.

“Yeah, I’m good,” begins the band’s guitarist and vocalist Josh Bannister, who’s back at home near Bristol. “I’m finally recovered from the last few months of touring, getting my life back on track now. You kinda of have two separate routines. I have the one I have at home, and then I go on tour and it gets messed up. So, it’s been a case of getting used to getting up a decent time and stuff like that, but I’m back on track now.”

Over the first half of 2015, Milk Teeth have pretty much been here, there and everywhere else in between. Just a handful of weeks ago, they found themselves on their third tour in a row, with almost two full months’ worth of shows tucked neatly into their collective belts. Safe to say, the quartet don’t do things by halves.

“We booked the Title Fight tour,” he begins, explaining their recent endeavours, “and we had booked the Frank Iero tour. Then whilst we were out, we booked the Frank Carter tour, and we did the show for you guys in London” – for more on that, head to p14 – “and thought that we might as well put on some more shows beforehand!”

Another blessing of their recent live circuit has been introducing themselves to such an array of music fans: “With the Frank Iero fans, the kids who come to those shows are fantastic,” he explains. “They appreciate everything that they get put in front of them. Obviously, the show was much more for Frank Iero than anyone else, but everyone else got exactly the same response and it was fantastic. When you go on some tours, wherever you sit on the bill, sometimes not being the headliner can feel quite detrimental and it can feel like nobody cares, but every night, they would be there and they were listening. They cared. A lot of the kids that were at those shows now come to our own shows that we play, and that’s really nice to see.”

If anything, the experience has been priceless for the Bristol-based four-piece on all accounts. Having already offered up a hefty slice of their scuzzy-around-the-edges alt-rock with their EP ‘Sad Sack’, it’s been their life on the road that’s still teaching them how to really up their game.

“It’s been brilliant,” enthuses Josh. “We thought that, before we went on these tours, we came into our own when we played live, but we really feel like we’ve come even further. The more you tour, the better you get at it and we’ve toured for so long, playing shows pretty much every night, that it’s been brilliant for us as performers. We’ve learned a lot from it and I think we needed to do it. I think every band should. Before this, the most we had done was ten shows in a row, and it’s just been brilliant. You just throw yourself into it and your body is gonna hate you for it; but when we were doing it, we were in the best place we could’ve been.” 

Photo: Emma Swann / Upset. Taken from the August issue of Upset – order a copy now.