photo courtesy of Milked
Exploding In Sound Records is thrilled to announce the second installment in the ongoing “EIS Tape Club,” the debut album from Chicago’s Milked. Following the split of Geronimo! back in 2015, Kelly Johnson began creating music as Milked, self-releasing basement demos and garage rock experiments through his Bandcamp page but Death On Mars is their first “official” album, due out June 30th. A return to form for Johnson, the record is surging with fuzzy indie rock and blistering punk with its sights turned toward the cosmos. There album revolves around a loose theme based around the idea of searching for a new home in outer space and all the feelings included… loneliness, reflection, nostalgia, excitement, and melancholy contentment.
“Death On Mars” a song that Johnson confesses “uses some imagery from an episode of Ren and Stimpy” is about his wife and the feeling of “being unsure about, but content with, where life will take us”. The syrupy guitar riff has an infectious melody offering it’s own thick hook before the vocals even begin. As Johnson dives into the spaced out slacker chorus, “maybe in the future, we can die together on Mars,” there’s an epic quality to it all, a love song for uncertain times. The slow build of Johnson’s warped pop ballad is sludgy yet bright, a pop song with mountainous guitars.
Uproxx share the premiere of “Death On Mars” saying, “if you missed Geronimo!, this three-minute dose of noisy guitar rock ought to make you very happy. It’s a fine mix of slowcore and post-punk influences that’s as deceptively simple as it is anthemic and melodic.”
6/29 – Chicago, IL @ Quenchers Saloon w/ Post Child, Bow & Spear & Sat. Nite Duets
6/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The High Dive w/ Sat. Nite Duets
7/01 – Rockford, IL @ Mary’s Place w/ La Historia & Pink Beam
Death On Mars
June 30, 2017
Exploding In Sound Records
Join The EIS Tape Club
1. White Punks
4. Death On Mars (Video)
5. Goodbye Durango
6. The Cosmos
7. Picking Up
Milked is the project of Kelly Johnson (ex-Geronimo!). You can place your dislike or indifference of its music squarely on his shoulders. The rest of Geronimo! (Ben Grigg and Matt Schwerin) comprises the live band for Milked. Geronimo! is still good friends. The songs from Death on Mars, Milked’s first “proper” full-length, were written by Kelly Johnson in the spring/summer of 2015, right after Geronimo! ended. They were recorded with Nicholas Papaleo through the summer of 2015 – fall of 2016. The album features Matt Schwerin (ex-Geronimo!), and Andrew and Nate Lanthrum (Troubled Hubble).