Hailing from sun-soaked California, pop-folk quintet Milo Greene incorporates both a cool, ethereal sophistication and a laid-back vibe into their signature sound. Joonbug was fortunate to speak with band member Graham Fink about their recent performance at Lollapalooza, their just-released self-titled EP and provide a little insight on what it means to be a member of Milo Greene.
Ashley: You guys are fresh off a performance at Lollapalooza. How was it?
Fink: It was really cool; hot, sweaty, exhausting, exhilarating, all of those festival-type things. We’ve all been doing this for a long time...and now we’re playing for audiences and the venues are full, there are sold out shows; it’s insane to me.
Ashley: In addition to a full-scale touring schedule, you guys released a full-length debut album on July 17. Tell us about it.
Fink: It’s an amazing feeling that it’s finally out there. After a 2 ½ year process, there’s a feeling of release, too. We’re excited that it made it to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Since it came out, we haven’t had a second to step back, we’ve been running around like crazy people, [touring].
Ashley: Milo Greene has quite a few members, often with said members trading off lead vocals and playing a number of instruments. The dynamic is bound to garner some comparisons to groups like Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, I’m From Barcelona, so on and so forth. How does that feel?
Fink: We would love those comparisons! We’ve gotten Broken Social Scene a lot. We’ve also gotten Edward Sharpe, Local Natives and Of Monsters and Men, which is interesting because we’re really not influenced by them at all. When we first sat down and started writing, it was more about Fleetwood Mac. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to do our own thing, the “Milo Greene” thing.
The main thing I’ve learned about being in this band is that it’s really important to make a good first impression. We took a really long time putting everything together---our live show, our website our record---all to the highest possible standard. We really wanted all of our ducks in a row before we announced ourselves to the world.
And so they have, with a polished band persona that’s as genuine as it is well-thought out.
To check out Milo Greene’s new release on iTunes, click here.
For more info about the band, visit their website here.