Keeping in the spirit of DIY, lo-fi garage rock, Australian quintet Pure Milk have created a charmingly chaotic sound with dissonant guitar lines and a sharp, dry wit. Their rough-around-the-edges approach has found them success in the local and national scene, and with the release of their sophomore EP Self-Improvement the band are continually breaking new ground into 2020. Now, the band are proud to reveal their thoughtful and timely new single, Pressure, out now.
How has the build up to your new single Pressure been?
I guess you could say the Pressure has been building up!! (I’m so sorry). It’s been good we’ve been sitting on this song for so many months so it’s exciting to finally see it released into the world!
What was the process of making the track like?
Honestly it’s taken ages, the song has been sitting in our back catalogue for close to 3 years, we’ve probably tried to record it a good 3 or 4 times but the sound was never quite right. One day Dylan started playing around with this Canned Heat-esque drum beat and I just started singing the melody over the top and we loved it, everything fell into place super quick from there.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
If you really wanted to box us in, I guess we’re just garden-variety-indie-rock but I’m probably being a bit harsh on myself. No, we’re like a sweet mix of indie and garage rock with a sprinkling punk and country. The best part of our band is we’ve come from different background musically, Dylan and Joel are both producers and heavily into electro-pop sounds, Brayden used to play in a bunch of hardcore bands and Nathan is into a lot of punk bands, it makes rehearsal so good because everyone’s wanting to try new things.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
From a songwriting perspective I’ve definitely been influenced by the likes of David Berman (Purple Mountains/Silver Jews), Dan Bejar (Destroyer) and Julia Jacklin. Lyrically they’re all just on another level, the way the write is so captivating yet simple and endearing. As a rule of thumb I just want to create songs that 16 year old me would fall in love with, if I can do that I think I’m doing alright.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Everyone always tells me ‘don’t overthink it’ which I’ve always liked, I don’t follow it but it’s a nice concept.
How did the band get together?
Well me Dylan and Nath met at a party when we were like 17, that’s how I got to know those guys and we would just jam at my house every Saturday, that lasted a good few years. Eventually Dylan and I started recording and the band built up from there. Joel and Brayden came into the mix a little later because I wanted as many friends on stage as possible, honestly I’m too blessed with the amazing band I’ve ended up with.
What’s on your playlist at the moment?
Oh gosh too many, I’ll just give you a list of albums I love at the moment.
- Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutter
- The Strokes – The New Abnormal
- Trace Mountains – Lost In The Country
- Spanish Love Songs – Schmaltz
- Faye Webster – Atlanta Millionaires Club
Can you tell us a fun fact about each member of the band?
Well Joel has started making his own jewellery (shoutout @1234jewellery), Nathan wrote off his first car (a Daewoo) when he was 17, I’m about to start my PhD in Psychology, Brayden has played over 700 hours on Super Smash Bros, and Dylan’s recently become a dad!
Interview By Rob Lyon