Milk Teeth – Vile Child

Listening to ‘Vile Child’, the debut album from Bristol four-piece Milk Teeth, is like waking up from a 25-year musical coma. The album is so entrenched in the glory days of grunge and alt-rock it genuinely comes as a surprise Butch Vig did not produce it. Opener ‘Brickwork’ is perhaps the most current cut on the album, in that it heavily echoes Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong’ …which came out in 1996. The rest absolutely reeks of 1990-1992, lumberjack shirts, ripped jeans, Doc Martins and all. The album works best when focused on blasting out three minutes of scratchy, angular pop, such as the gloriously fun ‘Brain Food’ or ‘Cut You Up’, but is equally powerful when creeping in the languishing shadows of songs like the droning ‘Swear Jar (Again)’ or ‘Kabuki’, which owes more than a gentle nod to Nirvana’s ‘Something In The Way.’ But the best thing about ‘Vile Child’ is that it makes you feel young again, not just in the overriding 90s influence, but in the way it sounds like a frantic, pubescent teenager trying to get a handle on all its emotions at once. When focused on Becky Blomfield’s fragile but passionate vocals, the songs crackle with a youthful vigour, and whilst co-frontman Josh Bannister’s strained howl certainly adds another dimension, his recent departure could prove to be a blessing in disguise if they choose to capitalise on their more melodic strengths. A solid debut with a very promising future up for grabs.

Milk Teeth

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