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Tom Rowley of Milburn

Milburn @ Rescue Rooms 12/7/06

Jaqui Brown
Okay, we all love Arctic Monkeys but do we have to have so many copycat bands?

Profile: Jaqui Brown

I'm in my second year studying Social and Cultural Studies with Film Studies, which even though may not have many lectures; I'm convinced that there is way too much reading! The Rescue Rooms and browsing through records at Selectadisc seem to be my favourite library/work avoidance techniques. I like to think I'm fairly eclectic in my taste of music, but Radiohead and all things Thom Yorke-ish will always hold a dear place in my heart. Nothing beats the fuzz of vinyl, the Sheffield tones of Jarvis Cocker's voice, and a Jack Daniels can make anything better!

Well I guess it was inevitable that a harem of Sheffield sound-a-likes would be bursting onto the music scene after the phenomenal success of the Arctic Monkeys, and although there are many disputes as to ‘who got there first’, there’s no denying that they really do sound exactly the same.

Liverpudlians Hot Club de Paris, although sharing some of these similarities, at least attempted to offer something a little different and it meant that I wasn’t continually going on tip-toe to figure out whether this really was the Arctic Monkeys and someone’s idea of a joke.

Hot Club de Paris were quite endearing - a modern day Barbershop Choir with some guitars and a drum kit thrown in for a laugh. After being welcomed to “Hot Club de Paris", the band then went on to sing a song about ‘killing a girl’- this sort of humour instantly winning the adoration of the audience.

Milburn, despite having acquired a huge fanbase (at times it was hard to breathe, let alone move) really did just sound and look like their fellow Sheffield peers with a slight kick of The Libertines. “Send in the Boys” was incredibly reminiscent of “Fake Tales of San Francisco” and another of their songs sounded very similar to a “Time for Heroes”… so much so in fact, that I actually started singing along to it by myself.

The rapport that frontman Joe Carnall built up with the audience was great though, encouraging them to go into a frenzy for their last song after pointing out one of the many posters stating that crowd-surfers would be ejected. To be honest though, the fans hardly needed any encouragement.

For a very young band, there’s no denying that they actually play quite well- but do we seriously want or even need, another band that sounds and looks exactly the same as the last band to come out of the same city?

last updated: 13/07/06
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