The band pose for a press shot
Milburn's last ever gig at Sheffield Academy on 24th May 2008 sold out in two hours... But back in July 2005 when the boys were starting out, BBC South Yorkshire scooped this exclusive interview with them. Read on and weep for no-more-Milburn...
:: The following article was written following an interview in July 2005
Milburn are Louis (rhythm guitar), Greeny (drums) Joe (vocals/bass) and Tom (guitar), all still in their teens and youngest member Joe has just finished his A-Level exams.
Greeny started playing the drums before the band formed and Tom was already playing the guitar, the guys knew each other from playing football together from a young age.
Not wasting much time the lads spoke of their musical interests. Louis, Greeny and Tom decided to do something musically and get some songs down.
Joe joined at a later date, and despite not knowing how to play the bass guitar or sing he soon learnt, he had no choice.
"At first we started copying other people, doing covers," said Louis. "When it was just the three of us we were just copying music and it was a good feeling when you could play someone else's songs, and after a bit we started doing our own stuff.
Louis hopes the band can go full-time very soon
"Basically we forced Joe (Louis' younger brother) to sing in the band as we didn't have a singer."
So you were forced into it?
Joe - We'll yeah, I suppose, when you're a lot younger you're really self conscious in what you do and obviously singing's going to be a massive part in that, but after a bit of bullying I just happened to do it and it worked ok.
So did you all have similar musical tastes?
Louis - Around a rough point, but then there are some extremes.
Joe - That's good in a way because it brings different things to our music, if we all listened to the same things we'd just end up with copies of stuff, but now we just throw everything into the pot so to speak and it comes out in a Milburn style.
So no embarrassing posters on the wall to tell us about?
Greeny - My first album was Wet Wet Wet.
Tom - Ha-ha, where did that come from?
Louis - Mine was Heaven 17.
Joe - One of the first singles I got a hold of was by Pato Banton, Baby Come Back.
Tom - I'm quite proud of mine, mine were Suggs, I'm Only Sleeping...
Greeny - But you did go and see Gloria Estefan and Steps!
Tom - Alright, calm down, calm down... it was a free ticket!
Who out of the four of you has the most to be ashamed of?
Tom, Joe and Louis - Greeny!
Joe - Obviously we're going to be bias as we don't like what you like, well most things.
Tom has been to a Gloria Estefan and Steps gig!
Greeny, do you have a different taste because you appreciate the percussive element of music?
Greeny - Yeah... I appreciate what bands play 'cause it's their personal view on music. Like pop songs, you listen to the guitar and it's sh*t and simple, so when you listen to some right good drumming, like punk drumming, fast with a lot of energy behind it, that's what I like about some types of music.
Did you find that with your singing Joe?
Joe - Your singing just evolves, at first I did it because we needed to do it, then eventually it evolved into a style which I built up for the band, but I've never really concentrated on any vocalists or anything like that.
Probably subconsciously they'll be like a few different people going on but really I've always been into the music as a whole, to tune in with the music and produce a sound.
So Joe and Louis, you're brothers. Has that caused any problems?
Joe - No, not really, there's no story there, everyone keeps digging for a story, there's nothing interesting there.
A bit like your name then?
Louis - Yep, nothing interesting there either." (Their name was derived from the surname of a friend of the band).
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last updated: 28/05/2008 at 11:58
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