Essex soul band The Milk to support Ed Sheeran on tour

Posted on 10 May 2012
By Bert Bernstein
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Hot on the heels of a 27-date UK tour, which climaxed with a sold-out show at The Scala, The Milk have announced details of a brand new single for the Summer and a string of live dates for June.

The soaring Every Time We Fight single will be released on June 24 on the Sign Of The Times/Sony label.

Every Time We Fight is a personal and impassioned track mixing classic soul melodies with a modern dance sensibility. Driven by a memorable chorus, soaring horns and intricate rhythms, this is the sound of a band digging deeper than the hip-hop groove of fan-favourite B-Roads or the gutsy guitar-rock of first single Broke Up The Family.

Every Time We Fight is one of the first real insights into The Milk’s debut album Tales From The Thames Delta which, belying the traditional period of incubation and co-writes, was completed just a month after signing a deal.

Every Time We Fight in particular reflects this period of uncertainty, with its mixture of anxiety and hopefulness. Holed up in the shed at the bottom of their garden – where they still write and record demos – all new songs and sounds were experimented with; penned in response to the band’s small-town frustrations. The boys formed a crucial creative partnership with Brad Baloo (of celebrated hip-hop masters The Nextmen), who turbo-injected their understanding of the lineage of black music, and the fluid, assimilative genius of hip-hop. And as The Milk’s live reputation began to build them an impassioned following, others started to take notice too. A climactic headline show at London’s Jazz Cafe eight months later finally clinched them a record deal.

The Milk release their debut album later this Summer and will play another extensive run of dates, cementing their reputation as one of the hottest live acts in the UK. The band will also be winning new fans with their live shows including festival spots at Great Escape, Camden Crawl, Beachbreak, Isle of Wight and Ibiza Rocks where they’ve been invited to support Ed Sheeran.

May 12 Brighton Great Escape Festival
May 31 Bristol Cooler
June 1 Bedford Esquires
June 2 Southend Chinnerys
June 4 Newcastle Evolution Festival
June 5 Mallorca Mallorca Rocks (with Ed Sheeran)
June 6 Ibiza Ibiza Rocks (with Ed Sheeran)
June 9 Leeds Cockpit
June 10 Hull Fruit
June 12 Leicester Lock 24
June 13 Birmingham Hare and Hounds
June 14 Derby The Venue
June 15 Nottingham The Bodega
June 16 Coventry Kasbah
June 17 Swansea Beachbreak
June 20 St Albans The Horn
June 21 Guildford Boileroom
June 22 Northampton Labour Club
June 24 Isle Of Wight Isle of Wight Festival