The Milk Men are going in to the studio in January to record the follow up to their much-acclaimed debut album FULL PHAT. The band's second album will be called GOLD TOP and will feature up to a dozen songs, including at least nine original numbers. The album will be released on the Skyfire label and will available in March from all the usual retailers including Amazon and HMV. Check back for more info soon!
The Milk Men will be playing an all day rock and blues fundraiser for the MacMillan Cancer Support Charity on January 20th in Nantwich. The concert, called Cancer On The Rocks, will feature some of the UK's finest live bands in eluding NWOBHM legends House of X, Weapon UK and the Big Wolf Band. The concert will be held at Nantwich Civic Hall, Cheshire, and doors will open at 11.30.
To get your discounted early bird tickets visit www.seetickets.com/tour/cancer-on-the-rocks A limited number of tickets will be available on the door on the day.
The Milk Men Bringing Full Phat Blues To Your House. This debut album produced by guitarist Adam Norsworthy is rich and creamy blues. Adam taking time out of driving wild horses with The Mustangs is now on a milk float with talented musicians. The Milkmen are Adam joined by Jamie Smy, vocals, Mike Roberts on drums and the son of Mick Green, Lloyd on Bass. This is no pedestrian milk float that The Milk Men are in charge of it is fully charged electric with a British fill as they deliver Full Phat Blues.
This debut is full of originals written by Adam or Jamie & Adam together. With a couple of tasteful covers, No Particular Place To Go, by Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson’s Dust My Broom and The Score by David Amy.
Opening with Make Mine A Double Adam’s smooth guitar hooks and builds up the tempo and then the vocals. Gruff full of swagger and attitude The Milk Men from the off are bringing a distinctive sound. Fresh and modern yet full of retro pizazz as they hark back to the gold top times of British R n’ B. This is a collision of Wild Horses of the open sea and land as Mustangs collide with Pirates.
The album walks you at a fast pace from the days of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates up the escalator to Dr Feelgood grooves then throwing in a heavy sound of rocking blues shaping the lyrical melodies around Rod Stewart. The Milk Men having absorbed the flavours shake the riffs, grooves and lyrics together creating Full Phat heavy blues with a twang of modernity, whilst never falling far from the rooted certainty of British interpretation of electric blues.
This is an album that makes you feel good, foot-stomping smiling with delight as those hands demand to be clapped. This is personified by Real Good Lookin and is returned to throughout the dozen tracks. Get down a groove with a funky hip-swaying milkshake on a Pocketful of Pennies. What does stand out is the smooth interaction between vocals and instruments. The guitar playing is sharp and the flow is balanced. No overlong self-indulgent solos this is a band playing music to be enjoyed.
The highlight of this smooth and tasty album is In The City. Sharp guitar opening syncopated and controlled, allowing Jamie’s vocals to power off the energy from Adam and the boys. As the album closes Dust My Broom reminds us of the heritage that the band is drawing from as we have an energised version leading into Wicked Lies to close the debut album. Slowing the tempo, changing the texture of sound we are left waiting to hear more music from The Milk Men.
8/10 Liz Aiken, Bluesdoodles.com
The Milk Men's debut album FULL PHAT is to be re-released worldwide on October 13th. The critically-acclaimed mix of original blues rock and classic covers will be available on Amazon and through all major retailers.
The band has joined forces with fledgling record label Skyfire in a move that will also see the band's next album distributed to online retailers.
Check back soon for more updates on FULL PHAT'S re-release.
The Milk Men is a new band on the blues scene made up from the cream of British R&B talent. Bringing together members of the legendary Pirates, and British Blues Award-nominated The Mustangs. The band consists of former Pirate Mike Roberts on drums, Lloyd Green (son of Pirate legend Mick Green) on bass guitar, throaty blues singer Jamie Smy on vocals, the band is rounded off on guitar by Adam Norsworthy, singer and guitarist in the Mustangs. So, what should you expect to hear? Well, not just straight forward Blues. Think early ZZ Top meets AC/DC in their ‘bluesiest’ moments delivered with a Dr. Feelgood intensity, some 60’s Rock & Roll stylings and you have some idea. The question is especially in these days when the musical ‘pinta’ is increasingly failing to reach your doorstep do the Milk Men Deliver?
The album opens with ‘Make Mine A Double’ which is pure power R&B with a distinct 60’s vibe. The unique visceral growl of Jamie Smy’s vocals hits home with the power of a deftly wheeled sledgehammer as the rest of the band rip through the track with equal ferocity giving the whole piece of work a live one take feel. Next up is a track I’ve heard played a number of times on Firebrand and elsewhere the real ear-worm that is ‘She Don’t Like Rock and Roll’. I can only say if this one doesn’t get at least your foot tapping you most likely don’t have a pulse anyway. It is a modern twist on 60’s rock & roll built on the solid foundation of the tight and punchy rhythm playing of Roberts and Green. Add to that a fine piece of guitar boogie from Norsworthy to make a mix that hits the spot. ‘Real Good Looking’ is a tongue in cheek telling of a loss of a girl to a more handsome rival. Once again, it’s delivered with a freshness and zest that’s infectious right from the fine guitar intro. Smy is channeling deep soulful notes from Satchmo taking off some of his rough edges for the moment to give a smoother flavour. Next up ‘She’s Coming Home’ has an almost Mersey Beat feel and at times brings to mind Eric Burdon and The Animals especially in the vocal. This song is seriously easy on the ear, its simplicity is addictive. This album mixes original compositions with a few well-chosen covers. The cover of the May 1964 release on Chess Records by Chuck Berry ‘No Particular Place To Go’ is a prime example of this. The so solid rhythm section literally nails it and Norsworthy has a field day on guitar making it a must see and hear when the band do it live. The bands down and dirty version of the Robert Cray classic ‘The Score’ is also a joy from start to finish. The production captures the live feel so well close your eyes and you think the band are right in front of you. Contrast that with ‘In The City’ which sounds so much like a song that somehow slipped off an early Moody/Marsden Whitesnake album with Norsworthy proving the old adage you only need one lead guitar if that lead is good enough. ‘Bury The Gun’ continues in the same manner slowing a little maybe with some fine vocal harmonies interlaced and showcases so solid blocked and chunky riffage from the guitar. ‘Dust My Broom” is the band’s reworking of the Elmore James classic and is a fine piece of work. The album draws to a satisfying conclusion with the sultry and soulful ‘Wicked Lies’. Smy dials up the smoothness once again and the vocal is like pouring syrup, it’s seamless. The guitar solo has a deft touch I haven’t heard since the late maestro Gary Moore passed and is one of my highlights of this excellent debut.
To answer my original question. Yes, The Milk Men deliver in spades. Nothing with them is semi-skimmed it’s all ‘Full Phat’ and ‘Gold Top’ which, I believe, is going to be the title of their next album so place your note in the empties early to ensure delivery.
Rating: 9/10 Record Label: Raging Horse Records.
Release date: Available Now!
Highlight tracks: ‘In The City’/’Wicked Lies’
Words by Rob Birtley
Adam Norsworthy, front man of British blues rock outfit The Mustangs, has managed to go from moments of the sublime to the ridiculously fun on his two non-Mustang releases of 2016.
With Rainbird, singer and guitarist Norsworthy produced his best solo work to date; it’s a highly accomplished, truly genre-less and at times quite striking singer songwriter album that delivers reflection, melancholy, storytelling, uplifting melodies and up-beat rhythms in equal measure.
By contrast Full Phat, the debut album from The Milk Men, is a British rhythm 'n' blues get-together featuring Norsworthy, ex Pirate drummer Mike Roberts, bassist Lloyd Green (son of late Pirate legend Mick Green) and singer Jamie Smy.
The results are a Dr. Feelgood styled outing for a collection of original numbers with the added bonus of a faithful to the original (well if it ain’t broke) cover of Chuck Berry’s 'No Particular Place to Go' and a short 'n' sharp dressed take on Robert Johnson’s 'Dust My Broom' (featuring blues harp from guest player Gareth Huggett).
On Full Phat lead vocals are taken by Jamie Smy; Adam Norsworthy provides backing vocals and lets his guitar do most of his talking.
Smy’s gravelly blues chords are a perfect fit for the material, whether on the slow rhythm 'n' big blues of 'The Score' (written by David Amy) or the opening up-tempo brace 'Make Mine a Double' (guitar and bass fittingly doubling up on the riff that fuels the song) and the throw-a-way but impossible not to love/ join in 'She Don’t Like Rock ‘N’ Roll.'
That opening one-two set the tone of Full Phat but the album isn’t without its change-ups.
The melodic pop thread that runs through both 'Pocketful of Pennies' (Robert Cray in AOR blues mode) and 'She’s Coming Home' (led by a great 'Pretty Woman' styled riff) adds a different shade of blues while time-to-say-goodbye song 'Wicked Lies' is the perfect slow melodic blues closer.
At the album’s core however are four friends and like-minded musicians simply having fun with old school rock ‘n’ roll R&B, which means The Milk Men were always going to produce an album that was worth a listen (with material that will go down well at various UK Blues festivals) but by its very nature should also fall in to the category of a non-essential purchase.
Which would have been the case if not for the fact the combined talents of Messrs Norsworthy, Roberts, Green and Smy, along with the quality of the very British R&B songwriting (with a dash of bluesified variation to broaden the sound) have conspired to deliver not just a dozen song-bottles of Full Phat to your door but a product with a fair old helping of cream on top.
The only thing in my ears recently has been The Milk Men and their debut album Full Phat. To say I'm impressed is an understatement. (As is that I am sad not tostill be rocking out with them)
Firstly the production is great, everything is perfectly balanced and well thought out without losing the epic live feel that is trademark Milk Men.
Jamie's voice could cut through concrete, Mike and Lloyd make an awesome engine room and Adam's guitars are like pure honey in the ear. Oh and they got some awesome chap to play blues harp on the Elmore James classic 'Dust My Broom'.
If you like great music, get onto their page and order yourself a copy.
From the power R&B of opening tracks 'Make Mine a Double' and personal favourite 'She Don't Like Rock n Roll', the smokey 'Is All My Love In Vain?' and filthy cover of Robert Cray's 'The Score' in the middle; the dirty riff-tasticness of 'Bury the Gun' and 'Broom' to the sultry blues of final track 'Wicked Lies' it's proof that proper music with soul and skill is still being made. I'm glad to hear my boys have produced a blinder.
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