meet the miltones
The razor-sharp bluesy and bayou folk-frenzy sounds of Auckland quintet The Miltones has been sending ripples through New Zealand since their inception as a duo in 2014. Frontwoman Milly Tabak’s fiery enthusiasm not only captures audiences admiration, but also the industry’s. After featuring at the GoingGlobal showcase influencers such as Secretly Canadian’s founder Ben Swanson left applauding her engaging energy and as a converted Miltones supporter.
Since having opened for Jamie Lawson and The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band in 2016 the band has continued to hit many milestones. Last year saw the release of their self-titled debut album that the New Zealand Listener awarded 4.5/5 and the NZ Herald dubbed: “the freshest sound in New Zealand popular music right now”. Also, July 22nd marked the completion of their first nation wide tour, which resulted in up-sizing venues to accommodate ticket sales and a sold-out show at the Tuning Fork.
The Miltones' take crowds on a hypnotic day-dream like journey, full of bluesy thrills and haunting ballads that drip with soul. Crowds walk away smiling, knowing they've taken part in something special. A perfect dream weave of Kiwi Americana booked The Miltones a festival slot for WOMAD 2018 and an Australian expanse is planned in the near future - starting by opening for the Teskey Brother's two sold out New Zealand gigs this month.
The band consists of Milly Tabak, vocals and guitar, Liam Pratt, guitar, Guy Harrison on keys (Hollie Smith), Chris Marshall on bass (Miss June) and Tom Broome on drums (Esther Stephen & The Means, Hollie Smith).
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“Attending #TheMiltones album launch gig at Golden Dawn is turning out to be very smart decision #crazyorgan” - Russell Baillie tweet, Books & Culture Editor at The NZ Listener
“This is a band that clearly thrives on playing live, and they do it damn well. Their enthusiasm and joy is infectious, sweeping over the crowd as smoothly as their sweet, soulful sounds. This was hands down the most enthusiastic crowd I have seen to date at The Tuning Fork...If there is one band that should feature on your ‘must see’ list, it is The Miltones – they are certainly destined for great things!” - Ambient Light Bridget Herlihy 22 July
“This is a woman who isn’t afraid to take charge of the stage and keep the audience engaged and a lot of fellow Kiwi musicians would be wise to check out her stage persona and adjust accordingly...An hour and ten minutes after it started it was all over, but the energy was still in the room, with fans buzzing, eager to crowd around the merch table and hang with the band. The evening was pure joy from beginning to end.” Marty Duda, 13th Floor, 23 July
"They've emerged fully formed as a confident band with a strong, idiosyncratic style and a lead guitar and vocalist that make them the match for anyone releasing Americana music in New Zealand." - 4.5/5 James Belfield, New Zealand Listener
“The freshest sound in New Zealand popular music right now… [their] debut album is a modern classic” - 5/5 Kim Gillespie, New Zealand Herald
“For everyone’s sake, turn this one up. Allow the power of the earthy blues to run through you.” - Emma Lumbus, The 13th Floor
Graham Reid says, “...it would be surprising if they don't make a massive impression.” - Elsewhere
"The hypnotic and shivering howls of Gypsy Queen, whirling fantasy of The Wanderer, and knee-slapping bluegrassian Dancing With The Dead, The Miltones is a nuanced journey teeming with life and love.” - Heart and Noise blog
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