When I interview musicians, I like to ask them how they came to love music and how their band formed. The origins of why an individual fell in love with music or picked up an instrument differs but for the most part, bands start because friends want to hang out and have fun. I have not asked Edmonton duo w e i r d m i l k i c o n i c why they started playing together but just from the sounds of their fun new EP, I’m going to assume that they too wanted to hang out and have fun.
m i l k (demo) is an all instrumental 3 track EP that is as sweet and tangy as chocolate milk a few days past its expiration date. E.M.B. Howard (drums) and Simone A. Medina Polo (guitar) sound like they are looking at each other while playing, grinning the whole time. There’s a playfulness involved in these songs, a looseness but not a sloppiness. The band describe their sound as “emo-indie” which is fitting as it does sound like the backing instrumentals for an emo-revival band except that w e i r d m i l k i c o n i c have left room for us to insert our own individual emotional experiences or, better yet, feel your feelings with these three songs playing in the background.
Ride public transit to your crush’s house with “Softshoegayze” – the loudening drums match the beat of your heart as you get closer to your destination. “it is not song 2, song 2 sucked so we scrapped it and made this instead” (good song title!) is for post-date elation and for dancing in time to Howard’s rambunctious drumming. “The Light’s Burning Out and I’d Rather Watch it Flicker than get a New Bulb” is for darker days when the world seems against you but then your friend texts you to ask if you want to hang out and everything feels okay.
Drink up, m i l k (demo) is good for your bones.
Top Track: “The Light’s Burning Out and I’d Rather Watch it Flicker than get a New Bulb”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)