Milo’s Planes spread their wings for Locks EP

LocksBristol three piece Milo's Planes must be one of the hardest working bands in the city right now. Their new EP, Locks, comes only half a year or so after the release of the band's debut album, Aural Palate Cleaning Exercises, and only a few months before the release of their second album, Delivering Business Success. Not only this, but in between recordings several of the members have found the time to resurrect a Bristol garage rock favourite in Let's Kill Janice.

Locks is something slightly different from what's been offered in the past, with only three new songs finding their way onto the album. It's more of a showcase for the band, because while their first album was fantastic, it was very loud. Like really loud. So if loud wasn't your thing, there wasn't going to be a huge amount for you there. Locks has remixes and acoustic demos nestled among original numbers, providing something for everyone.

So let's start with the three original songs: "Locks", "Chandeliers" and "Sentiment" are what we've come to expect from the band; short, punchy, jerky tunes that cross the boundaries between post hardcore and punk. "Sentiment" is the track that really stands out, it's clean and intricate guitar lines revealing the thought and skill put into every song, the little "woo!"'s reminding one strongly of Danananakyroyd. The other two tracks are considerably darker, with menacing bass lines and feedback taking over your ears.

It's the remixes that are really interesting. Both were produced by the band themselves and both are very far from the originals. The remix for "Locks", handled by Joe, is turned from the punk noise number it once was into a minimal, groove driven song that wouldn't be out of place on a spy drama. The "Chandeliers" remix is again surprising, with the bass and a heavily reverbed drum kit brought to the fore, sounding like a dark 90s dubplate or even scratchy trip hop vinyl.

While Locks is too light on new songs to really whet your appetite, the material on here shows a different side to the band, one that is willing to experiment. Not  only do they mess with new genres, they do it incredibly well, turning their own songs either on their head, or deconstructing them in acoustic form. A fun EP to get you excited for their album.

Release: 1st April 2016, Howling Owl Records

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