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Milkshed. Unleashes Debut EP ‘Mud’: A Fresh Take on Grunge Rock

  • April 9, 2024
  • 2 min read
Milkshed. Unleashes Debut EP ‘Mud’: A Fresh Take on Grunge Rock

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Riding the wave of their hit debut single “Apex Predator,” along with fan favorites “Burning Bridges” and “Mud,” the emerging alt-rock trio milkshed. is poised to unveil their eagerly awaited debut EP, “Mud,” on April 24, 2024.

Nestled in a repurposed milk parlor in Southwest England, Cam Gallaher, Jake Tulley, and Alf Grey have meticulously crafted their distinctive sound for this EP. Their fusion of ’90s grunge and garage rock with a pop flair echoes influences like Nirvana, Pixies, and Queens of the Stone Age, yet milkshed. delivers a novel spin on contemporary guitar music.

“Mud” explores themes of embracing change, confronting life’s realities, and dealing with feelings of helplessness, blending milkshed.’s unrefined vigor with reflective lyrics to forge a uniquely gritty grunge-rock vibe. Their breakout track “Apex Predator” caught the ear of Grammy-winning producer/mixer Adrian Bushby (known for his work with Foo Fighters), leading to his collaboration on the EP’s completion.

Reflecting on their work with Bushby, the band shared, “Adrian, having collaborated with icons like Foo Fighters, brings an incredible focus and efficiency to his work. It pushed us out of our comfort zone since we had to be more decisive than when we self-produced our initial tracks. It was a steep learning curve, but we’re thankful for the experience.”

Frontman Cam Gallaher delves into introspection with “Fairweather Friend,” the EP’s lead track, a garage rock anthem about facing the end of relationships, underscored by raw vocals and dynamic drums. “’Fairweather Friend’ addresses the realization that some friendships are circumstantial and lack the substance to endure. It was essentially drummer Alf Grey’s trial by fire, transforming from a demo to the final product with minimal changes, thanks to Adrian Bushby’s refined production,” Cam explains.

In addition to the EP release, milkshed. is set to co-headline a show with The Répertoire at Camden Assembly on April 20th and will share their War Child Rising live session. Fans have the chance to snag exclusive band memorabilia, including handwritten lyrics and signed setlists, with all proceeds supporting War Child’s mission to safeguard war-affected children.

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