Starting out as a teenage duo, front woman Milly Tabak and lead guitarist Liam Pratt toured the country as The Miltones, gaining friends in far away places and sharing their earlier material such as the memorable Gypsy Queen and the more recent single Black Dahlia, which served as the duo’s debut single in 2014.
In the band’s true down to earth spirit, Milly has hosted Miltones gigs in a paddock at The Tabak family farm, which draws over 200 paying guests to the rural outskirts of Auckland, where the band performs inside a purpose built venue. The band has also shared the stage with supported singer-songwriter, Jamie Lawson, and toured with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band on their last visit to New Zealand, as well as shared stages with local musician friends, The Beths, Sal and the Babyshakes, The Leers and Miloux.
Milly reflected on the long road to get to this point, “Imagination has always walked my mind to endless possibilities. One of these was recording an album, touring the country, meeting new people and sharing a love of music. I am incredibly excited, nervous and ecstatic to share what has been something I have kept close to my soul and soared in my mind’s eye , since I was 14”.
Accomplished Lyttleton producer Ben Edwards (Nadia Reid, Tami Nielson, Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams), has just produced a self-titled debut album for The Miltones that reveals the band’s rich love for 70’s American rock with influences from The Boss to Fleetwood Mac, The Miltones are making themselves known through the fuzz guitar and exquisite melody lines. Becoming champions in their own right, armed by their unique sound with a bold, youthful, raw energy and a dark country, 70's rock, blues edge.
Now they’re hitting the road around New Zealand in support of their debut album. Some shows will be with the full band including the amazing talents of Guy Harrison on keys (Hollie Smith), Chris Marshall on bass (Miss June) and Tom Broome on drums (Esther Stephen & The Means, Hollie Smith) and *the trio shows will be Milly, Liam and Guy.
In whatever formation they appear, they create an infectious fiery energy on stage in a knee slappin’, foot stompin’, booty shakin’ kinda way.
16th June: Leigh Sawmill Cafe -Leigh (R18)
17th June: Old Stone Butter Factory - Whangarei (R18)
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Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
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They immediately sold out Sydney and Melbourne dates earlier this year, and now LCD Soundsystem are returning to Australia and New Zealand for their biggest headline shows ever this summer – touring February 2018!