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Angry music by friendly boys; 'The Bisons of Bristol'
By Steffen Armstrong
I asked Milo's Planes how they'd describe themselves. The above statement was the answer, and by all means I agree. Wow, you couldn't ask for a nicer (more sarcastic) bunch to interview and then I cast my mind back to the first track I heard from the Milo's Planes EP released earlier this month and I think "fuck that's a lot of angry noise". It's brilliant to hear, and in many cases sounds even better than the bands they are trying to emulate. By this, I'm referring to Movement, the title track of the EP and a cover of LCD Soundsystem's. But just as Buckley outdid Cohen or Hendrix outdid Dylan, Milo's Plans have taken a track they love and respect, and turned it into something better.
"We’re all big fans of the band and had been playing around with it at practice, we’d played it live a couple of times too and knew it’d sound massive...the timing of the release couldn't have been better, with their recent reformation and we’d like to take full responsibility for it".
They're probably right! It's simple, really. What the original lacked in thrashy-ness, the cover makes up for in raw energy and anger. Listen to the angry vocals of the Sherrin brothers which drive the song to a crazy climatic end. At times a little Arctic Monkeys, it's a top effort. But thankfully it doesn't stop there, for the EP continues with two more top tunes which further intrigue the now tinnitus ridden lugs of the listener.
"We’re extremely strong and powerful men, if anything we’re too powerful; we’re actually known as 'The Bisons of Bristol'. Besides the cover the EP is made up of two poppier B-Sides, which gives an idea of what to expect from the second album; a lot heavier and 'rock' than the first but also melodic with a pop element".
So there's a more gentle side to 'The Bisons of Bristol' after all eh? Well if that's possible, it's only really represented in the second track on the EP Paid Spectator. There we discover some melody and some Cribs guitar riffs. It's indeed melodic, energetic, catchy, but that same old thrash energy spills out not after too long. The same goes for the final track Wasted Time, and again, it's nothing to complain about, but to champion. It's a band representing their natural live sound on tape, and instead of hiding it behind effects and mellowed pop hints, they've celebrated it loud and proud, and so should you...
"Being a band with an extremely short attention span and too many new songs to deal with we like to play as much new stuff as we can. You can expect to hear lots of stuff from the new album, which is loads riffier and dynamic; you’ll probably get to hear Joe tune quite a lot and see Charlie power stance in impossibly tight trousers too".
Milo's Planes have got a busy year ahead of them. They've got another cover coming out in the near future before the self-release of the next EP at the end of March (which we are told will contain two brand new tracks from the second album Delivering Business Success! out via Howling Owl records, as well as some B-sides and Lo-Fi demos). Throw a tour into the mix and it's safe to say 'The Bison's Of Bristol' are well on their way to big things...