Sheffield indie outfit, Milburn, is set to return to the North East this month as they play Riverside, Newcastle so Reece Hanrahan caught up with the band to talk about their initial split, their reunion shows, and growing up.
What made you feel, originally, that the band had run its course? And what were your feelings surrounding the initial break up?
We were very young when the band first split (between 20-22). Looking back, I think we just became frustrated that we weren’t achieving more and getting the recognition we deserved – there was a bit of a ‘what’s the point?’ question mark hanging over the band. If we were a little older at the time then we may have just disappeared for a couple of years to clear our heads and get perspective.
How did you get back together? And what was it that made you feel that the band had something to offer again to the current music scene?
Getting back together was accidental. We all met up to play at an old friend’s birthday and decided to do a couple of reunion gigs. At that point it was definitely not a comeback – that was something that developed over time as we toured the country and were amazed at how many people still cared about the band. I suppose we did feel that we had something to offer in the current music scene. It feels like guitar music is coming back around.
How did it feel to be back on stage together again for the initial reunion shows?
It was quite strange at first but we ended up doing four nights at the Academy in Sheffield and by the last two, I think we all started to relax and enjoy ourselves.
How did you feel about your debut album, ‘Well, Well, Well’, after you had ten years to reflect on its legacy?
I think I speak on behalf of the band when I say that we didn’t spend much time reflecting on ‘Well Well Well’. It seems a lifetime away and we’ve all moved on musically. The ten year comeback was more for the fans that were still there and all those young ‘uns that missed us the first time.
What do you feel is next for Milburn in the coming years?
Going by the last decade, I have absolutely no idea. We hope our third record, ‘TIME’, gets a bit of recognition and goes down well with the faithful. We’re going to try and get on a few festivals next summer and after that we’ll probably take a break and reflect on what we’ve accomplished.
What has been your favourite gig so far since reforming in 2016?
The pinnacle of the whole comeback came last summer when we headlined and curated our own day festival at Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield. The atmosphere was incredible. If it all ended again tomorrow I’d be satisfied.
And finally, do you approach anything different with age? And do you feel time and experience has been a blessing?
We’re all a bit more relaxed these days because the band is not the be all and end all anymore. We’ve got houses, kids and other general grown up to stuff to worry about. That makes the whole process of writing and making music a little easier.
Milburn play Riverside, Newcastle on Saturday 18th November. Tickets, priced at £20.00 in advance, are available from riversidenewcastle.co.uk. This is a 14+ gig.