Released 26 August 2016 on Howling Owl Records
It’s taken a while, but Bristol’s Milo’s Planes is getting that bit closer to its big break. If it’s all about being in the right place at the right time, there’s no better place in Bristol to plant your faith than in the spindly fingers of Howling Owl Records. The label, which celebrated its fifth anniversary recently, has thrust Bristol bands such as Spectres, Oliver Wilde, and Velcro Hooks into the ears of a far wider audience.
Milo’s Planes may be the newest kid on the block, but its been pushing their rambunctious clatter for a number of years already. Formed by brothers Joe and Harry Sherrin, they are evidence that young men in a bedroom can produce more than just a sock full of cum. 2015’s debut album Aural Palate Cleaning Exercises was a bristling, scuzzy stomp through a collection of no-frills, lo-fi punk. The addition of bass player Charlie Horne has done more than just add a density to the sound.
Horne’s addition, as well as solidifying a raw live sound, has added an opportunity to experiment with the formula, and has led to Milo’s Planes leaving the bedroom and taking their sound into the studio for the first time. The songs on Delivering Business Success border on the (relatively) epic; coming in at a mammoth average, across the album, of nearly three minutes. Where Aural Palate was short and sharp; Delivering Business Success is more thoughtful and instant.
Ghosts opens with a riff heavy, drum splattering froth, which tumbles more than Justin Fletcher zorbing. Routines immediately suggests the band’s growing versatility; offering a less soiled and more composed slice of merriment. New Tricks is a belligerent little sod; embracing pop sensibilities before bastardising it with squeals of distortion and muffled vocals.
Comparisons to its peers, specifically Fugazi and Wire, are tempting, although, with tracks such as Ladders and Stampede, Milo’s Planes show that there’s no fear of deviation. The latter forms a marriage between furious maths-rock fingering and battering garage-rock. Locks is a messier frolic with a proper chorus and everything. It’s the closest Milo’s Planes get to pop punk, whereas live favourite Chandelier provides the yang; a darker, melodic orgy driven by fuzzy bass and penetrative wails of noise. Your Hold is a satanic call and response between the devil on one shoulder and Beelzebub on the other, before quivering guitars threaten to burst through.
But it’s the forty-seven second Interlude, which takes the smaller fragments to meld a soothing tapestry of sound, and reminds you to look under all the distorted vocals and frenetic drumming. Because under there lurks something quite special.
Artist: Milo's Planes
Label: Howling Owl
Bristol DIY noiseniks, Milo’s Planes, find a new roost and a fresh sound, as they break-out from beyond the bedroom for the first time.