Music is the cure for all the shit that goes on in this world. What did Hendrix say “Music is my Religion” I hear ya, not sure if that makes rock ‘n’ roll an Apostle or what , but I can relate to the vibe, Fightmilk is laying down a little on the fuck you mister side of things and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Too much bullshit floating around out there and Fightmilk is doing their best to cut through the crap , anyway cool stuff for our times , the truth wins out in the end and bands like Fightmilk will be heard….
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
Lily: Alex and I had a synchronized quarter-life crisis last spring as we both got dumped and moved back in with our parents at the same time. Everything was so shockingly shit that forming a band seemed the obvious move. Adam and Nick we had to build from scratch with fairly shoddy technology.
Alex: Lily and I have known each other for nearly a decade, which is terrifying. I roped Adam in to play bass when we were both at a club one night. It was the closest I’ve ever come to a drunken hook-up – there’s probably still a message in his inbox somewhere from the morning after sheepishly asking if he’s still interested. I played with Nick in a Radiohead covers set the same summer. During the show, Nick stood up to add drama to the (terrible) keychange in the (terrible) Sulk and he finished the song without missing a beat. No one else was considered.
Nick: I knew Alex from playing bad covers gigs in the past, he introduced me to Lily & Adam and we got drunk and smuggled a heinous amount of McDonalds into the pub.
Alex: Nick, you don’t know it, but that McDonalds saved all of our lives that night.
Adam: Alex did indeed corner me outside a club. I imagine I was sweating profusely, and Alex thought I would provide some much needed lubrication to the rhythm section.
who would you list as your musical influence?
Alex: I’ve always wanted to be able to play like Graham Coxon or Peter Buck, write like Robert Pollard, care like the Manics and drink like Paul Westerberg.
Nick – tricky one, I think we all have a slightly different musical upbringing/influence and we all kind of bring it together. My Dad raised me on bad metal & I think in terms of drumming that’s not been an influence I’ve been able to shake off.
Lily: You Don’t Own Me, by Lesley Gore.
Adam: As with most bands, I think we like to think we have an overlapping yet unique Venn diagram, which is probably bollocks. Personally, British math-pop circa 2009 and the bass solo from You Can Call Me Al.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Lily: Seeing people sing along to our songs at gigs has been a fairly new development but it’s hands down the coolest thing of all time.
Alex: Writing the song “How You Move On” was the first time – in any band I’ve ever been in – where a rehearsal felt like one of those uplifting “hey we can totally do this!” type scenes from those tacky rock biopics I devour whenever possible. It’s still my favourite song of ours.
Nick – We got some airplay on Swedish radio, that was lovely. Also our dear friend Keith TOTP recorded a load of our material and it sounds amazing.
Adam: Recording in the nicest studio I’ve ever seen has only been topped by seeing Nick wear a vest.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
Lily: I want someone to write fan fiction about us.
Nick – It’d be good to get something out there physically and support some bands we like. I’ve never been on tour! I want to tour!
Alex: Getting to play on the same bill with any of the bands who made us want to become a band in the first place would be amazing. Failing that, I’d be happy to write a song half as good as “Our Lips Are Sealed” or “We Got The Beat”. I’ve been listening to The Go-Gos a lot lately.
Adam: I echo Nick’s sentiment of wanting to do An Actual Tour. I also want Nick to wear more vests.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Lily: I’m currently hooked on Purpose by Justin Bieber. And also some cool band you’ve never heard of or something.
Alex: The most recent albums by: Titus Andronicus, Japandroids, Superchunk and Bowie. Currently enjoying the Car Seat Headrest LP a great deal. Also, the only album all four of us can agree on is EMOTION by Carly Rae Jepsen. I’m OK with that.
Nick -Anything Future of the Left have done, Chance The Rapper’s latest is the best thing I’ve heard this year.
Adam: Home Like No Place Is There by The Hotelier, Obsidian by Baths and, as Alex so rightly says, EMOTION. Oh and Art Angels by Grimes is an absolute stonker.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Lily: I really like it – we all share the social media responsibilities so it’s never a pain in the ass, and it’s fun sharing stuff – it’s been how we’ve booked all our gigs and shared all our music.
Nick – Social media is being pretty kind to us & is kind of vital if you want to exist as a band. I don’t think I’ve been on a bands actual website for some time now, and I’m sure I’m not in the minority.
Alex: I get the urge to delete mine every few months, but I live in fear of losing the 10,000+ message thread the four of us use to “organise” our “business” (read: send each other gifs). It’s just a necessary evil where you can amuse yourself and sometimes others. It’s easy enough to tune out the stuff you’re not interested in.
Adam: It definitely is useful, but i’m a lazy and unorganised mess so i’m glad to be in a band with millennials who know what an instagram is. Actually, do we have an instagram? I hope so. I want us to get ripped like Craig David and post photos on a balcony.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
Lily: The only negative comment we’ve had so far was from my Dad, who said we were a bit loud. I’m not convinced that was negative, actually.
Alex: Ask us again when we’ve been reviewed. So far it’s just been nice to have nice people saying nice things at shows. I can deal with that. It’s nice.
Nick: Yeah we’ve not really had enough reviews to ignore them yet. I’ll be sure to obsess over them when we do though.
Adam: I think the worst noises come from my own head and I can’t turn that off. The real world has been too blissfully ignorant of us so far. This is actually our first interview!
Alex: How are we doing?
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Lily: Just a tour of all the Disney parks, really.
Nick: A big, meaty, proper tour of America. I don’t really care about the standard of venue just as long as we don’t play that one in Green Room.
Alex: What Nick said – I’d like to do one of those long soul-destroying van tours across America like British bands used to do in the nineties. Failing that, Sweden could be fun.
Adam: I would like to do a tour of all the motorway-adjacent Little Chefs, if those are still a thing. If not, America.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Lily: It’s pointless and fun. Down with Serious Music made by Serious Musicians.
Alex: Somewhere in middle. It can’t save your soul, but it can make you think you can.
Nick: A bit of both? It can get you out of some pretty dark places, but also be fun & inconsequential.
Adam: Music can’t save your soul but it gets it nice and drunk I guess.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Lily: Nail polish is a scam.
Nick: Hi Mum.
Alex: See all five of you at the next show, yeah? Also, hi Nick’s mum.
Nick: You leave her alone.
Adam: Buy our music so Nick can buy more vests.