Milktooth played Bottom of the Hill. Mon 2/18/02
Tight rhythms with smoky female vocals. Formed in 1998 by guitarist/vocalist Josh Chase and bassist/vocalist Rebecca Hill, rock band Milktooth started creating the basis of the group's aggressive, metallic, and ethereal sound inside a cramped warehouse space in San Francisco's SOMA district. In April 2000, Milktooth had a lineup change and met drummer Kevin Sanders through a local music posting. Sanders added a straight forward rhythm style and helped the band tighten its growing repertoire of songs. The band then grew to a four-piece in January 2001 with the addition of guitarist James Bridges and began work on the band's first seven-song EP. Milktooth self-released the EP in August 2001 with plans for a West Coast tour in early 2002. The album showcases the band's personal musical influences (Soundgarden, Radiohead, Swans) and establishes the group's originality within the music community.
Milktooths EP offering is warm and comforting, and I cannot quite figure out why. It could be the familiarity of Rebecca Hills voice to a band I have seen in the past, though I dont even remember who they were. What I do know is that I dig her vocals, and I think they are a powerful element of the music.
The overall tone of this EP leans heavily to the more aggressive side of the musical spectrum. There is nothing terribly different going on here, but it is all put together well enough to produce a welcome change to monotony that exists in much music these days especially with bands that claim to be heavy or loud rock bands. Sometimes, and in Milktooths case, a progression of fantastic bass lines goes a long way. These are brought to us courtesy of Rebecca Hill. Milktooths other members are Josh Chase (vocals/guitar) and Kevin Sanders (drums).
The press kit for Californias Milktooth reads, Milktooths style continues to evolve, from dramatically moody to experimentally raw. I would certainly agree that their music is dramatically moody and it works for them. Experimentally raw is a stretch though, as there doesnt seem to be much experimentation going on here, unless they are referring to their own experimentation during recording or maybe those synth sounds that pop up on several of the tracks. The one drawback to this recording is the quality of the recording itself. These guys could benefit from a good studio session.
When Milktooth get around to producing a better recorded album, I would check it out. In the meantime, if you are in the Los Angeles area, catch them live if you get the chance.