Since they began playing reunion gigs a couple of years ago, there’s been talk that legendary Philly band The Dead Milkmen were working on new material. Now, we know for sure that the talk is real. Philebrity has learned that the Milkmen have just completed tracking 17 new songs for a full-length album to be self-released in the spring. Tentatively entitled The King In Yellow, the album was recorded in two two-day marathon sessions at Buddha Sounds and at Miner Street Studio, here in Philly. Mixes are being completed next month and song titles included are “Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song,” “13th Century Boy,” “She’s Affected,” “Melora Says,” “Solvents for Home and Industry,” “Caitlin Childs” and “Can’t Relax.” After the jump, Milkmen singer Rodney Anonymous gives us some dish on the new album in his own words, and graciously offers suggestions on Philly bands you should be listening to instead of the Dead Milkmen.
Here’s what I can tell you, so far: which is everything I know, plus some
stuff I made up.
1) We have finished recording 17 tracks (basic and overdubs). We
did this in two two-day marathon sessions at Buddha Sounds and at Miner
Street Studio. Please note that this beats the old record of 15 tracks
recorded in four days, previously set by the Partridge Family during the
sessions for their seminal album “Amphetamines & School Buses”. Both Jeff
at Buddha and Brian at Miner Street were very accommodating towards the
band’s “eccentricities” (for example, Dean’s drums are covered with the
skins of those who have wronged him).
2) The new CD (digital download, player-piano roll) is tentatively
titled “The King in Yellow”, although we might go with the alternative
title suggested by our manager’s son: “Jesus Loves You.” That boy has a
bright, albeit twisted, future ahead of him.
3) The cover art is currently unavailable as our lawyer has
informed us that the image we originally intended to use – a Photoshopped
image of Michele Bachmann blowing a Thomson’s gazelle – could quite
possibly lead to “A whole lot of fucking around in court”
4) We’ll be finishing up the final mixes in February and,
hopefully, releasing the CD in either March or April. Then we plan to skip
town for awhile until this whole thing blows over.
5) Musically, the CD sounds pretty much like the movie “Dogtooth”.
Many of the songs, like “Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song”, “13th Century
Boy”, “She’s Affected”, and “Melora Says” have already been played live a
few times. Others, like “Solvents for Home and Industry”, “Caitlin
Childs”, and “Can’t Relax” have never even been practiced; we have no idea
how they got recorded. Still, others like “Dan Haggerty Donkey-Punches the
Wolfman” will never be heard, because they do not exist.
6) We’re hoping that “The King in Yellow” will firmly establish us
as Philly’s premier EGL band, but if you’re sick of us, then why not check
out Live Not On Evil, or Gang, or the Tough Shits, or John Train, or
Reading Rainbow, or Black Landlord, or Baby Flamehead, or Pissed Jeans, or
Total Fucking Destruction, or Jukebox Zeroes, or any one of the hundreds
of bands in the immediate area who are better than us?