Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Milk Carton Kids - St Kilda MeMo, 8 June 2013

A friend recommended this band to me a while back as someone to see this tour, because they're a band on the rise. Having seen them at the tiny (but very civilised) St Kilda MeMo I can't imagine I'll have the chance to see them at a similarly intimate venue again - these guys are incredibly good. Their music is very reminiscent of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, right down to Kenneth Pattengale being an acoustic guitar virtuoso to match the great Rawlings. Vocally, they are often compared to early Simon and Garfunkel, although I tend to like them more the less that comparison is valid. To add to all that, the two have an incredibly funny banter that they keep up throughout the show.

Recording these quiet shows is always a challenge, this one ends up being pretty good, but I still needed to remove some static from the songs, which effects the quality of them. For anyone that isn't familiar with them, it might be better off to start with their first two albums which are available for free from their website (I put up a link a while back, just click on the Milk Carton Kids label to this post to find it).

Hope of a Lifetime
The Ash & Clay
Honey, Honey
Years Gone By
Maybe It's Time
Girls Gather Round
Snake Eyes
I Still Want a Little More



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