As you know, local trio The Milkman’s Union are playing our HillyTown Presents show this weekend. The band has been hyperactive lately, unveiling a new EP and temporarily streaming a single (with guest appearance by Lady Lamb The Beekeeper) for fans in the past weeks. Here’s another treat from the band: a HillyTown exclusive video, plus an in-depth interview, because we just can’t get enough.
Interview by Matt Dodge. Photo and video by Bryan Bruchman.
The Milkmanâ€™s Union on post-college ennui, amp dreams and Sufjan Stevenâ€™s step-dad
Local indie rockers The Milkmanâ€™s Union have earned their place in the Portland musical landscape since moving to town last September.
Beginning as the high school musical endeavor of Burlington, VT frontman Henry Jamison, the project migrated with Jamison to Bowdoin College in Brunswick where he met drummer Peter McLaughlin and bassist Sean Weathersby. Since the band graduated and moved to Portland, Bates College alum Alex Hernandez has replaced Sean Weathersby on bass.
Boasting a high school prodigy as a guitarist, two audio engineers on bass and drums and a background in booking big name shows (did Kevin Drew belittle you at Broken Social Sceneâ€™s 2008 show at Bowdoin? Blame McLaughlin for booking the condescending Canadians) The Milkmanâ€™s Union seems poised for success following their breakthrough debut album â€œRoads Inâ€.
Based in Jamison singer-songwriting style with influences of garage and post rock creeping in around the edges, The Milkmanâ€™s Union can play a soft, folksy act one night, and keep pace with Portlandâ€™s indie rock acts the next.
The act has opened up for national touring acts like Deerhunter, Santigold, Ben Kweller and The Morning Benders, and will play the HillyTown Presents: Milagres + The Milkman’s Union + Husband & Wife at One Longfellow Square this Saturday, April 23rd. Purchase advance tickets here.
How did you get your start?
Henry Jamison: â€œIt started it in high school when i was 16. I released two albums and got like, moderate buzz going in Burlington. Then i went to Bowdoin [College] and lost my ambition for a few months. Then Peter came along with this bass player (who is now a private investigator in Washington D.C.) and they kind of helped me get going again. Continue reading The Milkman’s Union Interview + Exclusive Video