Referred to by some as punk folk and twee skiffle, they’re considered witty, satirical, and both irritating and utterly enjoyable, Newcastle Upon Tyne based cult indie-pop heroes Milky Wimpshake have released numerous singles and compilation tracks on assorted indie labels since forming in 1993.
This is their first album since 2015, first one for the Spanish label Bobo Integral. ‘Confessions Of An English Marxist’ will provide the usual brilliant lyrics, full of references to pop culture, class struggle, and love, plus infectious indie punk tunes.
Milky Wimpshake began their under-the-radar run in the early '90s to investigate daydreamy sentiments and D.I.Y. takes on sociopolitical protest songs. Working at an extremely relaxed pace, Milky Wimpshake's discography exists in piecemeal compilation appearances, long out of print 7" singles, and a scant seven albums stretched out over the course of more than 25 years.
‘Confessions Of An English Marxist’ is one of their best albums to date, these are songs that say more about today’s world than most of the written media. Fuck art, let’s danse!
Welcome back, Milky Wimpshake!
released October 16, 2020
A slow birth! At least one song on this album was written when ‘Dave’ Cameron (remember him?) was prime minister, hence a nod to bestiality on one track. Oh yeah, and then bloody Brexit happened, blimey, that didn’t escape anyone’s attention did it? And now this album finalised at a time of global pandemic, ha! This predicament meant that a working title of ‘The Wimps are Alright’ had to be abandoned (possibly to be revived later). There’s a few confessions on this album, but not enough confessions of guilt perhaps – I’ll get there. In the meantime, a thank you list where it’s hard to know who to thank first.
Special thanks to Jo Dale for putting up with Pete for so long. Also to Mark Jaspar, for knob twiddling and mic placement and so forth: grand job, sir. Massive thanks to Gonzalo and Bobo Integral for stepping in and issuing the album. Big love to J.T. Soar and the groovy big café nearby (cauld mind). Pete would like to thank Emily Timm and Nick Romy for playing bass and drums with a scratch version of Milky Wimpshake in 2017 (and hello/thanks to all the awesome people I met/crashed with, e.g. Eric and Charlie and Rick Vdot and and and). Massive thanks to Mike Walsh and Jake ‘the Cougar’ Morgan for playing with us for loads of gigs between 2015 and now. Grazie mille to Giovanni Sgarbi from Hey Man! Booking in Italy – it was a disaster, but not your fault friend! Thanks to Jimmy ‘the wheels on the bus’ Cleveland for driving skills and interesting all-night surprises. Thanks to Brian Atkinson and Danielle McAloon for their artwork. Hello to all friends in the North East of England, and to folk in Stoke and Manchester and so forth – Sheffield! Always hi to Bilge Pump, always thanks to everyone who put on a gig or gave us crash space, always love to all the lovers not fighters x
Pete Dale: Vocals, Guitar, Songwriting, bit of other stuff e.g. clapping
Christine Rowe: Bass
Emma Wigham: Drums
Rachel Kenedy (Flowers): Guest vocals on 'Capitalism Is A Perversion' and 'I Don't Wanna Go There'.
Adam Fairhall: Guest keys on ‘Leicester Square (You Stopped My Time)’ and ‘King of Clubs’
Mark Jaspar: Production, do you call it? Benign influencer, anyhow.
Tracking of instruments done at J.T. Soar in Nottingham in January 2019. Tracking of vocals and extra guitar bits and that done at Mytholmroyd chez Emma and Mark in early-to-mid 2019 – many thanks for vegan sausage sandwiches!
Front cover design by Danielle McAloon. Photographs: Pete by Stevil Minta; Christine by Jo Dale; Emma by James Eddleston.
"I Just Can't Escape From Myself" is loosely inspired by "Can't Get Away" by Chain and the Gang - all hail the Svenonius!
Milky Wimpshake formed in Newcastle on Tyne in 1993, gigging every year since then. Long-term bassist Christine Rowe and
vocalist/songwriter Pete Dale are
currently augmented by drummer Emma Wigham (Witching Waves). Milky Wimpshake have had several guest female vocalists over the years, including Amelia Fletcher, Sophie Evans (Life Model) and, most recently, Rachel Kennedy of Flowers....more
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