Review: Milk Teeth – ‘Vile Child’

Announcing you’re parting ways with a founding member and frontman just three weeks before the release of their debut album is a move that would place any band’s future on uncertain grounds. But Milk Teeth aren’t just any band.

Vile Child is living proof of that. Taking their raw sound to visceral heights, Milk Teeth are fast gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting acts in the country – and it’s easy to see why. From the raucous and unrestrained through the shiver-inducingly intimate, the Stroud outfit are making more than just a statement of intent: what they’ve created is a portrait of who they are, and it’s one that’s taking the world by storm.

“I’ve moved in a new direction, you ain’t gonna stand in my way” Becky Blomfield shouts on “Burger Drop”, in what’s as close to a mission statement as you’ll find. With their debut album, Milk Teeth are pouring out everything they know. Incorporating a range of styles and a wide scope of influences, the record is far from seamless. Mixed up, confused, and subject to jarring change, Vile Child rages with as real a character as anyone who hears it.

Brawling hope against hesitation in “Brain Food”, and bearing their soul in “Kabuki”, the band have forged a sound so real it almost seems you can reach out and grasp it. Whether it’s the shambolic punk of “Get A Clue” and “Cut You Up”, the contagiously chorused grunge of “Driveway Birthday” and “Crows Feet”, or the lingering swoons of “Swear Jar (Again)” that appeals, Milk Teeth have mastered it all.

Powered by a stark honesty and an unfailing drive to be and achieve, Vile Child kicks and screams it’s way through the system. Brutal in some places and heart-rending in others, Milk Teeth’s debut resonates through compelling emotions and ever-changing stylings.

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