Hot Milk have announced yet another massive single from their debut album ‘A CALL TO THE VOID’ set for release 25 August 2023 on Music For Nations.
The track, ‘PARTY ON MY DEATHBED’ fizzes with life but is ultimately powered by a sense of reckless abandon. Shifting upwards through sonic gears to deliver an open-armed and iconoclastic party anthem that pays no attention to the idea of tomorrow, residing firmly and resolutely in the here and now.
A track forged in the fiery debauchery of backstage areas and late-night bars it combines the band’s love for electronic beats, synthesised melodies and hard riffs, resulting in a sound that echoes The Prodigy as much as it does Paramore.
Co-vocalist Han Mee deviously welcomes “lovers of the night, haters of the daylight, come one come all” to unite behind the track that firmly encourages freak flags to fly freely, and invites all listeners to adopt a norm of non-compliance, a dedication to deeds of defiance and to be comfortable in the unconventional. Commenting further on the track, lead singer Han Mee says “We can’t be helped, we just wanna squeeze out every morsel of this life and being a bit of a wreckhead has come hand in hand with the pursuit of fun. Can’t be stopped, don’t wanna be stopped, we’re sorry but we’re not, maybe we’re just lost. Who cares, life’s about connection n getting off the fuckin internet n losing ur mind on the streets of Manny and finding it again on your way home.”
For some, it might feel like a long time coming but Hot Milk always knew that when the time came to make their debut album, they had to be ready for it. It will be their loudest statement yet of who they are and what they stand for, an opportunity to show the world what they are made of.
Tracks on the debut album walk on a tightrope between the humorous and the serious, brimming with what might be called positive nihilism. They’re not so much finding the light in the dark as they are laughing because if they don’t, they’ll cry.
The band have blossomed over the course of three self-produced EPs, this constant stream of releases has meant that Hot Milk were never away from the spotlight – or the stages they call home. Their rise kept accelerating, taking them to stadium support slots with Foo Fighters, the main stages of some of the best festivals Globally, an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel in the US to tours with bands like Pale Waves and their own headline sold-out shows to over 50 million streams of the EPs alone. Crucially, however, they were giving themselves space to find themselves as artists.
The band recorded the album between Manchester, Los Angeles and Stockholm with the bands very own Jim Shaw at the Producing helm for the majority of the record, much like all previous releases. An element that has become so important to the band and allowing them to control just exactly what they want to be as artists.
A CALL TO THE VOID is the English translation of the French phrase l’appel du vide, referring to the brain’s trick of spotting opportunities to die. It’s the eerie jolt that is felt when you stand waiting for a train and the thought that you could jump, and end your life in a heartbeat, intrudes in your head. It’s that brief moment of being reminded of the fragility of existence.
The more alt-pop inspired ‘Bloodstream’, meanwhile, was made for creating moments on the big stages the band have always aspired to reach. The most important thing for the band, however, is that these songs are written to scream from the speakers of the stage, and for their refrains to be screamed back at them by the adoring, tight-knit community they’ve built. “Live is where I’m happiest, live is where it’s home,” says Han. “We wrote songs with the intention of people going off, making you feel good, opening the pit up, letting go, crying, getting on your mate’s shoulders. It’s church for us.”
A CALL TO THE VOID – album tracklisting
WELCOME TO THE…
PARTY ON MY DEATHBED
ALICE COOPER’S POOL HOUSE
OVER YOUR DEAD BODY
AMPHETAMINE (Feat. Julian Comeau of Loveless)
FORGET ME NOT
Hot Milk have just finished a tour of South America and will be playing a various festivals this summer including Download and Reading + Leeds festivals.
28 May 2023 – Adjacent Festival, Atlantic City US
2nd June 2023- Rock Am Ring, Germany
4th June 2023- Rock Im Park, Germany
09 June 2023 – Download Festival, Castle Donington UK
17th June 2023- Pinkpop, Netherlands
29th June 2023- Lollapalooza Stockholm, Sweden
30 June 2023 – Rock Werchter, Werchter Belgium
01 July 2023 – Main Square, Arras France
07 July 2023 – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow UK
20th July 2023- Deichbrand Festival, Cuxhaven, Germany
22nd July 2023- Lollapalooza Paris, France
25 August 2023 – Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
27 August 2023 – Reading Festival, Reading UK