Milo Greene at St Pancras Old Church
Grufty beards all around at church and no, it wasn’t the third coming; it was stunning, Californian band Milo Greene. Following their self-titled debut album, Milo Greene came to steal hearts with their quaintly soothing music.
Amongst the dimly lit pews and biblical emblems, the audience jittered with polite enthusiasm as the quintet warmed themselves up with Don’t You Give Up On Me. St Pancras Old Church was the perfect setting for their “cinematic-pop” sound.
Cutty Love was awesomely beautiful and Marlana Sheetz’ harmonies gave it a spine-tingling power. After a few songs, you realise that the band works perfectly; each member is an essential cog and they flow silkily together. Silent Way was equally as stunning, with underlying folksy rhythms and tinkling percussion from Curtis Marrero.
The five-piece’s sound is gorgeously decadent. They swap and change vocals and instruments, showing to be true masters of their trade and clearly head-over-heels in love with what they do – as is their audience.
Their first UK single, What’s the Matter? kicked in with a slightly heavier beat and wailing harmonies that gave it a gloriously dark vibe.
The musicians have a captivating quiet energy that flowed through their tightly knit set. Heart-breaking track Autumn Tree was hauntingly lovely with heavy vocals and light guitars. Milo Greene have clearly already amassed a mesmerised following in England, receiving a standing ovation from the small, sold-out venue. Treating the audience to one last sweet refrain, encore 1957 finished the set beautifully.
With an industry filled to the rafters with indie folk start-ups, it’s hard to weed through the ones worth following and the one-hit worthless wonders. Milo Greene, however, is one to cling on to with dear might.
Photos: Adam Imiolo
Milo Greene are touring the UK until 31st January. For further information or to book visit their website here.
Watch the video for Silent Way here