Vile Child - Milk Teeth
By Benjamin Irons
Debut full length Vile Child sees spunky Gloucestershire quartet Milk Teeth swap their conventionally stony overture, seen in their two previous EP's Sad Sack and Smiling Politely, for a more tame, radio-friendly description.
Artwork/Layout/Illustration by Brighton based designer, Will Blood.
From start to finish, Vile Child is a perfect blend of pop-punk, experimental rock, post-hardcore and easy listening acoustics; a habit that seems them deviate from the conventions of any one singular genus. But while Milk Teeth's latest work insists on offering listeners a host of different dynamics, their general demeanor is only shades distant from rival outfits Basement and Moose Blood, which leaves their spotlight in the alternative scene somewhat clouded.
Nevertheless, I'm still a massive fan of this album. Opener "Brickwork" lays the foundations with a catchy hook and a melody that is ripe with liveliness. However, the same brush is used to pain similar pictures on "Brain Food" and "Crows Feet", which is a shame because their efforts to depart from a one-dimensional style are seemingly overshadowed by their lack of diversity in the preceding tracks.
Fortunately for us, the album boasts nine other tracks to be deliberated at our own discretion. "Driveway Birthday" and "Sunbaby" demonstrate the band's ability to blend the shoe-gazing reverb of My Bloody Valentine with the nostalgic giddiness of The Smashing Pumpkins. "Get A Clue" and "Cut You Up" also exploit vocalist Josh Bannister's throaty vocals as previously seen on their Sad Sack EP, which is a nice change from the pop-like undertones set by the first five tracks on the album, with the exception of the ever-affectionate "Swear Jar (Again)" - which is as lackluster as the albums artwork. Albeit the nimble attack of both ''Get A Clue'' and ''Cut You Up'', "Leona" flaunts a brave dissonance between Bannister's snarl and lead vocalist Becky Blomfield's lullaby.
Still and all, for a debut full length, their efforts are admirable. While Vile Child personally didn't deliver as much promise as their previous two EP's, their intentions are nonetheless wholesome, which has consequently soared my expectations for them and any of their activity in the forthcoming pipeline.