Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Millie Milner & The Deadnames - "lie"

Millie Milner & The Deadnames are a queer fronted indie-pop band out of Manchester. The band's new single, "lie," is an absolute delight for any fan of the various 90's alt-rock genres. It's speak-singing verses are going to remind you of Blur's "Parklife." From there the song goes on this rambling journey through modern indie pop (the "oooooooohs" are particularly fun) while still delving occasionally into indie rock. At one point the repeated refrain of "I made my bed, I'll lie in it" seems like a reference to Hole's "Miss World." The guitar solos have a fun slacker thing going on that reminds me of Pavement, and maybe a little late period Britpop/post-Britpop of bands like Ocean Colour Scene or Cornershop. "lie" is a modern throwback to the days when indie rock could be fun while still being great.

In a press release, Millie Milner & The Deadnames say of their new single:

"'lie' began as a break-up fueled retaliation. written by our front-person, Edi Milner, it tells of a need to take ownership of their life, their choices and the newfound element of fun and recklessness they found themself surrounded by as a newly single person. written as an outpour of feelings, the song itself follows a confusing structure that places focus on emotions through not only the lyrics but the music (especially in not one but two well loved solos)!"

You can listen to "lie" below. For more on Millie Milner & The Deadnames, check out the band on Facebook and Instagram.

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