Video Premier Of Milo Greene Tour Kickoff
Last week we caught up with Los Angeles based band Milo Greene as they were kicking off their new tour at The Roost in Bellingham, Washington. The band had just finished recording their debut album, for Chop Shop/Atlantic, at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville. So a quick trip up to Bellingham (which is just shy of the border with Canada) seemed like the perfect starting place for a tour that was going to, as Robbie Arnett states in the video, “caterpillar down the west coast.”
Since touring with The Civil Wars, Grouplove and Belle Brigade through 2011, Milo Greene’s lives have gotten much busier. This tour will find them in the headlining position, with Family Of The Year opening the bill. It also gives them a chance to stretch their legs a bit before their album releases later on this year.
The Roost was an unusual starting point. Its address and location are kept secret until you buy a ticket for a show there. Then you find out that the venue is actually an old house in a residential neighborhood. It’s a cool old place full of reclaimed wood from barns and gymnasiums. It has high ceilings and interior mezzanines, which help a lot with sight lines. And everything in the club runs on solar.
When we arrived, Milo Greene were still loading in and setting up. After a quick soundcheck we sat down and shot some interviews on the front porch. The venue filled up quickly. The entire audience entered through the rear kitchen door. The thing about this show that was so unusual was that everyone in attendance was engaged on a level not often seen. I think the ambience of playing in a livingroom gave the concert a very personal feeling – like a private house party. The sound and lighting are the club’s weak spots, but the audience seemed largely unaffected, and the band just kind of worked around it.
All in all, this was a great show from Milo Greene. The audience loved it. The whole house shook, and at one point I thought it was all going to come down on top of us. If this tour “caterpillars” anywhere near where you live, do yourself a favor and go see Milo Greene. Their music is infectious, and most definitely passes the whistle test. Their harmonies are well constructed and well executed. They remind me of a hipster version of The Mamas & The Papas. Who, you ask? We’ll just leave it at that.