Milk Music | Pitchfork Music Festival | July 15, 2012
Photo: Chandler West
"Fuck your parents! Kill yourselves!" yelled Milk Music singer/guitarist Alex Coxen before releasing a high-octane shot of thrashing punk rock. After dealing with a few technical issues—"fucking piece of shit," mumbled Coxen about his microphone—the Olympia, Washington four-piece set the pace with a rapid run of power-pop grunge.
Crowd reception was mixed: "I'm losing my shit, they sound so awesome. Like Nirvana!" yelped a teenage girl standing behind me. A rocker dude old enough to have seen Nirvana was less impressed. "It's boring. They sound like a shitty Mudhoney rip-off," he grumbled to his pal. Love it or hate it, Milk Music knows how to kick out the jams. These gutter punk trailblazing bros are all about having fun, rocking out and not giving a shit. As a testament to the band's "whatever, dude" attitude, it took Coxen halfway through the set before he tuned his guitar. Thankfully a hearty blast of Big Muff fuzz covered the worst of it. By the time Wipers-esque slacker anthem "Beyond Living" tied up the set, the band had hit its stride.