8th February 2019…
Put together Milburn vocalist Joe Carnall with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and you might expect a guitar driven, full on indie outpouring. But the Sheffield pair have some surprises up their sleeves…
Taking a different musical path, Joe has moved towards electronica, his vocals sounding smoother against a synth backdrop. He has written and played all instruments excluding drums on Silk & Leather, the noteworthy debut single from new project Good Cop Bad Cop. With demos complete, he sent them across to Matt thinking he ‘would be into it’ which resulted in the two working together and Matt producing the record in his home studio in the Hollywood Hills, a stark contrast to its birthplace in South Yorkshire.
With Milburn’s last album Time produced by Bill Ryder-Jones, Joe is no stranger to artist production and this new venture confirms that Matt’s skills range way beyond the drum kit. He explains this new string to his bow: ‘I’ve become progressively more interested in production over the years but have perhaps never been brave enough to take the first steps; Joe’s project seemed like the perfect place to start’. Joe describes the experience saying, ‘It was great for both of us as we could afford to make mistakes without a huge bill to pay at the end. It really was just two old friends spending time together and making music in a glorified garage’.
From what is presumably a glorified garage like no other, the pair have come up with something reminiscent of 80s’ synth pop with a current twist and the forthcoming self-titled album will surely be highly anticipated by fans and the industry alike.
Tickets for upcoming tour dates have largely sold out despite having only been announced a few days ago but look out for spares or returns for the following locations in April:
13th – Glasgow King Tut’s
15th – Manchester Yes
16th – Leeds Belgrave Hall
18th – London Hoxton Hall
19th – Sheffield Crookes Social Club
21st – Nottingham Bodega
22nd – Bristol Thekla
Watch the video for Silk & Leather now – you can receive an instant download of the single when you pre-order the album here; you can also see an exclusive Q&A with Joe and Matt – the album release date is scheduled for 29th March 2019
Words by Siobhan
Promo photo via Lucid Online PR