MILLY Announce Debut Album & Share Lead Single “Nullify + ‘Eternal Ring’ Out September 30th via Dangerbird Records Jun 23, 2022
Past Praise for MILLY:
“a band that fuses the wall-of-guitar sounds of Hum and Catherine with early emo like Sunny Day Real Estate and minimalist beauty à la Belly, resulting in a warm bath of fuzzed-out indie rock that nonetheless balances the riffing with gentler moments of airy shoegaze” – AV Club
“Meeting at the midpoint between shoegaze and ’90s-style alt-rock, “Talking Secret” lets torrents of guitars overwhelm bandleader Brendan Dyer’s hazily moody vocals” – NPR
““Crawling tempos and dazed, cinematic lo-fi… a band to watch” – Paste Magazine
“impeccable alternative influences, a towering instrumental presence, and an expressive main songwriter already point to a bright future for the band.” – Under the Radar
“a soundscape both comforting and abrasive” – Beats Per Minute
“A fuzz-laden jammer that re-envisages J Mascis at the head of a dream pop outfit” – Clash
Today, Los Angeles band MILLY announce their highly anticipated debut album Eternal Ring, set for release September 30th via cult indie label Dangerbird Records (Grandaddy, Swervedriver), and share lead single “Nullify”.
Produced in LA with Gleemer’s Corey Coffman, “Nullify” finds MILLY in full-blown pop mode, the melodic-but-mystifying influence of classic avant-garde indie progenitors like Pavement clear to see. The forthcoming Eternal Ring is kinetic, physical, and often a little bit volatile — a mixture of emo music and 90s-indebted indie that tastes as if it’s been fermenting for years, feeding on itself until it becomes something new entirely.
A profound first full-length statement from principal songwriter Brendan Dyer and his closest collaborator, bass player Yarden Erez, it’s a record that takes the anxiety of modern-day America and filters it through a prismatic, powerfully individualistic lens, resulting in something intense, bracing, and deeply modern. This is Milly with the fat trimmed and the frayed edges cut off. “Everything that we’re doing now was there but I feel like we just let it marinate a little longer or something — it feels a lot more focused now” says Dyer.
On the album’s crushing lead single, Dyer explains “The song is about people who think they can solve other people’s problems for them when they can’t even balance their own shit. We want to aid others which is admirable but first we need to check in on ourselves to decide whether or not that’s actually possible. Anyone can be a hero if they try…”
Originally the solo project of Brendan Dyer, his relocation from Connecticut to Los Angeles saw the band expand to include collaborator Yarden Erez. After signing to Dangerbird Records, 2019 saw the band on tour with Swervedriver & DIIV, and in 2021 they released their acclaimed EP Wish Goes On.
To understand Eternal Ring, you have to go back to Dyer’s childhood. Learning guitar and drums from his uncle, a musician, from the age of ten, Dyer was one of the only young people in his rural Connecticut town interested in anything other than sports and other stereotypical markers of American life. Naturally, Dyer began to gravitate towards emo — the closest thing many teens have to outsider art — as an art form he could identify with, bands like Hawthorne Heights subconsciously laying the groundwork for the music he would make as an adult. “It probably only lasted a year or two that I was interested in that sort of thing, but now I feel like it’s become a thing in my life where it’s like, full circle,” he says. “When we were writing this album, and touring before writing this album, I was reconnecting with a lot of the music that I was listening to in my youth and realizing that there was a reason why I liked this music so much.”
The Milly of Eternal Ring, though, is a vastly different project from the one Dyer began in his childhood bedroom. Where the band’s old songs were dazed and gorgeously laconic, Eternal Ring is muscular, punchy, almost alarmingly direct. You only need to hear album opener and debut single “Illuminate” to understand the change: slipping quickly from emo balladry into something heavy and intoxicatingly intense, it’s a clear marker that this is the work of a tighter, more dynamic Milly. There is no slack to these songs — even the nine-minute “Stuck In The Middle” is an impossibly taut endurance work, jumping from emotive build to gut-wrenching squall in a second.
Read the full bio by Shaad D’Souza here, and listen to lead single “Nullify” today, and last month’s “Illuminate” below. MILLY are currently on tour, and will perform back in Los Angeles alongside Launder on July 29th at Moroccan Lounge.
6/21 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
6/22 – St. Louis, MO @ The Sinkhole
6/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Farewell
6/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
6/26 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
7/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge w/ Launder
Eternal Ring Tracklist:
6 Stuck in the Middle
7 Ring True
8 The End
For more information on MILLY, contact Grandstand Media:
Nikolas Soelter – firstname.lastname@example.org