Indietracks 2017 Interview Series #7 – Milk Crimes: “Dancing On My Own”

Indietracks runs from 28-30 JULY 2017 at Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire, UK.

In 2017 Milk Crimes bring their brilliantly brash punk to Indietracks for the first time. However, it’s a little known fact that they take their name from a headline in the Butterley Bugle newspaper about a scandal back in the early days of the festival. Back in 2010 a pair of unruly festival goers sneaked into a field on their way back to the campsite on a moonlit Saturday night and milked a cow dry, literally filling 6 Co-op bags-for-life with milky goodness. They were caught by the angry farmer the next morning whilst still blind drunk on White Russians and trying to sleep in a tent which was literally inches deep in milk. That famous headline was ‘Indietracks Rocked by Milk Crimes’ and we reckon it’ll be a fitting headline again this year. Here’s Simon from the band to plead innocence through our festivals questions:

Overblown: It’s your first time at Indietracks. How excited are you to be playing and what have you heard about the festival? 

Simon: Indietracks is something I’ve wanted to make it to for the past few years, so it’s really exciting for us to be asked to play! We’ve heard that it’s a festival with lots of indie and trains, however James helps print the programmes as part of Footprint Workers Co-op, so he probably already knows all there is to know. If there was a Venn diagram of bands that are good and people that are pals, many of the bands playing Indietracks would fit comfortably in the intersection, so it’s very exciting to be stuck in a field with them.

O: At Overblown we love a cover version. If you had to play a cover of another artist from this year’s bill which band and song would it be? (And will you consider actually doing it?)

Simon: Ski School by Cowtown. Probably not.

O: Similarly, if you were to choose a song of your own to be covered by another band on the bill which song and band would it be?

Simon: It would be good to hear the Wedding Present covering Deep Throat. I reckon they will.

O: There’s always a great indie disco to be had after the bands finish playing. What song would you request and are we likely to find you on the dancefloor?

Simon: Why Does it Always Rain on Me by Travis or 500 Miles by the Proclaimers. Probably.

O: Bum Notes Karaoke with Ruby Walters is a great night and will be at Indietracks for the first time this year. What’s your go-to karaoke song and can we expect to see you singing it?

Simon: Dancing on my Own by Robyn. Definitely.

O: With so many great bands playing tell our readers why they should choose to come and see your set.

Simon: You should come and see us if you are interested to see what a mix of all of the above musical influences would sound like. Also, we’re playing in the church so the bit where we play Hail Seitan should sound extra hymn-like.

Milk Crimes play Indietracks Festival on Saturday 29th July. We’ll see you all there. 

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