Milestones: a new, fresh faced pop-punk band from Manchester who are already edging onto the scene ahead of the release of their debut EP ‘Equal Measures’ in April. The band, consisting of vocalist Matt Clarke, guitarist Andy Procter, bassist Mark Threlfall and drummer Andy Makin, are also set to accompany some big names in the next few months such as Man Overboard and have just got back from accompanying Yeah Detroit on their Feb tour. You may be wondering how such a new band have come about such possibilities but as soon as you let their single ‘More To More’ pleasantly assault your ears with it’s irresistible and defined pop punk vibes you will inevitably begin to understand why.
We managed to have a chat with the bassist Mark to talk Milestones:
Mytacism Music: First of all, what got you into music?
Mark: I’ve always had an interest in music, but I suppose going to see my first ever concert (Green Day in Birmingham in 2009) was what fully got me into music, I knew from that point that I wanted to be in a band, it’s still one of the best live shows I’ve seen to date.
How did you all meet? Could you indulge us in a history of Milestones?
We all met through crossing paths are some point or another during the run of our old bands, I’d been in touch with Matt (vocalist) a few times regarding bookings for one of my old bands, and had been on a few shows with Andy & Andrews (Drummer & Guitarist) old band. It was originally Matt, Andy and Andrew practising and writing, then I contacted Matt after him posting something online about needing a bassist, so I thought it’d be worth me asking what its all about. The rest of it is just history really, we practised loads, wrote an EP and got to where we are now.
Who has been your main musical influences when creating your debut EP ‘Equal Measures’?
There’s been a few bands from we’ve taken influence from in the writing process of the EP, there’s bands like Neck Deep, The Story So Far, State Champs, Real Friends etc who have really influenced the Pop Punk elements of the record, and then there’s the likes of You Me At Six, Deaf Havana, Young Guns, Don Broco etc, they’re the sort of bands who influenced us heavily when bringing the straight up rock vibes to the record.
What was the process like when you created the EP?
The process was our guitarist Drew demoing a song, that would be the skeleton of the song in a sense. Then when we’d come to practise, we’d build the songs up until we were happy with them and were ready to take them into the studio, we’d then hit the studio with our producer Phil who’d help us fine tune the songs.
What does a day in the life of Milestones involved? What do you guys normally get up to?
A lot of our days are spent planning, organising, networking and sorting out general band stuff. We try and work as closely and efficiently as a unit as we can, so it is important we try and keep pro-activeness and creativeness ticking over at all times. With all sharing the same ethos that we do in Milestones, its something that is achievable.
Apart from making music, do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I don’t really think I have any other hobbies other than making music, I’m quite fixated on the band, I wouldn’t want to overwork myself by trying to keep up so many hobbies at once, the band is my main priority so I like to have as much time as possible for it.
Where do you see yourselves in the future? You’re already set to be playing with some bands!
We see ourselves touring, writing, recording, playing shows and generally having a great time in the future, hopefully anyway. Our main aim is to have as much fun as we can, so we hope we can continue doing so in the future! We’re already set to play with some huge bands which is crazy for us, in May we’ll be playing with the likes of Motion City Soundtrack, Man Overboard, Trash Talk, Moose Blood, ROAM, and thats insane for us to say after only being an active band for a few months.
Thanks for chatting with us!
Debut EP ‘Equal Measures’ to be released April 6th
See the live at Empire Festival (17th May, Sheffield, The Hop)