"DON'T LET HER

CRYSTAL BALL SPIN,

SHE'S ONLY GONNA GIVE YOU
FALSE PREDICTIONS."

 

MEET THE MILTONES
 

The Miltones are known as the masters of blending modern blues-rock sounds with the nostalgia of a vintage record collection. The Auckland five-piece have been turning heads with their powerful stage presence and moody melodies since forming in 2014.

After opening for Jamie Lawson and The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band in 2016 the band went to Lyttelton to record their self-titled debut album with Ben Edwards (Nadia Reid, Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Tami Neilson). The album reached incredible success, including scoring a review of 4.5/5 stars by New Zealand Listener and being labelled as “the freshest sound in New Zealand popular music right now” by the NZ Herald. Most notably The Miltones were recognised by Auckland Live at the 2018 Taite Music Awards and took home the Best Independent Debut Album award.

 

The band’s first nationwide tour wrapped up in late 2017 after up-sizing venues to accommodate ticket sales and a sold-out show at Auckland's Tuning Fork. This year saw continued success as lead singer Milly Tabak was selected to attend Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City by the NZ Music Commission with Anika Moa.  It also marked the Miltones summer festival debut with a massive double slot at the lauded WOMAD festival in Taranaki drawing over 3000 people to their performance which left attendees wanting more and emptying the merch table. Other notable performances were opening for The Teskey Brothers New Zealand Tour and supporting Tami Neilson on her five stop tour.

 

This summer the Miltones are excited to play music festivals and continue work on their much anticipated sophomore album. 

The band consists of Milly Tabak, vocals and guitar, Liam Pratt, guitar, Guy Harrison on keys (Hollie Smith), Chris Marshall on bass (Miss June) and Tom Broome on drums (Esther Stephen & The Means, Hollie Smith)

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Attending #TheMiltones album launch gig at Golden Dawn is turning out to be very smart decision #crazyorgan 

Russell Baille

Books & Culture Editor at the NZ Listener

This is a band that clearly thrives on playing live, and they do it damn well. Their enthusiasm and joy is infectious, sweeping over the crowd as smoothly as their sweet, soulful sounds. This was hands down the most enthusiastic crowd I have seen to date at The Tuning Fork...If there is one band that should feature on your ‘must see’ list, it is The Miltones – they are certainly destined for great things!

Bridget Herlihy

Ambient Light, 22 July 2017

This is a woman who isn’t afraid to take charge of the stage and keep the audience engaged and a lot of fellow Kiwi musicians would be wise to check out her stage persona and adjust accordingly...An hour and ten minutes after it started it was all over, but the energy was still in the room, with fans buzzing, eager to crowd around the merch table and hang with the band. The evening was pure joy from beginning to end.

Marty Duda

13th Floor, 23 July

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ALBUM pRAISE

The freshest sound in New Zealand popular music right now… [their] debut album is a modern classic

5/5 Kim Gillespie

New Zealand Herald

The hypnotic and shivering howls of Gypsy Queen, whirling fantasy of The Wanderer, and knee-slapping bluegrassian Dancing With The Dead, The Miltones is a nuanced journey teeming with life and love.

Abe Foster

Heart and Noise blog

They've emerged fully formed as a confident band with a strong, idiosyncratic style and a lead guitar and vocalist that make them the match for anyone releasing Americana music in New Zealand. 4.5/5 James Belfield, New Zealand Listener

4.5/5 James Belfield

New Zealand Listener

For everyone’s sake, turn this one up. Allow the power of the earthy blues to run through you.

Emma Lumbus

The 13th Floor

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