Punk rockers Skinny Milk’s latest release, the Daydream EP is a difficult one to confess feelings about. With this release only being three tracks long it’s hard to pin down the tracks as one amalgamation, instead it feels like a compilation of singles. In this case, it’s only fair to judge these songs individually. However-
The fuzzy style that the band approach on this a novelty at first, an exciting edge that sets them apart from most other modern punk bands. Unfortunately though, this novelty begins to wear the further into the EP the listener delves, becoming slightly distracting, especially as it makes for some questionable noises blurting in out of the blue on track Slip Down the Hole. This can be done effectively (see FIDLAR) but on this short release it’s much too overpowering to rea;;y add anything to their music. It unfortunately takes away from the lyrical content (oftentimes forcing it into incomprehensible nonsense) and pushes the songs into annoyance sometimes.
This by no means makes this a terrible release- opening track Alright shows a thrashy element of what feels like an indie- infused punk rock banger. Its violent riff and powerful drums make for an exciting and enticing listen. The aforementioned Slip Down the Hole, serves as a love-letter to 90’s grunge like Pearl Jam or Nirvana, armed with a riff like something straight from a Royal Blood album with force comparable to a medieval battering ram.
Overall, this EP doesn’t really feel like a huge breakthrough- its fuzz becomes distracting and incredibly in-your-face, and takes away from the entire experience. This fact however doesn’t take away from the fact that the riffs are big, and that’s something quite important in Skinny Milk’s scene. Whether their music is to our taste or not, it’s clear that what they’re doing is exactly what they want and their confidence in it shines through, so that is something to be admired.