Wednesday, 21 September 2005

back in time: elle milano @ buffalo bar 20/09/05

If you like music, you might enjoy Elle Milano. That’s what you’ll find on the website of this four-piece pulled together from various parts of England and forged in the melting pot of musical loveliness that is Leicester. Or De Montford University to be precise – the fact that this band is just a group of precociously talented teenage students no older than myself is rather staggering. In a good way though. They are not afraid to make statements about everything from the reality-tv obsession that seems to be on of the hallmarks of this generation to the pop diva personas that inhabit it. Elle Milano are seething with something that is just so achingly now, it hurts.

I interviewed lead singer Kobé Winona, after their recent gig at the Buffalo Bar.

How would you describe your sound?
A big dirty mess of angular punk rock ‘n’ roll thrown against a wall of sound and Girls Aloud.

How long have you been together as a group and do you feel that you’re progressing at the right pace?
Since November 2004. We are still discovering our sound. It’s gonna be unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.

How does the songwriting process work?
I usually come up with a melody on acoustic guitar and then just show it to the other guys. Everybody writes their own parts.

Your lyrics seem to be very relevant to this point in time. I can see a lot of people identifying with the words. Is that something you try to think about when writing?
Sometimes. With regard to the whole middle class thing, I’m not saying it is any better or any worse. We are just saying it how it is.

….which cheesy pop song would you like to cover most?
The Show – Girls Aloud. I tried breaking it down and you can definitely feel a punk vibe there.

Who’s next after Beyoncé? (In one of their songs Ooo Beyonce Baby, they take her down a rung or two)
Razorlight.

In the recent interview on Lamacq Live, you mentioned meeting Ursula Romano in a crowded donkey field? Any plans for future donkey field gigs? Or a song about them?
Maybe we should. It’s just this little place in Cove, Hampshire.

What do you hate most about the world?
This might sound pretentious but…Myself.
Betty Kat Suki: I hate everyone else too. And I want to die like a crackwhore.

I’m going to a school disco party later. What, in your opinion, is the perfect school disco song?
Boyzone – Love Me For A Reason

Elle Milano are Kobé Winona, Mister Alexander Ross Petersen (not pictured), Betty Kat Suki and Ursula Romano (not pictured).

1 comment:

Adam G Manning said...

Vintage Milano