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Milo Greene on Gettin’ Busy in a Cabin

Published: Friday, September 14, 2012

Updated: Monday, September 17, 2012 11:09

Milo Greene

L Gray

Milo Greene

Milo Greene is not a single person but a five-piece band with four singers and a full-bodied, soothing sound. The California quintet only recently released its self-titled debut in July but has already toured around the world, made a movie to go with the album and played the Late Show with David Letterman. The hype that surrounds the group is well deserved as the band worked meticulously for two years before releasing its debut.

Milo Greene will play Phoenix twice this fall, opening for The Walkmen at Crescent Ballroom on September 16 and Jeff the Brotherhood at Sail Inn on October 6. Milo Greene’s AndrewHeringer chatted with College Times about the creative dynamic that comes with having four singers.

How was it touring with The Civil Wars last year?

Andrew Heringer: The Civil Wars are great. We owe them so much. We had been a band for about two or three months when they found our music and decided to take us on tour. It’s really what you need as a young band, you need people to take you along and give you the exposure to their audience. They had gotten the same thing themselves so I think they really understood what it meant to have a young band that needs that kind of exposure. Every night they are just absolutely spot on and just kill it every time.

How was your trip to Phoenix earlier this year?

The highlight of the last trip was we stayed at this hotel that had a water park literally outside of our room. I think we all just had such a good time that Phoenix is a special Mecca in our minds right now.

Excited to play with The Walkmen?

Yeah, I’m a big fan of their latest record. We’ve all been doing this for year so to finally be able to tour with bands that we really respect and have been in the game for years and years is a really cool feeling.

So you all sing and write music?

Yeah, with the exception of our drummer who just drums. There are four of us that are all song writers and we’re all singers. I think we grew up listening to our parents play Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Beatles and all these groups that have a lot of vocalists and they took advantage of the fact they could use all these different vocals and instruments and sounds. That’s a big part of what we’ve always wanted to do with Milo Greene.

What was it like recording the album?

We did a fair amount of sessions. The album is six recording sessions all together, and I think two of those were at my family’s cabin which is also where we also shot a full movie for our album in April. It takes place in my family’s cabin.

How was it using your cabin as a set?

I grew up kind of in the mountains and I feel very at home up in the Appalachians on a lake. When we started writing there and recording there it was just a very natural experience for us. It allowed us to get away from the distractions and just create something. When we wrote the movie, a couple of us wrote the movie, and we wanted to use the cabin and really take advantage of that scenery and also that aspect of going away somewhere and creating something with your best friends.

Isn’t the main actor your roommate?

Yeah, he’s also my best friend. He helped write the movie and he’s a filmmaker in his own right and a great actor. The album art is a piece of his; it’s actually a really large painting that’s in our house. Robbie (Arnett) and I were trying to figure out what the album cover was going to be and we said, “Well, what about that?” and it kind of stuck. We have all these little meaningful things and people involved in this whole thing.

The Walkmen w/Milo Greene, Crescent Ballroom, September 16, 8 p.m., $20

Jeff The Brotherhood w/Milo Greene, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Dry River Yacht Club, Diarrhea Planet, Shakey Graves, Shook Twins, Sail Inn, October 6, 5 p.m., $12 to $14

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