Live Review: Milk Teeth w/ Fangclub & Nervus, Bristol | The Fleece | 13.03.18

Last year we saw Milk Teeth release two brilliant EPs – Be Nice and Go Away. In celebration of the latter EP, the four peice announced a UK tour. We headed to their Bristol date to see what all the noise is about.

Nervus (7) are a breath of fresh air in the pop-punk scene; they’ve got a mature take on a classic punk rock sound, with uplifting, honest lyrics, and a solid grip on their sound. With two full-length LPs under their belt, this four-piece really know their stuff, which came across strongly during their set. With keys player dancing unashamedly and the room bobbing heads in unison, Nervus played a very enjoyable set. ‘Bones’ highlighted the realness of the band, with honest lyrics about gender dysphoria, while ‘It Follows’ had an enjoyable sing-along section. ‘Nobody Loses All the Time’ was a powerful, positive force that the room enjoyed. The set that Nervus played in Bristol supported their highly praised new album, and are one to watch in the coming months.

With dirty, distorted guitars, and 90's grunge inspired looks, Fangclub (6.5) certainly stood out on Milk Teeth’s tour. Making their debut in Bristol, the trio played with plenty of enthusiasm. Their clever guitar hooks were played over solid drums, and Fangclub proved that they were energetic and charismatic, though were perhaps underappreciated by the gathered crowd. ‘Bullet Head’ and ‘Bad Words’ highlight that the three are heavily influenced by Nirvana, but their sound is their own unique blend of varying other inspirations. For a relatively new band on the block, they played a commendable live show.

Sleazy guitars, drawling vocals and a huge bass sound were instantly noticed by the room as Milk Teeth (7) vaulted onto stage and straight into ‘Nearby Catfight’. While it took a short while for the crowd to get into the music, lead guitarist Chris Webb enjoyed riling everyone up and encouraging plenty of pits and jumping. Milk Teeth took no prisoners with their old-school punk attitude and the breakneck speed at which they ploughed through their set. The four flew through ‘Burger Drop’, ‘Brain Food’, and ‘Crows Feet’ before taking things down a few notches for the instantly recognisable ‘Swear Jar’, which saw the crowd swaying and singing along. Front woman Becky Blomfield and guitarist Billy Hutton slowed things down even further for an acoustic rendition of the beautiful ‘Kabuki’ – a song that Blomfield spoke of fondly.

After ‘Melon Blade’, the rest of the band joined Becky and Billy on stage again for ‘Trampoline’, the old song resurrected for Bristol’s show. Tight on time, Milk Teeth played no encore, but closed their set with their biggest single, ‘Owning Your Okayness’. The whole room sang along for the last hurrah, and after playing a set full of enjoyment and excitement, Milk Teeth showed that they are so much more than the sum of their parts.