The Milkman's Union
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The Milkman's Union

Portland, Maine, United States | SELF

Portland, Maine, United States | SELF
Band Folk Rock

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Sep
14
The Milkman's Union @ Landmark College

Putney, Vermont, USA

Putney, Vermont, USA

Jul
08
The Milkman's Union @ Arootsakoostic Music Festival

New Sweden, Maine, USA

New Sweden, Maine, USA

May
25
The Milkman's Union @ Midway Café

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA

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"Stemming from Jamison’s knack for writing pop songs and country ballads, The Milkman’s Union knows how to craft catchy, sometimes slow-burning songs with atmospheric flourishes and a warm intimate feeling. Jamison’s voice is soft, genuine and controlled, but not uncomfortably so. When combined with other voices of the band, the harmonies are pristine." - Dispatch Magazine


"Probably the lamest word I can use to describe their music is 'gorgeous,' but unfortunately that’s the best adjective. They’ve got the same floaty indie aesthetic as many of the contemporaries in Portland and beyond, but these guys just do it better than most. When they’re chilled out, they’re folksy and calming. When they erupt — like at the end of the title track — they’re dizzying and frantic." - Maine Campus


"Roads In immediately grabs the listener with expert production, evident from the clear vocals and well-balanced instrumental mix on album opener “Rehearse a Scene.” Lead singer Henry Jamison introduces himself on the track, singing “Hello/ Baby, let’s rehearse a scene/ You know/ Always checking what I mean, with what I say,” with a voice that is familiar and comfortingly melodic. Guitar riffs bounce off orchestral swells later in the song, and, by the time it ends around the radio-friendly 3:30 mark, the group’s pop sensibility feels similar to mature rockers such as The National and Iron & Wine." - Playtonic Dialogues


“Lead singer Henry Jamison’s lyrics are beautiful and along with his vocals and the music, it all blends to create a dreamy-imagery” - The Deli Magazine


‘The Milkman’s Union, an alluring rock quartet from Portland, Maine, writes atmospheric yet earthy songs. The closest comparison this writer can think of is the fairly obscure Ottawa band Wooden Stars, another group unafraid to follow its muse to wherever - calm skies of twinkling twin guitars, a simple country lope, or an unpredictable multi-movement symphony of a rock song.’ - The Northampton Gazette


‘The record reveals telling glimpses of brilliance to come. From the lilting melancholia of “The White Sox,” to the unhinged frailty of “St. Petersburg,” to the gathering sonic avalanche that is “America,” to the album’s closing benediction, “Percy, Lost at Sea,” Jamison proves a startlingly gifted artist. And one who has only begun to explore his immense potential.’ - Seven Days


“The music conjures up its own cloud of mood the moment it comes on. Just try to listen at dusk.” - The Ampeater Review


“The Milkman’s Union have created an album which is truly the best sort of collection of songs an album can be. Each is different than the previous, each leads elegantly into the next, each shows a band who have taken more time and energy into sculpting a fantastically finished product than most groups would ever find or make the time for…The result is so overwhelming that I almost feel as though each time I allude to the age of the band I do them a disservice.” - The Animal Show


Discography

Texas Hold Me 7" ft. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - 2011
streaming: http://www.sonicbids.com/themilkmansunion1

Telos EP - 2011 (acoustic EP)
streaming: http://themilkmansunion.bandcamp.com

Roads In - 2009
streaming: http://themilkmansunion.bandcamp.com/album/roads-in

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Bio

The Milkman's Union is an enigmatic three-piece based in Portland, Maine. While their sound can most easily be characterized as indie-rock, idiosyncrasies abound. Drawing from classical, jazz, electronic, and various non-western musics, the band infuses rock grooves with deft melodic hooks and rhythmic flourishes that combine for a unique sound. Gabe Birnbaum of Ampeater.com writes "the music conjures up its own cloud of mood the moment it comes on". Seven Days writes that the band is "startlingly gifted" and "hyper-literate". The Bangor Daily News writes, "If Radiohead was more influenced by country and folk music than by electronic and jazz, they’d probably sound like The Milkman’s Union."

Over the past two years, their sound has been broad enough to share the stage with diverse acts such as Deerhunter, The Morning Benders, Woods, Wintersleep, Ben Kweller, S. Carey, White Hinterland, Ducktails, The Devil Makes Three, Emperor X and Generationals. They've grown popular in the New England college circuit and have played at Dartmouth, Wellesley, SUNY Purchase, Marlboro, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Trinity, Mt. Holyoke, UMaine, Bowdoin, Bates, Clark, Unity and Colby in the past year alone. They were recently named the Deli Magazine's New England artist of year for 2011. Their latest full-length 'Roads In' is currently in rotation at more than 100 independent radio stations across the U.S. and Canada. They just released a 7" single featuring guest vocals from fellow Mainer Lady Lamb the Beekepeer on Eternal Otter Records in October.