Over the last few months I’ve written quite a bit about Chapel Hill, NC-based experimental/post-hardcore punk/new wave-leaning trio Milemarker. Initially comprised of Al Burian, Dave Laney and Ben Davis, the members of Milemarker quickly developed a reputation in indie and underground music circles for explosive live shows and for material that possessed adventurous arrangements and instrumentation. And with their 1999-2007 touring lineup with featured bounding members Burian and Laney, along with Roby Newton (vocals, synths), the trio eventually played over 1,000 shows across North America, Europe and Japan supporting 2000’s Frigid Forms Sell and 2001’s Anaesthetic, opening for the likes of Wire, Mission of Burma, At The Drive-In, The Hives, Thursday, The Blood Brothers, International Noise Conspiracy, High On Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cave In, Les Savy Fav, Spoon and a lengthy list of others. After the release of 2005’s Ominosity, which featured drummers Tony Lazzara and Noah Leger, as well as arrangements from siblings Beth and Tim Remis, the band went on an extensive US and European tour in 2008 with founding member Ben Davis, which included appearances at SXSW and Fusion festivals; however, by 2009 Laney had relocated to Hamburg, Germany and began to focus his energies on his post-Milemarker project Auxes while Burian had relocated to Berlin to pursue a literary career.
Interestingly, in 2015 the founding duo of Laney and Burian had started playing a series of live shows featuring Lena Kilkka (keys, vocals) and Ezra Cale (drums). And just in time to celebrate the their long-awaited reunion, Lovitt Records recently released a re-issue of the band’s seminal 2000 release Frigid Forms Sell — and the re-issue is not only the first time the album appears on vinyl in 16 years, it also includes 7 previously unreleased tracks, including a track that premiered on Brooklyn Vegan, while the digital will also include demo versions of several album tracks. Adding to a big 2016 for the band, August 26 will mark he release of Overseas the band’s first album in several years, and they’re in the middle of their first Stateside tour in over 8 years. (Tour dates are below, and it includes two NYC area dates — August 24 at Shea Stadium and August 25 at Saint Vitus.)
Now, over the past couple of months I wrote about “Carrboro,” a single that had the band pairing a throbbing and insistent bass line with a quickly morphing song structure that alternates between dreamy psychedelia, tense, angular post-punk and New Wave and prog rock in a trippy and mind-altering song. The album’s second single “Conditional Love,” had the band pairing buzzing and angular guitar chords, a driving motorik-like groove and an anthemic hook in a song that sounded equally inspired by Nine Inch Nails and as by Garbage but with a decided prog rock bent. “Untamed Ocean” is a buzzing prog rock song that features buzzing guitar chords, buzzing and undulating synths, punchily delivered vocals , wrapped around an anthemic hook in what may arguably be one of the most mosh pit worthy/headbang worthy songs they’ve released some time.
The recently released music video is shot in a gorgeous and cinematic black and white and features the band’s performing the song, complete with insane light effects — and it gives a great sense of how intense their live show is.