We checked in with Andrew Heringer of Milo Greene yesterday to talk album number two, music videos, and why San Francisco shows feel like hometown shows for this LA-based band.
Milo Greene will be at The Independent on Wednesday, February 11th. Tickets are available here for $17. We’ll see you there!
SFCS: You describe your music as “cinematic pop” because you like scoring movies and TV. Did you keep that mentality going into album number two or have things changed?
AH: Yeah I think for us cinematic pop was a bit of the emotionality of the music, and I think that same emotionality is there. This album has more of a focus on drums and synthesizers, and using our vocals, so we’re still trying for the cinematic pop.
SFCS: You guys are a five-piece band with four lead singers and you all play multiple instruments. For people who haven’t seen you live yet, can you describe how that works on stage?
AH: We came together because we were all singers. We wanted to see what we could do with our voices and different harmonies. So live, as you kind of expect, every person has their moment. We’re all very different personalities and I think that comes out in how we sing and the emotionality. With this record we’ve found more ways to bring out our individual voices. For people coming to this show, they’ll get a different taste of how we approach the vocals. For us, this record was about finding a way to balance the first record and what we did in our live shows. We wanted to dance a bit more and be energetic.
SFCS: In 2012 you guys released a short film called “Moddison,” that was essentially a film created by music videos of every song on your album in order. That’s a pretty unique concept — where did the idea come from?
AH: We’d always talked about it since the beginning of the band, about finding a way to do it. We live in LA and love movies, we grew up going to movies. Robbie in our band always talks about how he wanted to be in movies, but he loved the music underneath the movie. It was bringing these two worlds together that we always loved, we were just the go-getter type. Let’s go produce a movie with our friends. We got a few friends who acted and directed and we went off for a few days and we tried our hand.
SFCS: You’ve been to San Francisco a few times in the past years. Is there anywhere in the city you’re excited to get back to — museums or restaurants or anything?
AH: For me it’s always the people that come out to the shows. It’s always full of family, or friends, or friends that feel like family. I grew up outside of Sacramento so it feels like a hometown show for me.
SFCS: Who’s on your current playlist?
AH: A lot of my favorites from last year. The new Ryan Adams record. The War on Drugs record. Three of us were able to collaborate with Damien Rice on his record recently. I grew up in college and some of my early songwriter years were influenced by Damien so it’s totally surreal.
SFCS: Where has been your favorite food on the road so far?
AH: I really enjoy going to England actually. I love Indian food. They’ll have that at their restaurants over there. Even at their rest stops, they’ll have tikka masala. I really appreciate that variety. Indian food is such a part of their culture.
SFCS: If you could take credit for any song throughout history and claim it as your own, what would it be and why?
AH: “White Daisy Passing,” by Rocky Votolato, singer-songwriter out of Seattle. The emotionally of it, it’s about memories and trying to stop time, those moments you just never want to end.
SFCS: If you could be any kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?
AH: I know that I’m the rugged one, I can deal with change and being adaptable. Those would be my stronger traits. Maybe like a spork, the spoon and a fork. It’s all-purpose. It makes sense to me in this moment. Final answer: spork.
Photo credit: Milo Greene Facebook page