Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Milo Greene's 'Control' Album

Hartman Harris
Milo Greene

Milo Greene is an unusual band, with four members doing double-duty as singers and songwriters. It's not easy to maintain a group identity when that many creative entities are involved -- look at the splintered, tumultuous history of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Milo Greene are aware of the pitfalls of too many voices, but they're not worried: they named their second album Control. "The title speaks to the idea of the individual getting out more on this record, whether it's playing or singing. It's about how we trade and share that control," band member Robbie Arnett says. Today, Billboard is exclusively premiering the full album. Listen below.

 

When you can't run from a problem, it's best to embrace it head on, and Arnett suggests that the band's multiplicity may be one of its biggest strengths. "I don't think we'll ever write the same sounding record twice," he tells Billboard. Control is a tightly sculpted work, smooth and groove-heavy, shot through with jolts of rock and the intricately arranged vocals, common in late '70s L.A. pop.

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Milo Greene tried a new approach when building these songs. "When we started working on Control," Andrew Heringer explains, "We went into a recording studio... and started laying down lots of drum grooves. [That] became the foundation of our songwriting… we were really inspired by music that made us dance and wanted to find a way to merge that with the sound that we had created as a band on our first record." Arnett adds that, "Instead of stacking vocals, we experimented with individual voices moving in and out of each other."

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Control came together with help from a few big guns. Jesse Shatkin handled production -- he recently co-wrote and co-produced Sia's "Chandelier," and he has credits on albums from Kelly Clarkson, Foster the People and Tegan and Sara. Renowned drummer Joey Waronker also contributed to Control; in the past, Waronker has showed up on recordings from Beck, Norah Jones, and even Paul McCartney.

Watch Milo Greene perform on Conan Jan. 28. Better yet, catch them on their headlining tour in support of Control. Check out the dates below.

February, 10                           Santa Barbara, CA – SOhO            
February, 11                           San Francisco, CA – The Independent     
February, 13                           Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge       
February, 14                           Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl       
February, 15                           Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater   
February, 19                           Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater       
February, 26                           Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room    
February, 27                           Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater            
February, 28                           Kansas City, MO – the recordBar         
March, 01                               St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
March, 03                               Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room               
March, 04                               Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café         
March, 05                               Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall                        
March, 07                               Detroit, MI – Magic Stick                         
March, 08                               Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern                     
March, 10                               Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa     
March, 11                               Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair             
March, 12                               New York NY – Bowery Ballroom
March, 13                               Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
March, 14                               Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
March, 15                               Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel     


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