Milestones Red Light Interview

End Game

Milestones are an alternative, pop punk band based out of Manchester, England. They consist of Matt Clarke (Vocals), Drew Procter (Guitar), Mark Threlfall (Bass) and Eden Leviston (Guitar).

After  signing with Fearless Records, the band released their debut album "Red Lights" on 23rd February 2018 to huge critical acclaim. Now the band are ready to takeover the world.

I recently talked to Mark Threlfall (bass) about their debut album, puppies, and their newfound success. 

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"Ultimately we went with the songs that we believed represented us sonically and what we could see standing the test of time. We couldn’t be more proud of how Red Lights turned out!"

 1)      Firstly I would just like to say congrats on your debut full-length record! What are some of the greatest lessons that you have learned throughout the recording process that you will take into your future experiences compared to your debut EP “Equal Measures”?

Thank you very much! I think we learned to be okay with taking our time to perfect something. Creating Red Lights was a long journey for us but being able to sit back and listen fills us with an immense sense of pride. It was totally worth all the work!

 2)      I interviewed you guys a couple of years back when your debut EP “Equal Measures” had just released and you guys were already working on new music. How did you whittle the track list down on “Red Lights” to just 11? Was it THE hardest decision you’ve ever had to make in your life? 

It was incredibly hard to try and get that list right down to the 11 that made the record. Ultimately we went with the songs that we believed represented us sonically and what we could see standing the test of time. We couldn’t be more proud of how Red Lights turned out! 

 3)      Milestones are currently signed to Fearless Records which sounds like a match made in heaven, how did this come about?

We were introduced to Fearless by a friend of the band who believed that the first set of songs we had written had potential. We never thought they’d reply to an email, never mind sign us and do the incredible things they have for us! 

I think as individuals we all push ourselves in our everyday lives in a number of different ways. We’re all incredibly driven people and are always looking to try and achieve new things and better ourselves. "

 4)      Red Lights is an album about pushing yourself. Whether that be pushing yourself physically or creatively. Apart from Milestones, when have you pushed yourself the hardest?

I think as individuals we all push ourselves in our everyday lives in a number of different ways. We’re all incredibly driven people and are always looking to try and achieve new things and better ourselves. 

 5)      Last time I spoke to you guys, you were on a mission to take over the world. Now you have your first album under your belt, have you still got that drive to take you on? Or is the pressure off a little now?

We’re still just as driven as we were the last time we spoke for sure! All we want to do is have this record put in front of as many people as physically possible.

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"In our previous bands we all kind of felt like we were the main driving force of it all and it was all on us to make things happen. When we came together it became incredibly clear that we all wanted this just as much as each other."

 

6)      Quite a simple question for you guys next, how did you meet? And what made you want to form a band? 

We all met with intentions of starting this band! In our previous bands we all kind of felt like we were the main driving force of it all and it was all on us to make things happen. When we came together it became incredibly clear that we all wanted this just as much as each other.

 7)      Who were some of your musical influences growing up? Has making the style of music you create changed your musical tastes?

I think this would differ from member to member. I listened to a mix of everything growing up and it’s definitely affected the way I play today! I think playing this style of music has put me a lot more in touch with bands similar to us, but I’ve always had a mixed bag of a music taste! 

 "Our live set is something we’ve always given a lot of thought and tried to master. We always decide based on the type of show we’re playing; for festivals its gotta be high energy, if you only get 30 minutes you want people to not be able to take their eyes off you the whole time! "


8)      Now you’re starting to hit the big time, do you have anything crazy on your rider to reflect this? Any just brown M&M’s or anything like that?

You know, we actually don’t have anything completely strange on our riders. We’re your beer/water/snacks sorta guys for the most part. Although I might try and throw a puppy on the rider one time and see if I get away with it!

 9)      If you HAD to choose your favourite album of all time what would you choose?

Mayday Parade - A Lesson In Romantics. Completely timeless record, will always be absolutely incredible!

 10)  You guys are currently in the middle of a UK tour that will see you play Slam Dunk on all three dates. How do you decide which songs go on the set-list and which are your personal Fav’s to play live? 

Our live set is something we’ve always given a lot of thought and tried to master. We always decide based on the type of show we’re playing; for festivals its gotta be high energy, if you only get 30 minutes you want people to not be able to take their eyes off you the whole time! 
My personal favourites to play live right now are Bittersweetheart, Against The World & Liar. All of the songs from the album have been great to play though to be fair!