Milton Man Gogh’s new LP, ‘How To Be Big & Small (At The Same Time)’, drops on June 21st via Art As Catharsis.
Milton Man Gogh’s second LP, ‘How to be Big and Small (at the Same Time)‘ is arriving June 21st through the experimental-underground folks over at Art As Catharsis. The last time we heard from these three lads – saxophonist Andrew Saragossi, upright bassist Zac Sakrewski – drummer/percussionist Benjamin Shannon– was their cheeky ‘XXXX Bitter Irony‘ single from 2018, yet they’re still seizing the day and not slowing down. With these ten new tracks set to make for another measured yet fun and crazed experimental jazz outing that’ll coalesce the trio’s love of various metal, experimental and progressive artists and genres closely together; diversifying things further with new collaborations (like guitarist Toby Wren) and creating what may very well be their most compelling work thus far.
“To be honest, we’ve always had a bit of a running joke that we don’t really know what we are, genre wise – too jazz to be math rock and too math to be jazz. Not metal enough and so on,” states Zac. He continues, elaborating on their musical journey and song-writing intent.
“Because of that, we think a lot of that comes down to what we have listened to, how we interact together and our past experiences. I think those styles are great and there are so many innovators out there, but if there was one thing a lot of bands from those styles are missing, it’s balance. You can’t veil an average song in technicality and call it great, much like you can’t take a great song and play it to the point where the meaning is obscured, too many of the same tones and ideas for my liking too. There is a fine duality to all that I feel we are still figuring out ourselves. The journey is a lot of fun though!”
Brisbane’s “greatest avant-bogan jazz trio”, as the band so labels themselves, are both precise and expressive, which makes them one of the better young experimental ensembles going right now in Australia. Yet they’re not scared to do something new, as per their upcoming album’s wonderful titular track. A dark and moody minimal jazz-piece, that’s as beautiful as it is haunting, it shows that the three-piece aren’t afraid of keeping people guessing and opening themselves to collaborations – as guest vocalist Kristin Berardi shines throughout – to explore their textured jazz sound even further. Take a listen to the the titular ‘How To Be Big & Small (At The Same Time)‘ below, friends.
Milton Man Gogh will also be hitting the road this June & July with some good friends in support of their new album – all dates below & support lists here.
27 June – JMI Live – BRISBANE
29 June – Banshees Bar – IPSWICH
30 June – The Shared – PALMWOODS
2 July – Bohemian Grove – SYDNEY
3 July – Junction 102 – KATOOMBA
4 July – Smith’s Alternative – CANBERRA
6 July – MONA – HOBART
7 July – Kettering Music Hall – KETTERING
10 July – Brunswick Green – BRUNSWICK
11 July – Jazzlab – MELBOURNE
13 July – Petersham Bowls Club – SYDNEY
20 July – Nambour Winter Jazz Festival, Nambour
25 July – Doo Bop, Brisbane