Preview: Milkman and the Jugs at the Hi-Fi

Local Act Milkman and the Jugs Comes to Indy’s Hi-Fi on January 19th

Time for a little local flavor this week. So, without further ado, introducing Milkman and the Jugs! Like many products of Indy’s native music scene, they’ve yet to enter the mainstream, but it’s always good to support the home team. So head down to Fountain Square this Saturday, the 19th of January, and catch them live.

A Brief History

Milkman and the Jugs formed in 2018. While they haven’t been on the scene long, they’ve already racked up a number of liver performances. Among them, a performance at Broadripple’s Vogue Theater plus numerous other venues around town.

Their Sound

In terms of their sound, Milkman and the Jugs have actually crafted something rather unique. While a friend of the band describes them as “punk rock crossed with the Allman Brothers”, what they actually have is closer to southern rock crossed with funk. Obviously, this is not a combination that most people would think off. Even the geographical associations of the two genres are opposites, with one being very rural and the other very urban. Even so, Milkman the Jugs have made it work.

The basis of their sound is the interplay between the lead singer’s expansive, country-style vocals and the lead and second bass. Unlike say, Joy Division, the bass isn’t the lead instrument but it does play a very important role in creating the band’s sound. Generally, the bass rolls around on the upper end of its range, giving it an very 80s feel. Largely, the bass shapes the melodies that both the vocals and the guitar follow. The result is rhythmic and driving, but not blistering and favors smoothness over intensity.

The vocals do sound quite a bit like the Allman Brothers, albeit sung at a slower tempo and with an expanded range. This creates a full, almost resounding vocal style that easily keeps up with the instrumentation.

So, bottom line, if you’re into energetic, danceable riffs and big vocals, this is a show worth checking out.

So, as always. The venue is the Hi-Fi, door’s at 8:00PM.

See you there!

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