The We Shared Milk – Live from the Banana Stand 2014 will be available as a CD Baby download sticker at the record’s June 27th release event at Mississippi Studios, which also features And And And and The Tamed West. The record will be released all the places on July 14th. Until then, enjoy the preview track, “Gross Deathbeds.”
Between 2007 and 2014, The We Shared Milk played 218 shows. They made several good records, including an EP, Suh, and LP, Lame Sunset, which I count among my favorite releases since I’ve been in Portland. The band’s final effort, a single called Almost Forgot, also qualifies for that list. I will always, always listen to these records.
The We Shared Milk worked with us on four live albums. They are the only band to do four records here. I hope our favoritism has been clear. At their best, I enjoyed no live show in town more than The We Shared Milk’s. Their heavier songs always pounded — a credit to the band’s excellent rhythm section of Eric Ambrosius and Travis Leipzig. And, few frontmen were more credible than Boone Howard, who not only looked the part, but had an irreverent, charming stage presence and was capable of delivering some of the city’s best guitar solos. The Milk were always best as a four-piece, and Henry Gibson made this 2013-2014 version of the band our favorite iteration yet.
The We Shared Milk played a lot of shows and made a lot of records. They worked really hard. Stories of the group’s commitment are well known. They made many friends — I think because of the great things they made, and how they had to work to make them, and how idealistic they stayed while doing so. Then, in the summer of 2014, we heard that The We Shared Milk was coming to an end, and it felt like part of our youth in Portland music was coming to an end as well.
Boone Howard’s new band played its first show at a prestigious Rontom’s Sunday Session in May, 2015. With the foundation of long-time TWSM stalwarts Ambrosius and Leipzig and the additions of Casey Burge (Minden), Ryan Neighbors (Hustle & Drone), Michael Finn, and Leo London (both of The Domestics), Howard had created the super-est supergroup in recent Portland memory and one with a shocking amount of scene talent. It was an event not to be missed, and the audience was a who’s-who of Portland music.
When the band took the stage, the excitement was apparent. Burge and Finn, who flanked Howard on stage, thrashed about with their guitars and sang along to seemingly every lyric. According to Finn, they did so because they’re fans first and bandmates second and playing with one of their favorite bands is one of the best things they could ever get to do.
By the set’s end it was clear that this would be appointment viewing for those in-the-know about Portland music for some time to come. It was clear as well that The We Shared Milk had become one of the most-beloved bands in Portland, and one if its most important voices. I’m thankful they are. They’ve always done it the right way, and they deserve it.
The We Shared Milk is one of the first Portland bands I ever loved. Their Banana Stand releases are some of those I have been most proud of. I count myself lucky to be their friend and to be their fan and to have watched the band and its members grow. I look forward to seeing what’s next for each of them. I know it will be some of the best of what Portland has to offer.
The We Shared Milk – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on April 19th, 2014 at Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was recorded and mixed by Adam Harney and mastered by Chris Vita. Dane Brist produced art for the album, which includes original photography from Banana Stand staff. Videos of The We Shared Milk’s performance at Banana Stand feature footage from camera operators Michael McInerney, Darren Hartman, Tyler Bertram, and Nick Gattman, and were directed and edited by Michael McInerney. Banana Stand would like to thank The We Shared Milk (Boone Howard, Eric Ambrosious, Travis Leipzig, and Henry Gibson), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.