Live Record: The We Shared Milk (2010)

On September 27th, we’re releasing the second live album of one of our favorite bands – The We Shared Milk. The group first performed at The Banana Stand as a two piece [Ed: Nate played on a few songs, so they were sometimes a three-piece], but for this second record, the band expanded by adding two members, making the sounds richer and more dynamically ranged. It’s with great pleasure to share the single off of the upcoming release titled “Modern Man & The Microwave.” Enjoy. -A


I might as well start right off the bat by saying both Louie and I are huge fans of Boone and Eric, the core of The We Shared Milk, not just as musicians, but personally. There’s a lot of bullshit in life, and especially in the arts, and even here in the ironic city we all love of Portland, Oregon. Thankfully, ever since working with The We Shared Milk, everyone involved has been incredible chill with us, honest, and willing to produce music that’s real.


We released the first live album of The We Shared Milk a few months ago, before ever relaunching the new site, and while that first album is a lot of fun, the second record coming out now is better. The added time of being a band, plus the addition of two talented members for that night only, really broaded the sounds of the group. Listen, I think you’ll agree.



You can check out photos of The We Shared Milk from the night of the recording, along with photos of The Woolen Men, who shared the stage that evening, plus an interview with the band that was conducted roughly one year ago. Definitely stream or download the single, “Modern Man & The Microwave,” it’s a great example of the excellent quality of music that will be released in a few weeks, and just another reason why The We Shared Milk is one of my favorite bands.





There are very few bands that I’ve seen live more often than The We Shared Milk. No matter where I see them play, their set makes my evening. Their sound and presence perfectly suit both house venues like PALS and The Badlands and larger, professional rooms like the Doug Fir (where were very pleased to see them get a slot in a MFNW showcase with Youth, And And And and Helio Sequence). Every time I’ve seen the band play live their performance has been worth seeing. Check them out live sometime, I highly recommend it.


As recorded November 27th, 2010, The We Shared Milk were Boone Howard, Eric Ambrosius, Nate Sickler and Danny Felts. We feel particularly lucky to have captured this lineup. Sickler, who still lives in the band’s hometown of Talkeenta, Alaska, and was visiting Portland for this and other shows, absolutely shreds on tracks like Butcher and Modern Man & the Microwave. Though I always feel lucky to see The We Shared Milk, I feel especially lucky when he’s in town to play with the band — he’s a truly excellent lead guitarist (see also “Rats in the Riffraff“). Felts, whose skilled bass work is integral to these lives tracks, left the band a few months after this show to focus on stand-up comedy. With Sickler and Felts, The We Shared Milk for the first time had a full line-up (the first time in my experience with them, at least). It was a great line-up, and it produced a great live album.


Then, as now, Howard and Ambrosius formed the core of The We Shared Milk. Outside of anything else, as long as these two are playing together there will always be great potential in this band. Ambrosius, who also plays with World’s Greatest Ghosts, captivates as much with his phenomenal drum performance as he does with his dynamic, kinetic on-stage performances. Ambrosius really must be seen live (we hope to help with this in the coming months with several videos from the Milk’s recent set at the PALS Payback Party). Howard is, quite simply, one of the most effortless frontmen I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen anyone that seems as comfortable performing and leading a band (anyone, at least, outside of major-label bands like Portugal. The Man, whom Howard toured with for years as a sound engineer). Howard is the perfect post-hipster frontman — though coolness isn’t a priority, his coolness is inescapable. Howard’s charisma and Ambrosius’s infectious energy make The We Shared Milk a band to watch, in our opinion.


The We Shared Milk recently posted to their Facebook profile that they were hoping someone would pay them money so that they could quit their straight gigs and rock full time. If anyone has the means, I entreat you — do this thing. We’ve already been looking forward to hearing what the Milk put together now that Boone is off the road. The more time The We Shared Milk have to rock the better off we’ll all be.





The We Shared Milk – Live from the Banana Stand 2010 was recorded in front of a live audience on November 27th, 2010 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Alex Arrowsmith. Brian David Smith handled design and layout for album art, which includes original photography from various ‘Standers and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank The We Shared Milk (Boone, Eric, Nate, Danny) and all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.


Find more about The We Shared Milk on Bandcamp, Facebook and Myspace.