The charming and sonically affable local outfit Milk at Midnight celebrates the release of â€œLess Love More Acidâ€ (Stars/No Stars Records) tonight, the trioâ€™s second full-length. The classic-rock-inspired indie popâ€”thatâ€™s saying bubblegum with riffsâ€”bounces along in an even more psychedelic way this time around, but not at the expense of the bandâ€™s endearing youthfulness and tendency to lean towards the dramatic. But the ability to pull off both a dark-edged indie-rock song like â€œKristol Ballâ€ and an acoustic-guitar-led song like â€œSticks in My Stomachâ€ is impressive; the albumâ€™s title track, probably the best song of the collection, has a driving intensity that could for sure inspire a room. A â€œLess Love More Acidâ€ mantra might not be a super hard sell with the kids, either. (Tom Lynch)
December 12 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3600, at 10pm. $8.
I appreciate Mr. Lynch actually listening to the record, unlike the person at another local weekly who suspects “that deep in their hearts theyâ€™d really like to be Kiss.” Really? That’s what you heard when you listened to this record? I can’t think of a band I’d least like to have referenced in a review than Kiss.