2018 has been a busy year for Millie Manders And The Shutup. Following her recent appearances at multiple festivals throughout the year, including Rebellion and Boomtown Festival, the topic of the almost self-titled third EP, ‘Shut Up’, has also been bouncing around the minds of her fans.
It’s clear to see here that Manders is not afraid to speak her mind, with tracks like opener ‘Right To Life’ and ‘Lollipops’ delving into the topics of animal rights and the worldwide refugee crisis. The former of the two is introduced with a crackling vinyl effect and Manders‘ powerful vocal delivery, which is quickly met with the roaring up-tempo brass section and off-beat stabs from the guitar that are only too familiar for any ska punk fan.
Similarly, ‘Lollipops’ is also more leaning towards the rockier elements of this band sound. The opening guitar riff really packs in that punk vibe with its use of distortion and its simplistic nature. The passion that fuels this track can be heard through the vocal performance, with gritty, throat delivered growls creeping their way into the track, bringing the anger in the lyrical content to the forefront.
Taking a slightly more relaxed approach lyrically, we have ‘One That Got Away’. This track packs a fiercely infectious, ear-catchingly melodic chorus as Manders‘ repeats the main hook, “The one that got away.”, which is combined with the ska punk instrumentals that this band’s fanbase has grown to love.
This EP is a clear indicator of a band finding their stride. Intelligent and well-written with something important to say, ‘Shut Up’ is bound to appeal to its target audience whilst grabbing the ears of those within the ska punk scene.