For every Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley and Nancy Sinatra, there are at least 47 James McCartneys – children of musicians standing precisely a snowball’s chance in Trump’s apocalypse of becoming as successful as their celebrated parent.
Lucky for Millions then that their, um, ‘Lucky’ EP is something of an alt-pop banger, steering them firmly down the Wainwright/Buckley/Sinatra file. Featuring the drumming and guitaring sons of Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook, a certain amount of the melodic sparkle and off-centre new wave wonkiness has clearly rubbed off, as ‘Lock And Key’ wobbles rather magnificently along with singer Dom Haddad making a fine fist of sounding like Orlando Weeks fronting a wiry post-punk band from 1978.
A swoony ballroom-punk chorus rubs up against a cranky middle-eight as Haddad relates the sorry tale of a doormat boyfriend having several tonnes of emotional shit wiped all over him by an uncaring partner – hence the retro video of 1960s puppeteers staging a puppet catwalk show. The whole thing oozes with a very Australian sense of pop subterfuge (Millions formed in Brisbane three years ago), and while they’re not yet in the realm of ‘Poses’, ‘Grace’ or “are you ready, boots?”, Millions are showing the sort of signs of promise of which Kelly Osbourne can only dream.
Millions release their Lucky EP on 25 August via Well Suspect Records and it will be available at all the usual online outlets. 'Lock and Key' is the instant grat track and the lead single will be out on 11 August.
Aug 25 The Dublin Castle, London (EP Launch)
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