Milestones: The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner and Rick & Morty keep them sane during touring. Milestones’ bassist tells Leavers more…

Milestone’s bassist Mark Threlfall tells Student Rag’s Luke Hawkins why a Brit Award wouldn’t cut it with his grandma…

What has the experience been like in the studio putting the album together?
It was an amazing experience. We had the pleasure of doing the record with Phil Gornell in Sheffield and we loved it. There was a really positive atmosphere in the studio throughout the recording process. We definitely felt like we were creating something we were incredibly proud of!

What can we expect from the new album?
Bigger and better music than we’ve ever released. These new songs mean a hell of a lot to all of us. There’s so much to this album and whatever it is people are expecting from Red Lights, I hope they’re not disappointed.

Are there any bands you’ve been listening to a lot lately that may have influenced the sound of the album?
I think Red Lights has a big influence from the whole 2007 era of pop rock/pop punk. There’s elements of bands like Mayday Parade, Every Avenue, & We The Kings in there but at the same time there’s a bit of everything. We all have a very varied taste in music! As for bands I’ve been listening to recently; its been all about the new Don Broco record for me. As well as Slaves, Architects, Heavy Eyes and a lot more!

Is there any band in particular whose success you look at as a target to try and replicate?
I don’t think so. I believe success is a very personal thing in how you view it. The only thing we really want from this album is for people to enjoy it. We love seeing our fans come out to shows and have a good time with us. If this album makes a difference to absolutely anybody and helps them through something, then we’re happy.

Is there any band who you definitely don’t want to replicate?
Amongst all the bands you’ve played with, what has been the best advice or guidance you’ve received?
Speaking to Mayday Parade and Simple Plan throughout our touring with them was definitely a great experience. They really drove home the point of how important it is to work hard. Waiting for something to just come to you isnt going to work. If you want something, get it.

What’s the best advice you could give an upcoming band?
Going back to my previous answer, work hard. Be willing to flyer at shows to make people aware of the band, spend hours and hours on social media sharing your stuff, tweeting people, emailing anybody you see fit. Create a 6 month plan of achievable goals, it’ll boost the bands morale as you start seeing these goals being ticked off. If you do absolutely everything you can on your end, then theres no room for error.

What were you all doing this time 5 years ago?
I genuinely just checked my timehop for this hahahaha. Apparently 5 years ago I was working full time and playing in a metalcore band, wow!

If you had the choice between winning a Brit Award, getting number 1 in the charts or headlining a stage at a festival like Reading and Leeds, which would you go for and why?
Ok thats a tough one. I’d say for me personally, I’d have to go with a number 1 in the charts. It’s just a huge industry recognised thing to top the charts. Plus I feel like that’s the only time my grandma would be impressed with cause she just doesn’t understand music hahaha.

Are there any plans for tours or festivals this year?
We’ve got a couple of things we’re talking about right now. Can’t say too much but we hope to see a lot of you very soon!
If you could design the perfect stage and venue for your music, what would it look like?
If you can just imagine your standard venue, with a Chinese takeaway and a couple of wine bars for good measure and Tuesday written on every wall, there’s our perfect venue.

What sort of routines or rituals do you have when you have a show coming up?
I think we all just try and stay as possible before going on stage. Matt will always be warming up vocally backstage while the rest of us sorta pace about and wait for it to be that time! We always try to not get in our own heads about it too much!

Between the studio and touring, you spend a lot of time with each other, how do you make sure you all get on?
We absolutely rip each other to shreds. Never a moment where somebody isn’t getting a hard time, keeps the balance right.
I think it’s also a great thing that we all have so many things in common aside from the band, we all love watching The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner, Rick and Morty and other shows so we all find ways of getting along and keep ourselves going!

Milestones debut album Red Lights is released on Feb 23rd.
by Luke Hawkins