London – Anti-folk revivalists, The Milk Carton Kids, release their new album, Monterey, through Anti- on May 18, 2015. The two years since their breakthrough album, The Ash & Clay have been significant ones for the band; gaining recognition that has included a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Folk Album’ and winning ‘Group of the Year’ at the 2014 Americana Music Awards.
The Milk Carton Kids are Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale: two guitars, two voices, two suits and one microphone –looking like they stepped off the stage at some 50s Greenwich Village cellar. However, their sound reflects a thoroughly modern sensibility; a dark lyricism that beats against the intense beauty of their voices.
The new album, Monterey, is now being streamed HERE.
It’s a sound that strikes a nerve with disaffected teenagers hearing it for the first time and with older folks, nostalgic for both the harmonies of the Everly’s and the sardonic wit of the Smothers. Featured in the Coen Brothers’ 2014 concert documentary, “Another Day/Another Time,” The Milk Carton Kids’s folk hymn “Snake Eyes” brings tears to the eyes of Marcus Mumford and a smile to T. Bone Burnett, while The Milk Carton Kids’ interview segments provide a hilarious levity to a genre, beset by reverence for the past: