The Hotrats, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey, released their Nigel Godrich-produced covers album ‘Turn Ons’ this year, and in anticipation of a new 3CD/DVD box set 10th anniversary edition, out on June 19th, the band jumped in the studio and recorded a version of Kelis’ classic Milkshake.
Gaz Coombes explains: “The Hotrats was all about freedom to experiment, about exploring our own surreal psychedelic tendencies in a studio while celebrating the music that shaped our worlds growing up. And just to have some fun with great music in the mould of classics like Bowie’s ‘Pin Ups’ or Lennon & Nilsson’s ‘Pussy Cats’. They felt like proper records to me, and that’s what we wanted to feel with ‘Turn Ons’, something super creative and exciting.” On the recording of Milkshake, Danny Goffey explains, “We went down to see Nigel at his Brixton studio to chat about the ‘Turn Ons’ release and to listen back to the old multi-track recordings for any outtakes. Sitting around and joking, reliving the memories those tracks brought back, we realised how much we missed that dynamic. We were all having such a good time that we decided to jump on the instruments laying around and record something there and then. That’s how Milkshake came about… Another adventure in the Hotrats world!”
The boys wrap the song up in big riffs and psych pop leanings, with Gaz Coombes vocal its usual majestic self when they hit the chorus. It has a looseness and sense of fun that pretty much draws a smile on yout face for you.
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