Milo Greene happy to play Metro Saturday for sold out show
By Matthew Schwerha March 18, 2013 5:00PM
Milo Green with Said the Whale and Stars
The Metro, 3730 N. Clark
Updated: March 18, 2013 5:00PM
With an abundance of sounds coming from any one of the band members at any time, the genre Milo Greene fits into is deserving of a unique name.
“Someone once said Americana dream pop,” said Graham Fink, one of the four lead vocalists in the band. “We’ve decided to go with that.”
The members of Milo Greene range from the ages of 23 to 28 and all hail from the West coast. The name, Milo Greene comes from a pseudonym that the band used to contact promoters and venues to land gigs in their early days.
In addition to vocals, Fink also plays the guitar, bass and keyboards. Robbie Arnett goes from vocals to guitar to keyboard to percussion. Andrew Heringer plays mandolin, violin, banjo, guitar and bass in addition to vocals and Marlana Sheetz plays keyboard, bass and guitar in addition to her vocals.
Curtis Marrero sticks to percussion, but brings many different forms at any given time.
“It’s a collective band,” Fink said. “We like to think of the music having a visual quality to it and painting aesthetic with the sound.”
In late 2012, the band made a few stops on the late-night circuit, promoting the release of their album.
“It was really surreal,” Fink said. “With Letterman, we didn’t sleep. We had to drive straight from D.C. to get there. Pulled an all-nighter to get to it. Conan was really fun and on Leno we had some friends from other bands singing in the background as a choir. Those things are surreal. We have been watching those shows our whole lives.”
Fink began playing guitar when he was around 10 years old and joined his first band when he was 16.
“It’s been something for the long haul,” Fink said. “At some point I realized I wasn’t going to be a professional soccer player, so I needed to get serious on the music.”
Milo Greene formed in 2010, when things just fell into place.
“We were all playing different projects,” Fink said. “Robbie and Andrew knew one another through college. Robbie and Curtis’ old band and my old band had all played shows together.”
Now, Milo Greene will be coming to Chicago to play a sold out show at the Metro with Stars Saturday, March 23 — something Fink said he has been looking forward to for some time.
“I’m really looking forward to playing the Metro,” Fink said. “I walked by it and it will be really nice to get to play there.”
Previous to their upcoming show, Milo Greene has made stops in Chicago at Lincoln Hall, The Vic and Lollapalooza.
“We definitely indulge in some deep-dish pizzas,” Fink said. “Spent a good amount of time walking around Lincoln Park eating.”