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Today we’re chatting with Baltimore based band The Milestones. The Maryland quartet have recently found their way onto the Baltimore circuit. They formed in Germantown, but soon after stumbled upon a scene thirty minutes north in colonial Frederick. Limited to a handful of cafes and bars on the city’s main street, they began to branch out in hopes of reaching a wider audience. Recently, they moved to Baltimore, making the rounds at various concert venues and occasionally trickling into DC and Virginia’s circle of musicians as well.
The Milestones—self-proclaimed indie-dance rockers looking for cheap thrills and parlor tricks—consists of high school friends Alexander Wandres, Christopher Metz, Tyler Hayes, and John Love. In the last year, the band has undergone a few lineup changes, but the current members have been playing together for just over a month now.
Photo courtesy of The Milestones
Upon first listen, the band shares a striking resemblance to Kings of Leon—a comparison which they hear often. As expected, the foursome draws significant influence from the southern rocker, mimicking their alternative and bluesy sound. Aside from their obvious inspirations, the members of The Milestones have varying tastes that present themselves across their discography.
Vocalist and guitarist Wandres pulls influence from The Strokes, while Metz calls upon techniques from ambient rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and punk bands like Taking Back Sunday and Blink 182. This eclectic mix of shines through on the band’s latest release, “Honey,” a four track EP written over the course of several months.
Photo courtesy of The Milestones
Although “Honey,” has only just recently been introduced to the public, The Milestones have plans to head back into the studio to record a new track, which they expect to release as a single in the coming months. In the meantime, they plan to dedicate as much time as possible to playing local shows and establishing a name for themselves in the Baltimore area. The group is also working on sharing their work with record labels, and they hope to find a home for their songs soon. Looking forward, they intend to drive north and play a string of east coast dates in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.
But enough words, have a listen for yourself!
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on The Milestones!
0:00 Introducing The Milestones
1:47 Edgar Allan Poe – The Milestones
5:29 UFO – The Milestones
8:04 Shadow Enemies – The Milestones
12:04 True Love Never Waits – The Milestones
15:41 Mic Break
15:56 Interview with Christ Metz of The Milestones
31:05 Mic Break
32:06 Ohio – The Milestones
35:41 Apple Tree – The Milestones
39:48 Girl from the Golden Coast – The Milestones
43:31 Rain Gorilla – The Milestones
46:57 In Letters – The Milestones
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