Q&A Scene: Milan Milutinovic – New Savages

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

‘I lost my Little Girl’ is a new single off our upcoming EP. We’re doing a huge national tour in support of it. We’ll basically be on the road until mid May crossing every state except for NT. We have about 33 shows booked for it

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?  

The new single, I lost My Little Girl. I was in the studio today doing the final mix on it and I think it’s the best song we’ve put together.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

We sound like a beef brisket that’s been in your fridge for a few days.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

We ate the worst burgers driving through Yass on the road to somewhere else. We now call all bad food on the road a Yassburger.

What, or who, inspires you?

Mississippi Fred McDowell. I always look to his guitar tone and slide style for everything I do as a standard to compare to. Our homegrown Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk as well – I always try to keep my bass playing thumb as steady as his. That’s just a few for my guitar playing.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I’d really like to write something like Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. He actually took most of that song from an old song called Crescent city blues. I like to take old and forgotten music and make it culturally relevant and interesting again.

What’s next for you?

We’ll release our third EP in the middle of the year after our giant tour. Then go on another big tour. We’re hoping to get to the UK sometime this year but that might just be a pipe dream. If you see me with a pint in my hand I’ll tell you we’re definitely going to the UK though.

What’s your scene?

Listening to old blues and country records from the Depression era with other music nerds.

The New Savages had a huge 2016. They recorded and released their second EP “Down The River Blues” which was nominated for the best blues album by The Age & Music Victoria. That record was #4 for three weeks straight on the AMRAP’s regional charts. They played over 100 shows together. They did three national tours of Australia. They played every festival they could – St Kilda Festival, White Night, Melbourne Music Week, and many others. They did live interviews on every Community Radio station in every nook and cranny in this big country that they could find – and then a few national ones like the ABC.

They topped off the end of 2016 with a week in the studio recording their third EP. They are about to release it’s lead single off at the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick, Melbourne on February 17. Then they’ll be doing a 33 date national tour which sees them off to every state in the country except for NT and has them busy until the end of May.

Their new single “I Lost My Little Girl” is another classic blues song. Built on the storytelling ability of Lead Singer Milan Milutinovic’s dark baritone vocals, his signature 30’s delta blues guitar style sits nicely next to Nathan Power’s jazzily shuffled drums.

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