Hot Milk Wants You To Answer ‘A CALL TO THE VOID’ [Q&A] | THE NOISE


It might feel like a long time coming, but Hot Milk always knew that when the time came to make their debut album, A CALL TO THE VOID, they had to be ready for it. Set for release on August 25, the upcoming body of work will be their loudest statement yet of who they are and what they stand for – an opportunity to show the world what they are made of.

The UK-based band, comprised of singer/guitarists Jim Shaw and Hannah “Han” Mee, has blossomed over the course of three stellar self-produced EPs. This constant stream of releases has meant that they were never away from the spotlight – or the stages they call home. Their accelerating rise has now taken them to stadium support slots with Foo Fighters, the main stages of some of the best festivals globally, an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, tours with bands like Pale Waves, sold out headlining shows, and over 50 million streams of their EPs alone. Crucially, however, they gave themselves space to find themselves as artists.

The band recorded the album between Manchester, Los Angeles, and Stockholm, with the band's very own Jim Shaw at the producing helm for most of the record, much like all previous releases – an element that has become so important to the band, allowing them to control exactly who they want to be as artists.

Tracks on their debut album walk a tightrope between the humorous and the serious, brimming with what might be called “positive nihilism.” They’re not so much finding the light in the dark as they are laughing. Because if they don’t, they’ll cry. However, the most important thing for the band is that these songs are written to scream from the stage speakers and for their refrains to be screamed back at by the adoring, tight-knit community they’ve built.

The Noise had the chance to sit down and chat with the dynamic duo and further dive into the album’s meaning, their favorite music moments, and how the art of making an album isn’t dead.