One of the brightest emerging bands on the UK’s punk scene are preparing for a tour which could see their career step up a notch.
Millie Manders And The Shutup, who play an irresistible brand of high-octane ska-punk which will make you dance your Doc Martens off, are embarking on a 15-date spring tour.
The Silent Screams tour starts in Norwich on April 3, and ends in Kingston on April 25, covering most of our major cities in-between, and a few less obvious towns too.
It’s a chance to see this most addictive of bands before they break out of the DIY circuit and head for greater things.
London-born Millie Manders, who fronts the band, has a rich background in classical, big band jazz and contemporary music ranging from punk to soul and back again, and as well as possessing a tremendous vocal range she plays clarinet, saxophone and ukulele.
She and her band create cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyrics that poke fun, draw you in or leave you questioning social norms, teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, they churn out raw punk fusion with a huge amount of pop appeal.
Their influences range from Skunk Anansie and Rage Against The Machine to No Doubt and Aretha Franklin, so it’s clear they worship at a broad musical church.
Having had various musical projects, most notably in emo/indie-pop band Second Sense, Millie launched her solo career in 2013, taking her acoustic sound around the UK, building her loyal fan-base and releasing her first EP, Demon.
In 2015 she formed her band The Shutup, and released two more EPs, The Free-P and Obsession Transgression, both to widespread critical acclaim. The following year saw them complete a UK tour and play at several major festivals, including Boom Town Fair and London International Ska Festival.
2017 brought their first appearance on the Rebellion Introducing stage at the famous Blackpool punk festival. That was so successful they were invited back in 2018, to appear on the main Empress Ballroom stage, as well as releasing a fourth EP, Shutup, on Bad Granola Records.
They performed at Rebellion for the third year in a row last year, and have been confirmed for a fourth appearance this year, as well as embarking on the ‘Silent Scream’ tour, which suggests new music in the offing.
Millie Manders’ star is certainly in the ascendancy, and these shows might be the last time you get to see MMATSU in venues of this size.
MMATSU are Millie Manders (vocals/alto sax & ukulele), James Pendle (guitar), Georgina Boreham (bass), Alessandro Vitiello (drums) and Dom Walker (tenor sax).