National Service Share New Song ‘Milktooth’

A punchy, dynamic return from the three-piece...

London based three-piece National Service have shared new single ‘Milktooth’.

The band formed in 2015, brought together by the gravitational pull around South London academic institute Goldsmiths. Since then, they’ve hit the ground running – snapped up by key indie label Fierce Panda, their 2017 single ‘A Little More Time’ became a fan favourite.

Lauded by 6Music’s very own Steve Lamacq, National Service have pushed their way through the pandemic, using music as a means of holding it all together. New song ‘Milktooth’ was informed by aspects of mental health, a punchy return that will resonate with many.

National Service comment…

“’Milktooth’ was the first in a rush of songs written after I was signed off on mental health leave from my job as a teacher. Sometimes songs need teased out and cajoled into existence but ‘Milktooth’ came forth with the force of something that needed to be said. It was more or less the finished form within a day, which rarely happens.”

“I think the chorus lyric is pretty self-explanatory and when I took it to the band to deconstruct and reconstruct it, there was a clear sense that we all resonated with the themes in some manner. It totally epitomises that time in my memory – whenever I listen to it, I’m drawn back to days staring at the wall wondering what to do with my life. It manages to encapsulate that inner storm perfectly – at times it’s aggressive and tenacious at other points it’s subdued and reflective.”

“What’s more, is that when we made the decision to record and mix it all ourselves (mainly due to financial circumstances) it became a testament to the learning journey we’d been on as a band. I think artists tend to shy away from these things for fear of coming across as arrogant or uncool, but for what it’s worth, I think it’s an absolute quality song; one which we’re all very proud of.”

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