Welcome to the End of the World delivers the Dead Milkmen’s trademark twisted humor along with some underlying dark elements that will creep in to your consciousness if you pay close enough attention. “You're either going to buy it or not,” warns frontman Rodney Anonymous. “If you don't buy it, don't blame us when you get eaten by wolves, because this EP will be the only thing standing between you and the wolves."
Anonymous, who wrote all of the tracks except the doom-laden “The Coast Is Not Clear,” which was penned by vocalist/guitarist Joe Jack Talcum, says the songs came to him in a series of terrible dreams. “I was having nightmares and getting up in the middle of the night and writing,” he says.
The six tracks run the gamut of weird and wild—from the heavy, Ramones-influenced lead single “Only the Dead Get Off at Kymlinge,” a ghost story about the haunted trains terrorizing passengers on the Stockholm Metro; to “Battery-Powered Rat,” a jangly instrumental about two popes, a chess game, and a rat at the Vatican. (“Battery-Powered Rat is one of the weirdest things we've ever done,” says drummer Dean Clean.)
Musically, the band draws on industrial influences, with a strong beat-driven aesthetic. “It's a pretty good representation of the different styles of things that we do,” Dean Clean explains. “It's got some sort of heavy stuff and some groovy, almost dance-oriented stuff—which is fun to say.”
Welcome to the End of the World was recorded at Sine Studios in Philadelphia and Forge Recording in Oreland, PA, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Avatar Studios in New York City. Following The Giving Groove’s model of donating one half of all profits to music charities, the Dead Milkmen will donate 50 percent of album proceeds to Girls Rock Philly
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Pressed with love at Gotta Groove in Cleveland, OH