Milburn was an indie rock band from Sheffield, England that consisted of Joe Carnall, Louis Carnall, Tom Rowley, and Joe Green. They announced they would split on 28 March 2008, with the band playing their final gig at Sheffield's Carling Academy on 24 May 2008.
Milburn's formation came after years of friendship through playing football together. Joe Green started playing the drums and Tom and Louis Carnall both learned to play guitar. The three then decided to form a band, in which they would play cover versions of songs of bands they admired. However the band required a bass player and singer, so they encouraged Louis Carnall's younger brother Joe Carnall to join, despite him not knowing how to sing or play bass.
Milburn started out playing small gigs in front of friends, practising at drummer Joe Green's grandma's house. The origin of their name comes from a bet with a friend whose surname was Milburn.
Emergence and debut album:
The band released their first demo in 2001, titled "Steel Town." The demo was handed out at gigs and to anyone interested in listening. The demo's artwork was simply the band's name in front of the colours blue and white, representing their love for local football team Sheffield Wednesday. The demo contained three tracks, "Steel Town," "High & Dry" and "Tommy."
In 2002 Milburn sold out the The Boardwalk in Sheffield twice and played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Garage in London and The Leadmill in Sheffield, while supporting Tony Wright's band Laika Dog and Cosmic Rough Riders.
The band also helped to raise the profile of their Sheffield counterparts, Arctic Monkeys by inviting them to tour and support them on their 2005 tour.
After releasing two limited singles, "Lipstick Lickin" and "Showroom", on their own label Free Construction, Milburn signed to Mercury Records in 2006. Their debut single for the label, "Send In the Boys", reached number 22 in the official UK Singles Chart in April 2006, and their debut album, Well Well Well, released on the 9 October 2006 on Mercury Records reached number 32 in the official UK Album Chart.
Second album and 2007 UK Tour:
Milburn released their second album These Are the Facts on 24 September 2007, preceded by the first single from the album "What Will You Do (When the Money Goes)?" on 17 September.
Milburn promoted These Are the Facts with an initial UK tour in September 2007 then another tour in November 2007.
As part of the November 2007 tour, the gig at Manchester Metropolitan University's K2 was canceled halfway through after the venue failed to hire a sufficient crowd barrier. This resulted in uncontrollable surges by the crowd, which culminated in an alleged attack on a fan by an event security attendant who then turned on Louis Carnall.
Milburn announced on 28 March 2008 that, after much consideration, they had decided it was time to call it a day. They said there had been no falling out in the band and they still remained friends and supporters of each other as they explore new musical horizons.
The band played two final gigs, at the ABC Glasgow on 22 May and the Carling Academy Sheffield on 24 May 2008 as well as releasing two outtakes from These Are the Facts, "The District Line" and "Stay At Home".
After the split, Louis Carnall became a member of electro band Lords of Flatbush with ex Arctic Monkey Andy Nicholson and Sheffield based singer Steve Edwards, however he is no longer a member. Tom Rowley was a member of Reverend and the Makers. Tom Rowley and Joe Green were members of The Backhanded Compliments and remain in its current incarnation Dead Sons. Joe Carnall has a band called The Book Club, Formally Called Joe Carnall And The Book Club and has also joined Reverend and the Makers.
Joe Carnall (vocals/bass),
Louis Carnall (vocals/rhythm),
Tom Rowley (lead guitar),
Joe Green (drums)