The Milton Underground – Quiet Exits

18th January 2024 · 2020s, 2024, Music, Postpunk

This record, championed by my fellow music scribe Ged Babey, sounds so familiar, touching so many bases from my punk past, yet also sounds fresh. And that’s because, while it’s true that these musicians are no spring chickens, this is a new release.

The Milton Underground are “a new band of old timers” as Babey calls them. And he should know: he’s been following them in one form or another for 35 years.

They are all veterans from the unsung music scene of Portsmouth – Simon Holliday, Steve Duffield, Pete Hutchinson, Matt Loten and Mike Tiley-Evill – where Babey also resides.

He tells me that Duffield and Hutchinson were once the rhythm section of a locally celebrated group called The Mild-Mannered Janitors: an excellent name but one I feel may have doomed them to be denied the mainstream fame and fortune that has eluded them for so long.

Duffield has also performed with Steve Mason and The Beta Band, among others. And that’s about as much as I can tell you about them, except to suggest you give them a listen.