Milltown Brothers

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Milltown Brothers
Milltown Brothers performing at the best of Burnley Festival in 2015.
Background information
Origin Colne, Lancashire, England
Genres Indie
Labels A&M
Associated acts The Rubbish, The Word Association
Members Matt Nelson
Simon Nelson
James Fraser
Barney Williams
Nian Brindle

Milltown Brothers are an English Indie band from Colne, Lancashire.


Their first release, in 1989, was the "Coming From The Mill" EP which became single of the week in the NME magazine, and featured the songs "Roses", "We've Got Time" and "Something On My Mind". The same publication tipped Milltown Brothers for stardom in the 1990s, along with The Hoovers, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, The Charlatans, The Mock Turtles and New Fast Automatic Daffodils.[1]

The band's second indie single was "Which Way Should I Jump", with "Silvertown" as the B-side. After the band signed to A&M Records worldwide in 1990, "Which Way Should I Jump?" was re-recorded and charted in the UK Singles Chart at number 38,[2] and reached number 10 in the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock chart.

An album, called Slinky, followed. It peaked at number 27 in the UK Albums Chart.[2] The next single released from the album was "Here I Stand", which was also used as the theme tune for the television programme, Preston Front. It peaked at number 41 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] They were supported on the tour to promote this album by the Beware the Green Monkey, fronted by Bruce Thomas with Paul Chapman on bass.

In 1993 the band released the album Valve. It was not as successful as Slinky and they left the A&M label. It took ten years for the band to work together again, but in March 2004, they released their third studio album, Rubberband, which was released on their own label and made available at their website.

In 2015 Milltown Brothers released their new album Long Road in the summer of 2015 it was released on their own record label.

Fraser has also played bass in Jay Diggins' band and is frontman of Greenheart, a band from Lancaster.[3][4]




  • Slinky (1991) (#27 UK)
  • Valve (1993)
  • Rubberband (2004)
  • The best of (2009) (unofficial)
  • Long Road (2015)


Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Mod Rock
1989 "Coming From The Mill 1989" (UK only) singles only
"Which Way Should I Jump?" (UK only)
1990 "Seems to Me" (UK only) Slinky
"Apple Green" 82
1991 "Which Way Should I Jump?" 38 10
"Here I Stand" (UK only) 41
"Sally Ann" (Non-UK)
"Apple Green (Dave Meegan Remix)" 43
1993 "Turn Off" (UK only) 55 Valve
"It's All Over Now Baby Blue" (UK only) 48
"Sleepwalking" (UK only)
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 463. CN 5585. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 368. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Two bands, one heart". Lancaster Guardian. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "New album is psychedelic, funk-fuelled indie goodness". Lancaster Guardian. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Milltown Brothers - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Milltown Brothers - US Alternative Songs". Retrieved 28 February 2016. 

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