Anyone with any knowledge of the “kindie” music genre knows Milkshake is so much more than a delicious dessert. Since 2002, founding members Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl have created a “superstar” kids’ act that has seen the band grow to six members, release 3 albums and a DVD, tour nationwide and acquire quite the loyal fanbase. We first discovered this act on Noggin, and after that, realized they were everywhere – we couldn’t listen to a kids’ music channel or kids’ music podcast without being exposed to their pop/rock fun.
This Tuesday (August 25) marks the release of their fourth CD, “Great Day,” and we had a chance to check it out in advance. This album was produced by Tor Hyams, who has not only worked with artists like Joan Osborne, but is also responsible for bringing the Kidzapalooza stage to Lollapalooza and the Kiddie Limits stage to Austin City Limits.
Milkshake also have brought a few guests to the table this time, including GRAMMY-winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer.
Mostly eschewing silly subjects, Milkshake instead tackles topics like friendship, family, materialism, self-esteem and exploration. Pop-punk songs like “Shake it Up” and “You Did It!” are energy-burners sure to get the fake guitars out and the legs jumping. “Happy Place,” “Statue of Me” and “Sand Castles” are the type of rock-pop that Maia gravitates to and is already singing along with, and the type of tunes made for kindie fans. “I Love You” is a simple ballad destined to be repurposed by adult fans as bedtime lullaby .
My personal favorite is “When I’m Old,” a twangy, bluegrass ode to grandma that shows off the quality musicianship brought to this project. I also enjoyed “”Dance in the Sun,” a jazz-pop ditty celebrating world travel. My wife’s favorite was the blues-tinged, food-themed “Recipe,” sure to be a future kindie classic.
This is a band that doesn’t shy away from one genre, and will keep kids AND parents interested for just that reason. When it was time to go back to Daddy’s music, Maia wasn’t having it, and that is usually the official seal of approval from this young tot.
Win a copy of “Great Day”!
This is my first giveaway here on the Island! Here’s how to win:
1. Become a fan of Milkshake on the band’s Facebook page.
2. Choose your favorite song from their Music Player.
3. Send it along as a comment to me below.
4. That’s it!