Temperature’s Rising – album - 2021
News: Temperature’s Rising – the debut album from acoustic duo Milton Hide
January 13, 2021
Album release date: 5th March 2021
Personal, amusing, heart-breaking, making a point, performances from the duo Milton Hide have always been memorable, strong in melody and full of hooks. Storytellers at heart, many of their songs are grounded in traditional English song, whilst others are rooted in other folk traditions, such as Appalachian, Klezmer and popular music. Emerging out of the East Sussex open mic and folk club circuit five years ago, the acoustic duo picked up many plaudits for their debut EP, Little Fish, released in 2018.
Now husband and wife duo, Jim and Josie Tipler, are set to release their first full-length album: Temperature’s Rising. All the songs on the album are self-penned originals that Milton Hide have performed live over the past few years.
Josie Tipler: “The name of the album and title track, Temperature’s Rising, seemed very appropriate when we started to work on the album. Greta Thunberg was making news and climate activists were very prominent in the media. Also, there was a lot of protesting going on – anger over US elections and Brexit. Added to which I was in the midst of menopause and suffering frequent hot flushes. All in all, the temperature was metaphorically and actually rising. Little did we know it was going to be even more appropriate as the global pandemic took hold.”
The line-up of musicians appearing on the album are all people the duo have met through playing live. Being unable to come into the studio because of Covid-19 restrictions, the guest musicians all provided their parts to producer, John Fowler, which he then weaved into the songs utilising his incredible editing skills.
Jim Tipler: “We perform as an acoustic duo but, as with our previous EP release, we made the decision to simply present each song in the way we feel best suits it. For some, this is pretty much as we perform it live, for others, we have given it a full band treatment.”
“We asked John Fowler to record and produce it as we had previously worked well with him on a single, Say It All The Time. We knew John would not be afraid to add instrumentation where required and can also play really well. The advantage of working with other musicians is that they pick up on things in your music that you sometimes don’t notice yourself. We love John’s enthusiasm and amazing attention to detail. It was a great symbiosis and a lot of fun! That said, we had to complete the album, using social distancing – spacing ourselves out in the studio as well as doing some recording ourselves in our home studio.”
Milton Hide are:
Jim Tipler – guitars, vocals and piano
Josie Tipler – vocals, clarinet, cajon and xylophone
The full line-up of album guests is:
John Fowler from Dandelion Charm – engineer/producer and multi-instrumentalist: guitars, bass, keyboards and drums
Clare Fowler from Dandelion Charm – backing vocals
Bruce Knapp from Moltenamba – guitars
Fred Gregory from Hatful of Rain – mandolin
Phil Jones from Hatful of Rain – string bass
Ian McIlroy from Rough Chowder – accordion
Simon Yapp from Ian Roland Subtown Set – Fiddle
Artwork for the album was created by Hastings artist Helen Bryant who uses bright inks and watercolours with pen outlines to produce unique striking imagery.
Album available in CD or digital formats from www.miltonhide.com
Temperature’s Rising – track by track:
1. ‘Temperature’s Rising’ – with a full band this is a rock track that was inspired by the first Women’s March after the inauguration of President Trump and the marches against Brexit, with the popular slogan “Bridges, not walls”
2. ‘A Little Piece Of Mind’ – is an ode to menopause and mid-life crisis.
3. ‘Littlefield’ – was the first single released from the album, late 2020. Whilst walking the dog one dreary depressing evening, Jim spotted a light in the window of a house that had been empty for many months. It cheered him up.
4. ‘Riding The Whale’ – describes Jim’s childhood memories of playing games on the beach with his dad
5. ‘Making Progress’ – a bit of a rant about stresses of the modern world – work, capitalism, the media and politics.
6. ‘Buckle Up’ – inspired by the true story of Sergeant Paul Meyer USAF, who ‘borrowed’ a C130 transport aircraft to fly from England back to his newly-wed wife in Virginia. A tale of extreme love and homesickness.
7. ‘Turnaround’ – the band often get lost and we now see this as a metaphor for our life. You can always change the road you’re on if you think you’re getting nowhere.
8. ‘Something You Don’t See Everyday’ – A social comment on the irony of becoming desensitised to daily horrors served up to us by modern media platforms. (contains a swearword – radio edit available)
9. ‘Spacetime’ – Professor Brian Cox explained the theory of spacetime on a documentary that Jim watched late one night. It made perfect sense after a large glass of Irish whiskey. This is Jim’s memory of the explanation.
10. ‘Say It All The Time’ – describes a black mood walk on the South Downs. Previously released as a single and re-mixed and mastered for the album.
11. ‘The Ghosts Of Milton Hide’ – written as a retrospective warning to our own children to avoid the woods after dark.
12. ‘Took To Wing (Nightingale)’ – an original modern fable about a woman seeking refuge from abuse and finding freedom in the forest. A finale to the album.
Read the full press release:
Say It All The Time - single - 2019
SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 BY DARREN JOHNSON
renowned East Sussex duo Milton Hide release fund-raising single to raise awareness of male suicide
Released: 10th October 2019 (World Mental Health Day) in digital formats
Prompted by a bleak mood that came over him during a walk on the South Downs one day and the subsequent death of a musician friend who had tragically taken his own life, East Sussex-based singer-songwriter, Jim Tipler, was inspired to write a song putting all those feelings into words. Recording it with his wife and musical partner, Josie, the duo joined forces with acclaimed producer and musician, John Fowler, and talented local film-maker, Alex Thomas. Proceeds from sales of the single will go to CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably. CALM is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. They run a confidential advice line seven days a week.
Milton Hide’s Jim Tipler comments:
“The inspiration for Say It All The Time was in fact a short film called ‘Black Tuesday’ which I made for a competition entry a couple of years ago. It was a three-minute long movie of a walk on the South Downs. I was in a very bleak mood and I just started filming what I saw and then came up with a script. I’ve never felt ‘suicidal’ but on that day, for no apparent reason, my mood was very dark. I don’t usually write songs about feelings. They tend to be more kind of story or situation-based but the lyrics of this song tie in quite closely with the script of the movie and speak of how many of us, particularly men, hide our feelings, when actually the ‘brave’ thing to do is to share them. I came up with the idea for turning the script into a song shortly after the shocking news that a fellow musician and friend that I had only recently got to know had taken his own life. This was only a few months after a member of my extended family had done the same.”
“I’m really hoping the record and video boost awareness of what can only be described as an epidemic of male suicide and will maybe raise some money towards running a helpline that could save a life or make life a little more bearable for those who have lost loved ones this way. CALM seemed like a great fit. Josie, my wife and bandmate, and I have three grown-up sons so we are only too painfully aware of the terrible statistics around male suicide.”
Simon Gunning, CEO of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), said:
“As an organisation that has always worked closely with the music community, we’re delighted that Milton Hide have chosen to support CALM with their new single. Music can be a powerful forum for conversation and expression, so it’s great to see the band sharing such a positive message and using their platform to raise awareness of the issue of suicide and of the services that are available to anyone who may be going through a tough time.”
Reflecting on the process of recording the song and filming the accompanying video, Jim, comments:
“John Fowler’s treatment of the song is incredible. He is such an amazing musician and producer. He discussed what he wanted to do with it in terms of giving it an epic sound whilst retaining the dreamy ethereal quality of Josie’s voice. He did most of the instrumentation, with me doing my acoustic guitar thing and backing vocals. those people that have heard Milton Hide before might be a little surprised but we are so excited by what he’s achieved. Independently of that, a talented film-maker friend of ours, Alex Thomas, said he really wanted to do a video of it. We thought it churlish to refuse both of these generous offers and thought that we could repay that generosity by helping a charity. We roped in loads of mates to help depict a party scene where the host is the centre of attention but feels isolated. A brilliant way of showing the loneliness we can all experience in a crowd.”
Milton Hide by Elizabeth-Doak-MH3
Media enquiries to: Darren Johnson +44 (0)7799 731 682 firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) can be found at: https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Milton Hide is Jim Tipler and Josie Tipler
Little Fish - ep - 2018
Milton Hide are thrilled to announce the release of their first official EP – Little Fish. Scheduled for release 28 April.
Milton Hide had a flying start to their first musical year – opening for R2 Folk Awards Winner, Jim Moray, supporting the legendary Martin Carthy and the iconic singer-songwriter Steve Tilston. They wrote and recorded a charity Christmas single, Christmas Lite. Now they have honed their stage craft, written new material, created new arrangements and have just released their first official EP, Little Fish.
HOW THEY MET
Jim Tipler and Josie Tipler (née Church) met at the age of 17 at art college in Hastings where they both studied graphic design. To raise extra cash they would go busking in Eastbourne town centre – often competing with the salvation army and pan pipes – Jim on piano accordion and Josie on clarinet.
Josie had wanted to learn the harp at school but was persuaded by her parents that the clarinet would be her instrument as it would straighten her ‘wonky’ teeth. Jim comes from southeast London stock where there was always a piano in the front room and family get togethers would feature people getting up to ‘do a turn’. They married in 1988.
Jim has always been involved with bands – usually folk/roots/blues in nature – and with his accordion- playing brother, Bob, formed the popular ‘Cajun Dawgs’ – a swampy, rockin’ Louisiana-style outfit. Jim went on to form The Pistol Shrimps – a union of The Cajun Dawgs and fellow cajun-style band, Rough Chowder. After both acts had run their course and disbanded in 2016, Jim persuaded Josie to pick up the clarinet once again and come out to play – easier now that their three sons had grown up and left home.
Taking the name of a local patch of woodland and scrub, from the very start Milton Hide decided they were going to write and perform original material and set out playing floor spots at folk clubs and open mics. Jim reworked some of the material he had written for previous bands to make it suitable for an acoustic duo and Josie started to write highly idiosyncratic and witty lyrics to which Jim added the music.
LITTLE FISH EP
Milton Hide have started their second year with the release of their first official recording – an EP entitled Little Fish. Rather than recreating an authentic, ‘live’ Milton Hide performance they decided to use instrumentation and guest musicians to present the songs in the best way they could and produce something more like a mini album than an EP. The CD features a painting and hand-printed sleeve, both created by Josie, with sleeve design by Jim, thanks to their art and design background.
Recorded and co-produced by their son, Chuck Tipler, The EP includes six highly original and varied songs, each of which brings melody and hooks that will stick like a very sticky thing.
Here’s what the band say about them:
1. Home Is Where Your Heart Is (the single from the EP)
Being the classic penniless musicians, we wrote this song as a wedding gift. Dedicated to an amazing couple and wonderful friends who were particularly affected by the Brexit referendum.
2. Monkyn Pyn
A song with a very interesting sounding title which takes its name from an area near where we live in East Sussex. After some research we found that Monkyn Pyn is simply and disappointingly derived from “Monks’ Pen”, ie. the pen where the Wilmington Priory monks kept animals. We thought it deserved a more interesting story so we wrote this original song.
3. Better Off Dead
Josie always refers to this as a song about life insurance, of which there can’t be very many (maybe this is the only one). It was written as a kind of protest against the austerity policy brought in by the government of the day.
4. Perfect Place To Hang
Sounds like it was written on a very cold, wet day in France – and that’s because it was. Don’t take the lyrics too literally – it’s written more as a lament about Brexit.
5. Love Is A Bitch (Then you die)
Many of the best songs ever written come from a background of heartache, misery and pain. Unfortunately for us we have been ecstatically happy together ever since the day we met. Happily though we have known many people who have suffered badly at the hands of love. (These tales are fictional and bare no relationship to any person – living or deceased).
6. Little Fish
In Japan Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day, is when Koinobori (carp kites) are flown all over the country. The carp swims upstream, even jumping over small waterfalls, so parents wish for their children to be strong and determined like the carp. This one is for our beautiful boys – Chuck, Lawrie and Bill.Milton Hide are thrilled to announce the release of their first official EP – Little Fish. Scheduled for release 28 April 2018.