Sweet Yet Strong: Milk & Bone’s Spectacular LA Debut at the Bootleg Theater

Milk & Bone photo

Milk & Bone, Photo: LePigeon

The Bootleg Theater was host to a slew of incredible acts this past Friday night. For our main course, Milk & Bone show us why they were so lauded at SXSW, and to open for them were Danke and vōx, who both put on blissful bass-filled sets.

I missed most of Danke at the start but everyone in the room murmured about her with fresh excitement after she left the stage. Taking her name from the German word for “thank you,” she also seems to take influence from the European electro scenes with her glitchy IDM. As she tore down her set, I saw she donned a white spacesuit, which a woman nearby noted was appropriate since her music sounded “galactic.”

A ghost appeared onstage for the next performance. Vōx walked out with a long white veil covering her hands, singing through the fabric for the first song. The very first words she sang made the whole thing feel more like performance art, and she raised the question, “What is there to sing about if you’re not fucked up?” Her hands slowly clutched the air around her, prominent with purpose. Even when she stripped away the shroud, perhaps even more so, she was able to command the stage with the emotional depth of her music.

Finally, the two best friends Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, that make up Canadian electro-pop duo Milk & Bone took the stage with their dual synth setup. My expectations were high and I was not disappointed, as these girls outshone any glowing review I had read prior to Friday night. Their live production was impression but their harmonies stole the show. They even tackle a cover of Sufjian Stevens’ “Death With Dignity,” and I nearly fainted with joy. They said that this was their first performance in LA but I have a funny feeling that it is far from their last.

Words: Zoë Elaine

Milk & Bone – “Coconut Water”

vōx – “Get Down” (Live at the Bootleg 2.1.16)

Danke – “Mouth Confetti”

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One thought on “Sweet Yet Strong: Milk & Bone’s Spectacular LA Debut at the Bootleg Theater

  1. SteveinSoCal

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing Laurence & Camille playing LA ever since I the Montréal-based blogs bought Milk & Bone to my attention. But wow – what a line-up Friday evening. Danke was superb. There’s this deliberate disconnect between her experimental electro-pop rhythms and incredibly soulful voice. Plus she has this ability to pull a song in several different directions yet still make it sound whole. Vōx was absolutely amazing and posses a voice that I’d walk over hot coals to listen to again (if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s a bit of a hike down to LA). Her over of “Cry me a river” left me with goosebumps.However, Milk & Bone demonstrated why imho Montréal is the epicentre of North American electro-synth pop. A spellbinding set with the new songs hinting at an eagerly awaited new album, but yes, that version of “Death with dignity” was something very special…

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