Yourcodenameis:milo was an English alternative rock/experimental/post-hardcore band from Washington, Tyne and Wear. Their first mini album, All Roads To Fault, was released in 2004, followed in 2005 by the album Ignoto, both on Fiction/Polydor Records. In 2006, the band left their Polydor contract and within a month signed a new record deal with V2 Records. In November 2006, the band released Print Is Dead Vol 1, a side project album featuring collaborations with other bands. The band's second full-length album, They Came From The Sun, was released on 2 April 2007.
The band began an indefinite hiatus in August 2007.
Print is Dead Vol 1:
On 6 November 2006, the band released its first side project album, entitled Print Is Dead Vol 1. The album has Youcodenameis:Milo collaborating with other bands, including Tom Vek, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, The Futureheads, Field Music, Reuben, The Automatic, Martin Grech, Hot Club De Paris, Maxïmo Park, Lethal Bizzle and Bloc Party. Print Is Dead was recorded between sessions for Yourcodenameis:milo's second album and during their trip to play shows in New Delhi, India. The album was written, recorded and mixed at the band's own studio under the arches of Byker Bridge and affectionately named Like A Cat, Like A Fox, after the original title for their first album.
On 16 January 2006, the band announced that drummer Paul Gamble-Beresford had left under amicable circumstances and was to be replaced by Shaun Abbott.
They Came From the Sun:
The band released its second full-length studio album, They Came from the Sun, on 2 April 2007. They also set up their own General Recordings imprint through V2 and begun work on more recordings for Print Is Dead Volume II, in addition to a number of Brian Eno-inspired ambient works which may one day be released.
Justin Lockey was absent during all live performances for the band's UK tours in 2007, due to a shoulder injury.
The band announced a decision to go on an indefinite hiatus on 21 August 2007. In a statement they said:
After 5 years and 4 wicked cool records, we have decided to put Yourcodenameis:milo on an indefinate sic hiatus.
On 19 October 2007, it was reported by Rock Sound that the front-man Paul Mullen would be the new addition to the band The Automatic, not necessarily replacing the keyboard player Alex Pennie but taking on the role of rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and occasionally keyboards.
On 26 November 2007, the guitarist Justin Lockey's new band, British Expeditionary Force, released its first album, Chapter One: A Long Way From Home, to critical acclaim.
The drumme, Shaun Abbott, is currently a member of the Newcastle band We Are Knuckle Dragger. Adam Hiles plays guitar with The Eye Jab, now Mammal Club. He also dedicates at least five hours a month to tracking unexplained phenomena such as UFOs and Big Foot Ross Harley is in the process of writing material with Tomahawks For Targets.
Style and influences:
Yourcodenameis:milo's style was influenced by earlier post-hardcore/progressive bands, especially Cave In, Shellac, Fugazi and At the Drive-In. Themes such as space and sci-fi dominate its sound and elements, such as track titles and artwork, are often quirky and in-line with a very specific motif that the band has created for itself.
Paul Mullen - vocals, guitar, synthesizer,
Adam Hiles - guitar,
Justin Lockey - guitar,
Ross Harley - bass guitar,
Shaun Abbott - drums, percussion,
Paul 'Bez' Gamble-Beresford - drums, percussion (2002-2006)