“We’ve always said genre’s a lie since day one”: Meet Hot Milk, the Manchester punk-rockers who love P-90 pickups and EDM in equal measure, and count Dave Grohl among their fans

Hot Milk performs onstage during the Lollapalooza Paris Festival - Day Two on July 22, 2023 in Paris, France.
(Image credit: Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

Rising out of Manchester’s world-renowned grassroots music scene, Hot Milk are fast becoming one of the UK’s most exciting guitar-based exports.

Formed in 2018, the band is dual-fronted by guitarists/vocalists Jim Shaw and Han Mee. With their hearts on their sleeves and their guitars slung all the way down to their knees, the pair never fail to bring their emo-punk tinged A-game to whatever stage they may happen to call home for the night. And boy, have they played some big ones in their whirlwind career to date. 

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.