It all began with a chance encounter in a bar in the Northern Quarter, a trendy district of Manchester. Jim Shaw and Hannah Mee knew immediately they’d be together for life the moment they set eyes on each other. Creatively too. They both became singers and guitarists in Hot Milk, an emo power-pop band that hit the ground running. About what you’d expect from a former concert promoter (her) and a lighting technician (him). Their first EP, ‘Are You Feeling Alive?’ (2019), earned them a support spot with Foo Fighters and a prominent place on the bill at Reading & Leeds Festival, the UK equivalent of Pukkelpop. They immediately started to do what so many British bands dream of but never achieve: conquering the United States. Travelling from one small club to the next in a van. Since then they’ve played their first shows in South America. Hot stuff!