Rockers Harvey Milk’s latest CD Life…The Best Game In Town (Hydra Head) sounds like retribution for years of neglect. To me it’s the sound of a force that can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t apologize and it pretty much doesn’t care what you think. With that said, here’s what I think about Harvey Milk: Life…The Best Game In Town
The first track is Death Goes to the Winner. It’s like Creepy Christmas music in the Summer time…and then like Bobby Fischer…Checkmate! Thrashing, driving, pounding sonic assault…Brain lock…Not once, but over and over again. I was fired up! A favorite track of mine is Decades because of its slow distorted melody complimented by a guy who is singing like his life is on the line. I’ll be playing this track over and over again for the next 3 years or so. After All I’ve Done for You, this is How You Repay Me? is what I meant by retribution for years of neglect. Fast, grinding, music acts as a front line to the heavy hammering drums….The title says it all. If you were a ghost hunter, you’d play this track and wait for the ghosts to come. No ghost would resist. We Destroy the Family is the feel good song of the album. Again, fierce drum work followed by a high plains drifter guitar solo. Motown is definitely my second favorite track. Loved the vocals. By comparison to the rest of the album, this track wasn’t so dark. I turned this up really loud in my room and the cat ran away as fast as she could. So that means it’s still dark enough! Roses slow tempo, lightness followed by dark phrases. Song for an anti-hero. Would have fit perfectly in the movie No Country for Old Men. Barnburner lightning fast, screaming, punkish, rockn, homage to the past 3 decades.
Look, what I’m trying to tell you is, you’re either really going to appreciate the return of one of the most influential bands in the 90’s that never got the credit they deserved or you already like ’em.
Harvey Milk takes their name from the politician and gay rights activist of the same name. He was assassinated in 1978. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk
Harvey Milk will be playing in Seattle live at the Funhouse this Thursday July 31st: