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Harvey Milk

Biography

At one time, the music of this Athens, Ga., band was essentially impossible to find and was referred to in the reverential tones of an underground holy grail. A combination of bad distribution, limited releases and seeming indifference by the public (but outright worship by the few who heard them) prompted the early-'90s band to call it quits before the new millennium, with only three LPs and a number of unheard 7-inches to their credit. As the '00s unfolded and such groups as Sunn O))) and Khanate expanded upon Harvey Milk's slo-mo dirge metal, founders Creston Spiers and Stephen Tanner reformed the band in 2006 and released the characteristically great Life: The Best Game in Town. As with their early material, the songs on Life vacillate between crushingly heavy doom metal, a chuggering hybrid of hardcore and ZZ Top, with moments of indie rock tranquility. An infinitely distinctive guitarist, Spiers is liable to peel off a seriously sweaty '70s rock vamp, while the vocals, whether yelled or whispered, detail a seemingly bottomless pit of despair. In 2010, their once-intended debut album was released as Harvey Milk -- The Bob Weston Sessions. A Small Turn Of Human Kindness followed in May of that year.
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