Harvey Milk (band)

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Harvey Milk
Origin Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Doom metal
sludge metal
noise rock
stoner rock
experimental rock
Years active 1992–98, 2006–present
Labels Self Rising, Relapse, Reproductive, Tumult, Hydra Head
Members Creston Spiers
Stephen Tanner
Kyle Spence
Past members Paul Trudeau
Joe Preston

Harvey Milk is an American experimental rock/noise rock band that formed in Athens, Georgia in the early 1990s. While Harvey Milk invariably draws comparisons to the Melvins, due to their penchant for slow, heavy riffs, the band has touched upon such artists as ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, and Kiss as influences in their music.[citation needed] They even went so far as to perform a live show consisting of nothing but Hank Williams covers. One April Fool's Day gig at the 40 Watt in Athens, they performed R.E.M.'s Reckoning album from beginning to end, while Michael Stipe was in attendance.[citation needed]


Harvey Milk formed in 1992, naming themselves after Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected in a major U.S. city. Originally a trio of Creston Spiers, Stephen Tanner, and Paul Trudeau, the band released one album, My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment of What My Love Could Be, before Trudeau left in 1996.[1] They disbanded in 1998 but reformed in 2006.

On June 3, 2008, Harvey Milk released Life... The Best Game in Town. The band toured the eastern and southern US as well as Germany, England, Belgium, France and Scotland during the Summer of 2008.[citation needed] Life... The Best Game in Town was voted as the best album of 2008 in Rock-A-Rolla magazine writer's poll, although guitarist/vocalist Creston Spiers sees it as the band's worst album.[2]




Studio albums
  • My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment of What My Love Could Be (1994, CD on Yesha/Reissue CD on Relapse 2007)
  • Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men (1996, LP on Reproductive, CD on Tumult Records/Reissue CD on Relapse 2007/Reissue LP on Chunklet 2008 (Reissue used original sleeves, but vinyl was pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl))
  • The Pleaser (1997, CD on Reproductive/Reissue CD on Relapse 2007/LP on Chunklet 2008)
  • Special Wishes (2006, LP & CD on Megablade Records)
  • Life... The Best Game in Town (2008, CD / 2009, LP on Hydrahead)
  • S/T - The Bob Weston Sessions (2009, 300 LP Limited Run on Hydra Head for summer tour with Torche /2010 Remastered CD on Hydrahead)
  • Live at Supersonic (2010, LP on Capsule)
  • A Small Turn of Human Kindness (2010, CD on Hydrahead)
Compilation albums
  • The Singles (CD 2003)
  • The Kelly Sessions (CD 2004)
  • I Do Not Know How To Live My Life (7" 1995)
  • I've Got A Love (7" 2006)
  • Hayride/Harvey Milk: F*#k You Guys (7" 2006)
  • Harvey Milk/Wildildlife: In The Ground/Stormbringer (7" 2009)


  • Anthem (CD+DVD 2006, 2xDVD 2009)


  1. ^ Currin, Grayson (July 17, 2008). "Harvey Milk Life...The Best Game in Town". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Ayers, Chris Conversations: Harvey Milk at Exclaim! March 2010.

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