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Milhouse: Everything's Coming Up... [7-inch]Everything's Coming Up... [7-inch] (2012)
Midnight Funeral

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: BryneBryne
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There are plenty of valid arguments bemoaning the instant gratification, accessibility and ultimate disposability of music in 2012. It's very easy to end up inundated with sheer garbage, because anyone can be in a band now with little attention paid to skill or quality control. It makes the gems mor.
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There are plenty of valid arguments bemoaning the instant gratification, accessibility and ultimate disposability of music in 2012. It's very easy to end up inundated with sheer garbage, because anyone can be in a band now with little attention paid to skill or quality control. It makes the gems more difficult to find, both in a record store and online, but once they're found the taste (and sound) is almost sweeter, in a way.

Such is the case with Milhouse, a three-piece from Sydney, Australia who take their songwriting quirks and use them as cogs in an inherently catchy machine, as opposed to a sole selling point. Everything's Coming Up... is the most fun EP you're likely to hear in a long time, and it's played admirably and affably.

Running down the four songs that make up the EP, opener "TL;DR" is the strongest of the collection, with full-blown power chords that recall bands like Piebald and Hey Mercedes, and unabashedly clever lyrics about Internet shorthand that, as on-the-nose as they are, serve as a commentary on the social anxieties people develop by being chained to their phones and laptops instead of, y'know, actually speaking to other people.

The hits continue after that, though, and different instrumentation is incorporated for extra layers of sound, whether it's the Moog in "Eggs" or the piano in "Holiday." It's all done without any shred of irony, which is difficult to accomplish in a band like this. Closer "Uncanny Valley" shoots for straight-up science fiction with its lyrical content and laces it with huge melodies and impressive musicianship-Hell, the whole EP is impressive in that matter, considering that according to the band, it was recorded after only a handful of rehearsals together (three-and-a-half, to be exact).

Everything's Coming Up... is available for free download via Bandcamp and 7" vinyl can be imported via Midnight Funeral, though it'll hopefully only be a matter of time before the band have North American and European labels as well.

 

 
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shenaniganss (July 21, 2012)

Awesome band, awesome EP - I'll find myself humming TLDR at really odd times. Turned a couple of friends on to this band who generally don't like poppy punk stuff. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand they're pretty good live.

kidpresentable (July 20, 2012)

Got a little excited, thought the original Milhouse released new stuff.

Michael_Berryman (July 20, 2012)

there was already a band called Milhouse in the 90s. they were good.

eatbicycles (July 20, 2012)

think it sounds like Scott Reynolds and the Steaming Beast

really rad

moistphily (July 20, 2012)

Sounds like Smoking Popes, specially the vocalist!

FromAbove (July 20, 2012)

Cool. Downloaded

greg0rb (July 20, 2012)

Great band name or GREATEST band name? Wait... "Milpool" would have been even better. Or "Thrillho".

AlmostPunkEnough (July 20, 2012)

it's like a goddamn Hey Mercedes love-fest in this week's reviews! and i couldn't be happier. yet another band i wasn't aware of and i'm loving as we speak. the Simpsons name i could do without but they make it work with the album title. give me a few more record names like this and i'll be happy... give me more music like this and i'll be thrilled.

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