photo by Ryan Russell
Thus it was that in 2006, the band reunited, and eventually a comeback album of sorts was released last year, called Life... The Best Game in Town. And sure, therein are plenty of the requisite moody, anvil-heavy stoner rock riffs (bring on the easy Melvins comparisons!). But watching Harvey Milk live is an unpredictable experience. There are minutes of quieter, band-teacher noodling that make for a good time to space out -- only to have a sudden, piercing shriek drag you back to earth in a crunching thud of riffage. Yes, this band can be jarring, but the sonic peaks and valleys are never boring.
The headliners here are longtime Milk buddies Torche, who by now need little introduction locally. Since parting ways with founding guitarist Juan Montoya last year, as a three-piece the band seems to be chugging along just fine. The band recently completed a full-out national tour supporting dredg, and this outing will take the trio back up through the east coast.
As a taster before the show, here's a track from Harvey Milk's latest album.
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Harvey Milk and Torche. Saturday, July 11. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Show starts at 9 p.m., tickets cost $10. Ages 18+ with ID. 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com