Review Summary: “I’ll be making Monday my new favourite day of the week”
Milhouse's presence in the Australian punk scene was brief but contrastingly impacting. There's actually very little to say about them--they came, they put out two EPs, they played a bunch of shows, made two music videos, and then they broke up--but their music was something that made every second of that brief career worth following, right up to the end at the Poison City Weekender in a room full of drunk people singing “bup bup bup budada budadada doo”. Milhouse had the charm, wit, honesty, and unstoppably smile-inducing poppiness to instantly cement themselves as artists to watch. From their Internet-culture-slamming “hit” song “TL;DR” to their farewell single release of the gut-spiller “To Hell With Disbelief”, Milhouse brilliantly packed together catchy pop punk guitar riffs, a pounding rhythm section, a surprisingly versatile approach to vocals and conversational, often chorusless lyrics documenting Tom Elder's precious little life in hilarious, thematically driven vignettes. It was a formula that--though sprinkled with little unique augmentations from song to song--went mostly unchanged throughout their eleven song discography, but was nonetheless executed with strength, avoided homogeneity like the plague, and all the while stayed 100% fun. But like I said, there's very little to say about Milhouse. Their self-described brand of simple, posi-nerd pop punk power pop indie rock seeks not to be discussed or mourned or romantically retrospected: it's meant for singing along with big smiles between your 9-to-5 life of Mondays, eggs, laundry, the Internet, metaphysics, and nutritious cereal breakfasts.