When people think of New York Hardcore the first bands that come to mind are usually Agnostic Front, Warzone, Murphy’s Law, and other bands from that scene. But in the 90’s some bands would take those influences and add some of the noise coming out of New York City, early emo, as well as metal. This article, and a few to come, will introduce you to these different bands’ histories, discographies, and where to listen to them. The second installment in this series looks at Long Island New York based hardcore band Milhouse.
Record Label: Wreck-age Records
Written by Joshua Greenbaum
When people think of New York Hardcore the first bands that come to mind are usually Agnostic Front, Warzone, Murphy’s Law, and other bands from that scene.
But in the 90’s some bands would take those influences but add some of the noise coming out of New York City, early emo, as well as metal. A lot of these bands came from Brooklyn and Long Island. These band’s were all closely knit, often sharing band members.
Milhouse is yet another vital band reuniting to play that December 2nd Brooklyn Monarch show, and also the band C.R. shared their last 7” Ep with is:
Part 2: Milhouse
Milhouse, named after the character on The Simpsons, was a pretty hard to describe band. Discogs lists them as an “American hardcore band from Long Island New York”. I always thought this description did not do the band enough justice,
Loud, metal influenced angular guitars by Brian Meehan, along with singer Artie Philie’s manic scream to a growl vocals brought to mind a more technical Born Against or a more stripped down Vision of Disorder.
The band had their first two releases come out in 1995. The first being a split with the “controversial” Long Island band Fifty Two X on Reservoir Records, with the second with the unfortunately long forgotten about Queens, NY band Coercion on Struggle Records. Although the Reservoir Records Ep is usually easily found I recommend searching out the Coercion split to hear the female fronted Coercion ( They can also be found on the 1997 Ourselves live Compilation, next to Converge, Coalesce, Disembodied, and more. Its available on youtube)
Next the band released a 7” EP on Wreckage Records named Modern Problems, Old Fashioned Solutions & Classic Mistakes.Ep containing four more tracks, This time leaning hard on the Born Against influence, especially in the vocals. The material is better produced than their previous material. Even though Wreck-age was still a relatively small label, the EP did get some decent distribution and should be easily found.
In 1997 Milhouse released their one album on Wreck-age Records. Now with Rachel Rosen on bass, Justin Brannan (both of who will come up again in another band playing the December 2nd show, joining Brian on guitar, and Greg Collins on drums.
The album more refined Milhouse’s sound with far better production than on their previous material. The band also included some perfect samples to highlight the songs Sme examples would be from the movies Omega Man on “Welcome Back Fucker” (Track 4), The Shining on “Get The Axe” (Track 6), or a particularly disturbing sample from Roger Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger and Me on “Multiple Murders (Track 7). Each sample fits perfectly with the song.
The album was lost for some years, out of print and missing from all streaming platforms. In March 2023 Wreck-Age Records released a remastered version, this time with a few added songs. Obscenity in the Milk is now available to purchase on vinyl through the Wreck-Age Records website, as well as their Bandcamp page, or stream on all major streaming sites.
After the album Milhouse’s last release was a split on C.I. Records with the band C.R. (or Compassion Revolution), which was the first band I featured on an entry for this upcoming show).
For fun I would search out the compilation This is Springfield, Not Shelbyville! On Change Zine, where Milhouse does Earth Crisis’ “Firestorm” with the words changed about The SImpsons.
After Milhouse singer Artie Philie went on to play with Celebrity Murders ( with Brian Meehan), The Shemps, and more. He now plays in Ready For Death out of Chicago.
Brian would go on to play with Kill Your Idols, Man Alive, and now plays in War Camps and Omega Glory.
Greg Collins would go on to Radio 4
Rachel Rosen and Justin Brannan would go on to play in a band called Most Precious Blood, but this would not happen for a couple years. Before that Justin will continue playing in a band in which they were in at the same time as Milhouse. But this is a band who is also playing the December 2nd Brooklyn Monarch show, which we will learn all about in the next entry to this series.
Wreck-Age Records Website: https://wreck-age.com/