The back cover reads "Drinking makes it all suck a lot less" amidst the background of liquor bottles. On top of the samples taken from the Bukowski penned film Barfly, one can only conclude that Submachine's inspiration comes in a pack of six. This Pittsburgh quintet drink their way through 12 tracks of politically inspired punk that's complete with gruff vocals and rockin' guitar solos. Lots of songs about government corruption, atheism, and, of course, beer. Co-dependency aside, Now That I've Given Up Hope rocks out to a hybrid of '77 rock, '80s hardcore, and anaracho aspirations. Chances are that the studio sessions were paid in bottle returns.