Sob Story

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After bashing out a cluster of dyspeptic seven-inch punk singles, Columbus, Ohio's Gaunt headed into a local studio to record their first long-playing release. In 1994's resulting EP SOB STORY, Gaunt's bandleader and resident angry young man Jerry Wick wears his dissatisfaction and bitterness on his sleeve, as evidenced by hard-rocking and bluntly titled songs such as "Fear," "Lies," and "Frustration."

Lo-fi and chock full of punk vitriol, SOB STORY set Gaunt on a fruitful recording career that ended shortly after 1998's BRICKS AND BLACKOUTS, their underrated foray into power pop. While it features a much less-together band than the one heard on their excellent releases YEAH, ME TOO and KRYPTONITE, SOB STORY sets a standard by which 1990s punk bands should be measured.

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